- Photo Contest
- Kritters 4 Kids
- About Us
Listed are entry categories and examples of what might be in each category. Examples do not exclude other members of each category and do not necessarily represent biological classes. Please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any category placement questions. Your question will then be forwarded to the rules committee and an answer returned to you as soon as possible.
Five Divisions – 45 Total Categories:
D. Reptiles & Amphibians
A. Birds Division – 15 Categories
A01 Birds of Prey: Kites, Eagles, Hawks, Kestrels, Harriers, Falcons Caracaras, Owls & Vultures, etc.
A02 Wading Birds: Herons, Bitterns, & Egrets (Including Cattle Egrets), Storks, Ibis, Spoonbills, Cranes (Including Whooping Cranes), etc.
A03 Waterfowl: Geese, Ducks, Gallinules & Moorhens etc.
A04 Gallinules, Rails, Grebes etc.
A05 Shorebirds: Stilts and Avocets, Oystercatchers, Plovers, Phalaropes, Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Snipes, Killdeer, Yellowlegs, etc.|
A06 Orioles, Tanagers, & Thrushes: Meadowlarks, Robins, Bluebirds
A07 Flycatchers & Kingbirds: Kiskadee, Phoebes, & Pewees
A08 Jays, Kingfishers and Crows
A09 Cuckoos & Woodpeckers: Roadrunners, Anis
A11 Turkey, Doves, Quail and Prairie Chickens
A12 Mockingbirds, Thrashers & Shrikes: Wrens, Catbirds
A13 Buntings & Grosbeaks
A14 Cardinals & Waxwings: Pyrrhuloxias
A15 All Other Birds: Warblers (Including: Parulas, Yellowthroats, Redstarts, Ovenbird and Waterthrush), Vireos, Kinglets, Chickadees, Finches (Including: Dickcissel), Pipits, Titmice, Chats and Gnatcatchers, Loons, Nuthatches, Pelicans, Anhingas, Cormorants, Gulls, Skimmers, Terns, Blackbirds, Grackles. Sparrows, Towhees
B. Mammals Division – 7 Categories
B02 Rodents: Squirrels, Beavers, Mice, Rats, Nutria, etc.
B03 Rabbits & Hares
B04 Wild Cats
B05 Coyote & Fox
B06 Raccoon, Coati, Ringtails & Mustelids: Badgers, Skunks, Weasels, etc.
B07 All other mammals: Armadillos, Javalina, Wild Exotics, Bats, Opossum, Feral Hogs, etc. (NO DOMESTIC ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED.)
C. Invertebrates Division – 5 Categories
C01 Caterpillars, Butterflies & Moths
C02 Arachnids: Spiders, Scorpions, Ticks, Mites, etc.
C03 Bees, Wasps & Ants
C04 Dragonflies & Damselflies
C05 All Other Insects, Arthropods & Snails: Flies, Beetles, Grasshoppers, Walkingsticks, Mantids, Cicadas, Crickets, Katydids, Stink Bugs, Aphids, Snails, Centipedes, Millipedes, Crayfish, Land Crabs, etc.
D. Reptiles & Amphibians Division – 4 Categories
D01 Turtles & Tortoises
D02 Frogs & Toads
D03 Snakes, Lizards and Skinks: Coral snakes, Rattlesnakes, Cat-eye Snakes, Black-striped Snakes, Mexican Hognose Snakes, Spiny Lizards, Anoles, Horned Toads, etc.
D05 All Other Reptiles & Amphibians: Alligators, Salamanders, Newts, Siren, etc.
E. Special Division – 15 Categories – (Image Stitching, High Dynamic Range, and Focus Stacking are allowed for all the Categories in this Division only.)
E03 Patterns in Nature-Artistic/Abstract *
E04 Native Plants/Wildflowers*
E06 Weather-Seasonal, Thunderstorms, Rainbows*
E07 Wetlands/Water Scene*
E08 Sunrise/Sunset *
E9 Night Photography*
E10 Full Frame * – Photos submitted in this may be a capture of any subject that represents nature. Photos may be processed as allowed in these rules except for a “no-cropping” constraint. Photos in this category may not be cropped at all and must fully represent the complete RAW image as captured.
E11 “35-50″* – Images submitted in this category must be captured inclusively at focal lengths of 35mm – 50mm.
E12 Depth of Field* – Images submitted in is category should represent creative use of depth-of-field as a tool in creating unusual perspectives.
E13 Serenity/Peace* – Images submitted in this category should impart a sense or feeling of the calm, peace and serenity fund in nature.
E14 Land Operations* – This category is meant to capture realistic farm, ranch, and research activities which may or may not include livestock and/or people. A signed model release form (Attachment E) is required from each person identifiable in the photographs.
E15 Any Subject May Fall into this category *
* Wildlife need not be present in photographs submitted for (*) marked categories only!