Photo Contest Rules

The Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF)/ Lou Kellenberger Florida Photo Contest is open to all photographers in the United States who are at least 15 years of age (with the exception of the kids’ category. See below for more details). FWF employees are not eligible. FWF reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgment, entrant eligibility.

How to enter

All entrants must first create a contest account, providing contact information and a password for their photos. Entrants who enter photos into the contest must abide by the rules outlined on the website. Entrants coming to the FWF Photo Contest site through Facebook allow FWF to use information from their Facebook accounts to pre-populate their contest account forms. Once an account has been created, entrants can begin uploading their images. Entrants who upload their photos and pay the fee to enter the contest between 9:00 am (EDT) June 7, 2021, and 11:59 pm (EDT) December 31, 2021, may enter. Entrants may continue to upload additional photos at any time during the contest as long as they enter and pay the fee by 11:59 pm (EDT) December 31, 2021. Photos must be taken in the State of Florida and must depict Florida’s scenes and/or native plants, flowers or wildlife and may be not photo-shopped. Each photo must be entered into the desired category. Photographers may enter all images in a single category or select different categories for different photos. Photos may be color or black and white. Photos containing watermarks or other superimposed logos will not be admitted. You do not need to upload all photos at once. You may return to upload photos at any time by logging in with your email address and password. Once a photo has gone through the reviewal process and is published, users are unable to delete their pictures. All photos are subject to a reviewal process prior to entry into the contest and those photos not in accordance with the rules shall be disqualified, with no refund. It could take up to 14 days before you see your photo(s) in the gallery.

Contest entry period

FWF Florida Photo Contest opens at 9:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 7, 2021, and the deadline for submitting photos is December 31, 2021, at 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time. To avoid uploading delays, do not wait until the final days of the contest to enter. FWF anticipates notifying winners by February 2022. FWF may extend the Contest Entry Period in its sole discretion.

Entry information

All photos must have complete information attached, including title, description, name, location, camera specifications, date, identification, and category. The judges use this information to help them select the winners. Not providing full information may disqualify your entry.

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Photos shall all be of Florida scenes and or native plants, flowers, or wildlife and may not be photo-shopped. Photos containing watermarks or other superimposed logos will not be admitted.


Photographers must enter each image in one of the following categories. The same photo can be entered in up to three categories.

  1. Birds – This would be photos of a bird or flock, perhaps exhibiting some unusual pose or behavior. It could be a portrait or close up of a bird. Composition, background, and lighting can be important elements.
  2. Flowers – This would be anything with flowers, from a field of wildflowers to a close-up of the intimate details of a single flower. It could include interaction with say, an insect, but the primary subject should be the flower. If your photo is of a scene with lots of native flowers, especially if the scene includes the surroundings, consider entering it in the Landscape category instead.
  3. Garden – Photos of home or schoolyard gardens that are designed to help sustain native plants and animals. Photos can show small or large gardens, with a variety of plants, primarily native, that provide food, water, and cover for wildlife. Details of water or cover features can be important elements in the photo.
  4. Recreation – This would be well-composed scenes that include human(s) or human-made object(s) that are participating or designed to recreate in nature. For example, this is not a close-up of someone in a kayak, but rather a kayaker paddling on a lovely waterway (or hiker on a trail, etc.). Or it could be a string of colorful beached kayaks along a lovely waterway, emphasis on the lovely waterway (or trail, etc.).
  5. Sunset/Sunrise – This would be a landscape photo that includes a rising or setting sun, or the early/late light shining on the landscape/waterscape or sky, or even the light on a scene just before the sun rises or just after it sets.
  6. Landscape – This would be a scene depicting Florida’s natural beauty. It may include birds or animals, but the primary subject should be a well-composed, nicely lit scene. It may also include an area of water (since Florida has an abundance of fresh and saltwater features), but should predominantly feature the land.
  7. Waterscape – This would be a scene depicting Florida’s natural beauty whose subject is primarily a body of water, like a river, lake, sinkhole, spring, or coastal water. Composition and light should play important roles in making this photo.
  8. Wildlife – This would be any animal from mammal to fish to insect, except birds. This entry can include one or many creatures, or be focused on a portion of an animal. It can be made more interesting by exhibiting a characteristic or unusual behavior, or by being particularly well lit.
  9. Mobile – Photos made with mobile phones can be very unique since we happen to carry this camera around with us everywhere, so “right place – right time”. Photos can be taken by any type of mobile device. For example Apple, Android, Microsoft Phones, or tablets.
  10. Kids – This would be any photo made by a kid (14 and under). And please be fair – this is not the photo that was set up or heavily-assisted by the parent or other adult.

What photos to enter

Photos that reflect the category in which they are uploaded.

Technical requirements

Only digitally uploaded images can be entered. Mailed or shipped entries will not be accepted.

Preparing Photos: Preparing Photos: Camera-made digital images or scans of slides or prints must be uploaded as jpg, gif or png files. Photos should be no less than 390 kilobytes (saved at the maximum quality setting). If your photos are larger than that, there is no need to reduce their sizes—larger images are acceptable and may improve your photos’ quality. There is a maximum file size of 10 megabytes per image. Original sizes of camera-made digital photos should be 3 megapixels or larger.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable alterations are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and use of HDR (High Dynamic Range), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range, and similar processes for extended depth of field. Not acceptable alterations are photo composites (a combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and others that do not show the scene in its natural way.


Photos are not actually entered into the contest, made viewable by others or sharable, until the contest fee is paid and gone through the reviewal process by FWF. When you are ready to pay, click “Enter Photo Into Contest” to go to the payment page. A fee of $5 is charged for one photo, $10 for three photos, or $25 for seven photos. Fees are due prior to 11:59 pm (EDT) December 31, 2021. This fee is used to provide the prizes and help FWF in its conservation efforts. Payment is made on a secure web page using a major credit card. If the fee for each set you create is not paid by the deadline of December 31, 2021, any uploaded photos in that set will not be entered into the contest or made viewable or sharable.


Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. Judges will be volunteers of FWF. All decisions by the judges will be final and binding. Winning photos may be viewed in February 2022 on our website.


One First Place Prize, one Second Place prize, and one Kids Category prize will be awarded as listed below. All amounts are in U.S. dollars. All winners will appear on FWF’s website. The Winners may be notified by postal service mail or email.

  1. First Place: Cash Prize of $300 (One winner)
  2. Second Place: Kindle Fire ($99.00 value) (One winner)
  3. Kids Category: Outdoor Backpack (One winner)

FWF reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable.

Binding agreement

In order to enter the FWF Photo Contest, the Entrant must agree to these Official Rules (“Rules”). Because these Rules form a legally binding agreement with respect to this Contest, please read them carefully. If Entrant does not agree to and abide by the Rules, Entrant is not eligible to participate in the FWF Photo Contest or to win any of the prizes. Entrant agrees that his/her registration as an individual participant under the FWF Photo Contest constitutes his/her agreement to these Rules.

Intellectual property

Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of the photographs they enter except for the following: Your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your entered photographs—and your name, city, and state—to be published as Winners in FWF publications and on the FWF website, and you grant to FWF and its licensees the perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entry (along with a name credit) in connection with the FWF Photo Contest and promotion for the FWF Photo Contest, in any media now or hereafter known.

Entrants warrants that his or her entry materials are original, do not infringe on any third party’s rights, and that entrant has obtained any necessary permissions from any third party if a third party or third party’s property appears in the photograph. Entrants retain ownership of their photos, and grant FWF, its subsidiaries, affiliates, and partners an irrevocable non-exclusive license to reproduce, publish, circulate, or otherwise use the photographs.

Choice of law

The contest is governed by the laws of the United States and is subject to applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Entrant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved with FWF, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the FWF Photo Contest, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, before a court of competent jurisdiction in Leon County, Florida, which court shall apply the laws of the State of Florida without regard to conflicts of law. In any such dispute, Entrant shall under no circumstances, be entitled to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorney’s fees, other than the Entrant’s entry fee (if any). Entrant hereby waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

Deliberate acts

Any attempt by an Entrant or other individual to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the FWF Photo Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, FWF reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Force majeure

If, for any reason, the FWF Photo Contest is not capable of completion as planned, including, but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of FWF that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the FWF Photo Contest, the Florida Wildlife Federation reserves the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the FWF Photo Contest.


By entering, participants warrant that his or her entry materials are original, do not infringe on any third party’s rights, and that participant has obtained any necessary permissions from any third party if a third party or third party’s property appears in the photograph. Entrants must not submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer. FWF reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it finds in its sole discretion that any of the foregoing warranties are not true.


By entering, participants release and hold harmless FWF, its affiliated organizations, and each of their directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives (collectively, and, hereinafter the “Companies”) from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or related to the FWF Photo Contest, any prize won, any use of the entry materials by FWF, the warranties participants make, any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, participation in any FWF Photo Contest-related activity, or participation in the FWF Photo Contest.

Participants whose photos depict minors (children less than 18 years of age) acknowledge and agree that these photographs may be used in the FWF Photo Contest and hold the Companies harmless for any liability therefrom.

Limitation of liability

In no event will the Companies, their advertising, and promotional agencies, or their directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of participant’s access to and use of the Companies’ websites, or the downloading or uploading and/or printing of material from said sites. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the Companies’ sites is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. The Companies are not responsible for lost, damaged, late or misdirected photographs, or for uploading connections, garbled transmissions, unauthorized intervention or technical malfunctions. Void where prohibited. The Companies are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the FWF Photo Contest or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the FWF Photo Contest, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. The Companies assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, photographs.

How to contact us

Questions regarding contest rules or technical matters, including problems uploading photos, can be emailed to