Photographic Contests are varied and many in number and kind. There are several that are just essentially marketing gimmicks, to get Facebook “Likes” or a direct effort to steal from you in the form of non-refundable “entry fees”. I only like the ones that are genuine, useful, or at least make an effort to return your “entry fees”.
Every now and then you will come across a very interesting contest or two. Today, an email landed at one of my favorite Yahoo! Groups, the “calphoto” group (link below).
The email details a very interesting “Banded” Pelican photo contest. You essentially have to take pictures of banded Pelicans, and report as accurately as possible, and from the looks of it, for a free entry, you stand the chance to win a 20-60 x 60 Angled Spotting Scope!
The benefits of this contest appear to be quite self evident. The International Bird Rescue Group (with the ambitious vision, “Every bird matters”) has ostensibly released over 1,100 California Brown Pelicans with blue bands from their wild life hospitals. It appears that not all bands are blue, and regardless of color they want you to report any that you find.
Of course, there are a few more rules for you to follow, which you can find here: http://bird-rescue.org/pelican-project/banded-pelican-sighting-contest.aspx
Very recently, on a random trip to the Coast, I spotted several Brown Pelicans, but I didn’t catch any with bands. Now, I will be on the look out, as I hope are you! Bon Chance!
1. Bird Rescue’s Page: http://bird-rescue.org/pelican-project/banded-pelican-sighting-contest.aspx
2. Calphoto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/calphoto/