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Sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach and Grassy Waters Conservancy

The contest is intended to showcase the natural environment and diversity in/of Grassy Waters Preserve by amateur photographers. Photographs should reflect the subject and scene as it actually appeared. There are four adult categories and a Youth category. Images can be taken in 2023 or any time in the past, with any photographic device (traditional camera, smartphone, iPad, etc.).

  1. The entry period is 12:00:00 AM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 through 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
  2. Entries can only be submitted through the GWC website
  3. Each Adult photographer may submit unlimited entries. The adult entry fee is $10 dollars per image and is a tax-deductible donation to GWC.
  4. Youth photographers may submit up to 3 images. There is no fee for Youth entries.
  5. All images must be in digital JPEG format.

  1. The four Adult categories are:
    1. Landscape: plants, scenic, water and weather.
    2. Wildlife: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects.
    3. Black and White: black and white images.
    4. Closeup/Macro: landscape, wildlife, or black and white images.
  2. The Youth category is for photographers under age 14 on February 1, 2023, affirmed by an adult when entering. Images can be landscape, wildlife, black and white, or closeup/macro.
  3. Judging will be by a professional photographer, and the GWC and Preserve staffs. The professional photographer may move an image to a different category.
  4. The professional photographer will select the "Grand Prize" image; 1st, 2nd and 3rd place images in each category; and additional Honorable Mention images.
  5. The Preserve staff will select the "Nature Center's Choice" for its annual poster.
  6. One "People's Choice" winner will be selected by voting on Adult entries only. Votes on Youth entries will NOT be counted and any money paid considered a donation to GWC.
  7. The winning and honorable mention images will be exhibited at the Preserve. Other exhibitions of the photos and prizes for the photographers will be announced.
  8. Images may be used by GWC in a Preserve calendar sold for fundraising.

  1. The photographer affirms that each photo was in/of the Preserve and taken by the photographer. Solid Waste Authority land and trails are NOT part of the Preserve. The official map is on the GWC website.
  2. The contest is for amateur photographers only. Professionals are NOT eligible and their entries will be deemed ineligible. A professional is someone (i) with significant income from photography or videography or (ii) previously identified as a professional.
  3. A previous contest winner or honorable mention photo entered in the contest will be deemed ineligible.
  4. If an entry contains the image of a person(s) the person(s) should NOT be able to be identified or the entry will be deemed ineligible.
  5. If an image contains information identifying the photographer or watermarks it will be deemed ineligible.
  6. Digitally enhanced or manipulated images beyond cropping; and minor color, saturation, contrast, and sharpening adjustments will be deemed ineligible.
  7. Panoramas will be deemed ineligible.
  8. An entry deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of the judges, will be disqualified with no entry fee refund.
  9. The photographers grant perpetual rights to WPB and GWC to use entered images without compensation. A reasonable attempt will be made to credit photographers, who retain the copyright of their images.
  10. WPB and GWC are not responsible for entries not following the contest rules.
  11. WPB Preserve staff and GWC contest staff are NOT eligible to enter.
  12. All contest decisions, judging and voting is considered to be proprietary and confidential.
  13. By submitting an entry, the photographer agrees to abide by all contest rules, and waives claims of any kind against the organizers and judges of the contest.
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