The Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Year 2014 Competition

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Many of you may remember the incredible photography competition that we hosted back in 2012. The winner of this competition, Mark Bridger, won an incredible trip for 2 to witness the Great Migration with us last year. If you missed out back then then you certainly wont want to miss out on yet another opportunity to win this incredible prize!

We are proud to be associated with the Sunday Times Wildlife & Travel Photograph of the Year 2014 competition.

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Competition entries for the Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Year, first runner-up and second runner-up, as well as the Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Month, open February 2 2014 and close on December 5 2014.

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  • The year’s overall winner and two runners-up will be announced in Sunday Times Travel Weekly, on Times Live and on Facebook in December.
  • Each Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Month will be announced in Sunday Times Travel Weekly, on Times Live and on Facebook mid-month.
  • Any photograph entered into the competition between the aforementioned opening and closing dates can be considered by the judges as the winning photograph of any given month, or of the year.
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  • All photographs must be e-mailed to wildphoto@sundaytimes.co.za and within competition deadlines in order to be considered.
  • Each entrant may enter a maximum of 10 photographs a month.
  • Each photograph will be judged on its originality, authenticity, impact and technical skill
  • Only photographs taken in or after February 2012 are eligible.
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  • Photos of any free-roaming wildlife, urban or rural, may be entered. The subject matter can include any wild, fresh water, marine or land animals, as well as insects and birds, and may have been taken anywhere in the world. Photos of captive wildlife will only be considered where they highlight conservation threats skilfully.
  • Photos of domestic animals and livestock will not be eligible.
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  • Colour as well as black and white photographs will be accepted. Each photograph must be submitted in a high-resolution (at least 240dpi), digital format and not exceed 3MB in size.
  • Photographs must be submitted in a format that is strictly ready for publication in print. Photographs with borders, watermarks and signatures, and photographs submitted as thumbnails, will not be considered. Caption information may not be written or imbedded on the photograph.
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  • Each photograph must include detailed caption information. All caption information must be submitted in the body of the e-mail and not in or on the photograph itself.
  • Each caption must include the full name of the photographer, a cellphone number, an alternative number such as a work telephone number or telephone contact for a next of kin, and the photographer’s full South African residential address.
  • Each caption must include a title for the photograph, the exact location of the photograph (including place name, province/region and country), brief scene description, the date the photograph was taken (including month and year), the photograph’s exposure settings, and camera and lens used. Each caption must also include the full scientific name and common name of the main species in the photograph.
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  • While moderate editing will be allowed, each entry must be authentic, must be the photographer’s original work and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
  • The Sunday Times reserves the right to validate the authenticity of any entered photograph. If a photograph is selected for publication, the Sunday Times may ask the entrant to supply the original, unedited photograph for inspection. Any entrant found to be in breach of these terms will be disqualified.
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  • The copyright of all entered photographs will remain with the copyright holder. Each entrant grants the Sunday Times and the Times Media Group a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish and communicate their entered photographs to the public by any means and exhibit entered photographs and copies thereof in all media throughout the world.
  • The Sunday Times and the Times Media Group reserve the right to publish any photographs and any names of competition entrants in Travel Weekly, on Travel Weekly’s social media pages and Times Live. No remuneration will be offered.
  • The Sunday Times and the Times Media Group reserve the right to change the competition rules and deadlines at any time and without prior notice.
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In 2014, the Sunday Times and Wild Eye Safaris www.wild-eye.co.za are giving away R255 000 in cash and photo safaris to the winners in the WILDLIFE category:

First prize:

  • The winner of the Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Year will win a seven-day luxury safari for two people worth R120 000 to photograph the wildlife of Kenya’s Masai Mara during migration season. The prize is an all-expenses-paid package courtesy of Wild Eye Safaris and includes accommodation at the Wild Eye Mara Camp; all meals as well as non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (excluding spirits and premium brands); unlimited game drives in custom-built, photographic-friendly 4×4 vehicles; guidance from photographic experts; internal flights in Kenya and international return flights to Kenya from Johannesburg courtesy of Kenya Airways www.kenya-airways.com. The safari will take place in September 2015. The winner and partner must travel to Johannesburg at their own expense in time for the departure date. The winner and partner must supply their own camera equipment. The prize excludes travel insurance, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

First runner-up:

  • The first runner-up will win a seven-day luxury safari for one person worth R60 000 to photograph the wildlife of Kenya’s Masai Mara during migration season. The prize is an all-expenses-paid package courtesy of Wild Eye Safaris and includes accommodation at the Wild Eye Mara Camp; all meals and drinks (excluding spirits and premium brands); travel in custom-built, photographic-friendly 4×4 vehicles; guidance from photographic experts; internal flights in Kenya and international return flights to Kenya from Johannesburg courtesy of Kenya Airways. The safari will take place in September 2015. The winner must travel to Johannesburg at their own expense in time for the departure date. The winner must supply their own camera equipment. The prize excludes travel insurance, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Second runner-up:

  • The second runner-up will win a five-day luxury safari for one person worth R30 000 to photograph the wildlife of the Chobe River. The prize is an all-expenses-paid package courtesy of Wild Eye Safaris and consists of four nights and five days; five-star lodge and houseboat accommodation, including three nights on Ichobezi River Lodge houseboat, Chobe National Park, and one night at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge on Impalila Island, Namibia; all meals and drinks (excluding spirits and premium brands); travel on a dedicated photographic boat; exclusive docking rights at prime game-viewing areas; an international return flight to Chobe, Botswana, from Johannesburg. The safari will take place in November 2015. The winner must travel to Johannesburg at their own expense in time for the departure date. The winner must supply their own camera equipment. The prize excludes travel insurance, gratuities and items of a personal nature.
  • Each Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Month will win R5000, courtesy of the Sunday Times and the Times Media Group.
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  • Eligibility for the grand prizes at the end of the year is not limited to the competition’s monthly winners. Any competition entrant can be considered for the grand prizes.
  • An image that has been selected as a winner or runner-up in a national or international competition is not eligible for entry into the Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Year.
  • Photographs by amateur as well as professional photographers are welcome.
  • The competition is open to South African residents and citizens. Wild Eye Destinations and Photographic (Pty Ltd) and the Times Media Group’s employees as well as their immediate families may not enter. Prizes must be taken (or rejected) as awarded, cannot be transferred or deferred and may not be converted to cash. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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This promises to be a great competition and we are looking forward to seeing the entries and judges choices over the next couple of months. If you have any questions on the competition please feel free to leave a comment on the Sunday Times Wildlife & Travel Photograph of the Year 2014 Facebook page and the people in the know will respond to you there.

Good luck!

Andrew Beck

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