Categories by Division

2019 Contest Examples

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 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 – 47 Total Categories:
A. Birds
B. Mammals
C. Invertebrates
D. Reptiles & Amphibians
E. Special

A. Birds Division – 16 Categories
A01 Birds of Prey I: Kites, Eagles, Hawks, Kestrels, Harriers, Falcons Caracaras, Owls & Vultures, etc.
A02 Wading Birds I: Herons, Bitterns, & Egrets (Including Cattle Egrets), Storks, Ibis, Spoonbills, Cranes (Including Whooping Cranes), etc.
A03 Waterfowl: Geese, Ducks, Gallinules & Moorhens etc.
A04 Shorebirds I: Stilts and Avocets, Oystercatchers, Plovers, Phalaropes, Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Snipes, Killdeer, Yellowlegs, etc.|
A05 Orioles, Tanagers, & Thrushes: Meadowlarks, Robins, Bluebirds
A06 Flycatchers & Kingbirds: Kiskadee, Phoebes, & Pewees
A07 Jays, Kingfishers and Crows
A08 Cuckoos & Woodpeckers: Roadrunners, Anis
A09 Hummingbirds
A10 Turkey
A11 Doves, Quail and Prairie Chickens
A12 Mockingbirds, Thrashers & Shrikes: Wrens, Catbirds
A13 Buntings & Grosbeaks
A14 Cardinals & Waxwings: Pyrrhuloxias
A15 Misc. Small Songbirds: Warblers (Including: Parulas, Yellowthroats, Redstarts, Ovenbird and Waterthrush), Vireos, Kinglets, Chickadees, Finches (Including: Dickcissel), Pipits, Titmice, Chats & Gnatcatchers
A16 All Other Birds: Loons, Nuthatches, Pelicans, Anhingas, Cormorants, Gulls, Skimmers, Terns, Blackbirds, Grackles.sparrows, towhees

B. Mammals Division – 7 Categories
B01 Deer
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 – 6 Categories
C01 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.
C06 Caterpillers

D. Reptiles & Amphibians Division – 5 Categories
D01 Turtles & Tortoises
D02 Frogs & Toads
D03 Lizards & Skinks
D04 Snakes: Coral snakes, Rattlesnakes, Cat-eye Snakes,Black-striped Snakes, Mexican Hognose Snakes, etc.
D05 All Other Reptiles & Amphibians: Alligators, Salamanders, Newts, Siren, etc.

E. Special Division – 13 Categories – (Image Stitching, High Dynamic Range, and Focus Stacking are allowed for all the Categories in this Division only.)
E01 Action
E02  Camouflage/Mimicry
E03 Patterns in Nature-Artistic/Abstract *
E04 Native Plants/Wildflowers*
E05  Landscape*
E06  Weather-Seasonal, Thunderstorms, Rainbows*
E07 Wetlands/Water Scene*
E08  Sunrise/Sunset *
E09 Humor
E10 Night Photography*
E11 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.
E12 Creative Digital/Technical Effects* – Anything goes if it’s Nature.
Put your full artistic, creative abilities to work with your camera and/or computer software. In addition to the image adjustments mentioned above for all Categories in this Division, take any wildlife or scenic image from your registered property (taken during the contest period) and apply any camera effects you choose. Some examples are: multiple-exposures, stroboscopic flash, second-curtain synchronization, or just apply            black & white, sepia, starburst filters, etc. And/or apply any of your computer software skills you wish to create dramatic, eye-popping images of nature from new perspectives not found in other Categories. All multiple images must be taken by the registered photographer; no clipart is allowed. (Include “Attachment D” for a short explanation of your special effects details.) Any technical equipment may be used for this category.
E13  Any Subject May Fall into this category *

* Wildlife need not be present in photographs submitted for (*) marked categories only!

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