2013 Digiscoping Competition

SWAROVSKI OPTIK is launching its 8th “Digiscoper of the Year” competition

The aim of the 8th Digiscoper of the Year competition is to discover the beauty and diversity of nature and to capture priceless moments.

01 place_2012_DOY_Tara Tanaka Digiscoping imageThe winning picture in 2012: a portrait of a Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) by Tara Tanaka © Tara Tanaka

This year, the competition has four specific themed categories – including video – making it possible for entrants to submit a wider variety of subjects and settings for the competition. A jury of top-class experts will select the winners. The first prize is a full set of SWAROVSKI OPTIK digiscoping equipment. All digiscoping fans are invited to cast their vote for a winner each month via the SWAROVSKI OPTIK Facebook page. The competition begins on June 3, 2013 and the closing date for entries is September 30, 2013.

The variety and uniqueness of nature fascinate and inspire: worldwide there are more than 4,500 types of mammals and over 9,900 species of birds, each unique in its appearance and behavior. As we continue to discover and explore wildlife, fresh questions constantly arise but however different the answers may be, nature will always be a part of them..

Fascination with digiscoping
Digiscoping – taking photographs through a spotting scope – is a way of discovering and preserving nature, in particular the huge variety of species on earth. In the context of the competition, SWAROVSKI OPTIK defines digiscoping pictures and digiscoping videos as digital pictures and videos of animals in their natural habitat, taken with a digital camera through the eyepiece of a spotting scope.

Four categories and videos for even more diversity
To be able to include more subjects and photo opportunities in the competition, there are four categories this year: “Behavior and action,” “Portrait,” “Mammals,” and “Videos.” The winning photos in each of these categories will be chosen by a jury of the relevant experts.

Unique prizes for unique pictures
SWAROVSKI OPTIK will publish the best 15 of all the pictures submitted and the best 5 videos, with the names of the competitors, on www.digiscoperoftheyear.com
There will be one winner per category, one of which will be the overall winner and given the title “Digiscoper of the Year 2013”. The first prize is a set of SWAROVSKI OPTIK digiscoping equipment (ATX or STX eyepiece modules of choice, digiscoping adapter, spotting scope rail, tripod, and tripod head) – for even more pleasure in discovering when digiscoping. The other three category winners will each receive a SWAROVSKI OPTIK EL 32 binoculars.

“Digiscoper of the Year” on Facebook.
SWAROVSKI OPTIK will select 15 pictures from all the photos submitted each month and publish them on www.facebook.com/swarovskioptik. All digiscoping fans are invited to choose the three pictures they like the most (based on the number of Likes). The most popular video each month will also be chosen on Facebook. The three most popular pictures and the most popular video each month will each receive a valuable SWAROVSKI OPTIK fleece jacket.

What you need to know to take part
Digital and video cameras, smartphones of any kind, and any commercially available spotting scope and eyepiece may be used for the competition. Pictures may only be submitted by uploading the files on www.digiscoperoftheyear.com. Videos should be no more than 60 seconds long and should be supplied in a minimum quality of 720p, only via YouTube/Vimeo. Photos and videos that have been digitally manipulated are not allowed in the competition. However, retouching e.g. contrast, brightness, or sharpness, is allowed, but the original picture or video must be available in the unprocessed format.

Important deadlines  
Closing date for submissions: September 30, 2013 (23:59:59 CEST)
Judging phase: October 1, 2013 until October 21, 2013 (23:59:59 CEST)
Announcement of the winners: December 2013

Birdwatch Magazine (UK), the Bavarian Society for the Protection of Birds (Germany), and the Dutch Birding Association (Netherlands) are partners of the competition.


About Martin Garner

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