The Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn is accepting entries for its 2013 Wildlife Photo Contest. There is an entry fee of $10 per photo. Up to three photos may be entered.
This contest is open to amateur photographers only; contestants must not earn more than 25 percent of their yearly income from taking and/or selling photographs. Each entry must be accompanied with an entry form and all submissions must be received at the Fox Valley Wildlife Center office address by Friday, Jan. 18.
Judges appointed by the Fox Valley Wildlife Center will choose the winners. The judges' decision on all matters relating to the competition is final. First- to fifth-place awards will be chosen.
The winners will be announced at the annual Winter Dinner/Auction, to be held at the Fox Valley Country Club in North Aurora. All contest entries will be displayed at the event and the winning entries will be placed on the website at www.FoxValleyWildlife.org in February. Individuals with winning photographs will be notified prior to the dinner.
The subject of the photo must be Illinois wildlife, including mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and fish; no human contact, please.
Entries may be color or black-and-white images, unmounted and unframed. Print size must be an exact 5-by-7-inch or 8-by-10-inch. The contestant must be the sole author and owner of the copyright in all photos entered, and the images must not have been digitally altered in any way other than necessary, such as burning, dodging and cropping.
Label all photo submissions with your name, address, telephone number, email address, a title for the photo, where the photo was taken and the equipment used to take it.
These photos will not be returned. The photographs will become the property of the Fox Valley Wildlife Center and may be used for nonprofit publications, Web pages, presentations and sales.
For the entry form, visit www.foxvalleywildlife.org. The entry form and check, made out to the wildlife center, should be sent to Fox Valley Wildlife Center, P.O. Box 385, Elburn, IL 60119-0385.
The Fox Valley Wildlife Center is a 501(c) 3 volunteer organization that relies entirely on donations, memberships and fundraisers. It is state and federally licensed to care for birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Most of the animals that come to the center have been impacted by man in some way, whether loss of habitat, window strike or pet attack. Center staff and volunteers try to rehabilitate each animal and release them into a safer environment.
For details, call (630) 365-3800 or visit www.foxvalleywildlife.org.