12th Digiscoper of the Year

COMPETITION DETAILS

Nature’s diversity and uniqueness never cease to inspire us. After all, there are more than 4,500 species of mammals and more than 9,900 types of bird worldwide, each one unique in their appearance and behavior.

This diversity is also reflected in the many different digiscoping pictures and now, they will be classified in four theme-specific categories.

 

Definition of digiscoping

Under the terms of this competition, digiscoping pictures and videos are digital pictures and videos featuring animals that have been produced using a digital camera and a spotting scope eyepiece.

The four categories in the “Digiscoper of the Year 2017” competition are as follows:

 

Movement & Action

What criteria does my picture need to meet for the “Movement & Action” category?

  • The digiscoping pictures in this category are digital photos of birds, insects, amphibians, and reptiles living in the wild (NB: there is a separate category for mammals), where the focus is mainly on the creature’s movement and activity. The motif must be in motion.
  • Further selection criteria in addition to relevance to the theme include the complexity of the shot and the esthetic aspects of the pictures submitted.
  • Competition terms and conditions

 

Sample pictures:

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Movement & Action category expert

  • Tara Tanaka

 

Tara Tanaka: Great movement and action photos should show an aspect of the subject that would not be seen if the bird or animal was perched or still.  For a winning shot in this category I’ll be looking for the unusual or dramatic that captures the subject’s personality, or a shot that depicts a behavior such as feeding or interaction with another bird or animal.  The digiscoper should demonstrate the ability to choose an ISO, shutter speed and EV compensation that is appropriate to best capture the action, as well as maintaining a sharp eye and creating an appealing composition.

 

Portrait & Macro

What criteria does my picture need to meet for the “Portrait & Macro” category?

  • The digiscoping pictures in this category are portrait shots of birds, insects, amphibians, and reptiles living in the wild (NB: there is a separate category for mammals), which do not fall under the “Movement & Action” category.
  • Further selection criteria in addition to relevance to the theme include the complexity of the shot and the esthetic aspects of the pictures submitted.
  • Competition terms and conditions

 

Sample pictures:

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por3

 

Portrait & Macro category expert

  • Dominic Mitchell

 

Dominic Mitchell: For Portrait and Macro work, it’s vital to make your images stand out from the crowd. As well as being sharp and perfectly exposed, consider also depth of field and particularly composition, and how they can be used to enhance your shots. The best up-close studies share an intimate sense of the subject’s world, as if through the eyes of the species itself.

 

Mammals

What criteria does my picture need to meet for the “Mammal” category?

  • The digiscoping pictures in this category include movement & action images and portrait & macro shots of mammals living in the wild.
  • Further selection criteria in addition to relevance to the theme include the complexity of the shot and the esthetic aspects of the pictures submitted.
  • Competition terms and conditions

 

Sample pictures:

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mam2 
 

mam3

 

Mammals category expert

  • Riccardo Camusso

 

Riccardo Camusso: When I manage to take a photo on my reflex camera that captures not only the forms but also the eyes, expression and mood of a wild animal, I am very happy. Only digiscoping allows me to keep my distance from the nature scene I’m shooting and achieve this miracle, which goes well beyond a purely technical and formal capability.

 

Video

What criteria does my picture need to meet for the “Video” category?

  • All videos showing animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects) living in the wild are eligible for this category.
  • Further selection criteria in addition to relevance to the theme include the complexity of the shot and the esthetic aspects of the pictures submitted.
  • Competition terms and conditions

 

Sample videos:

 

Videos category expert

  • Frank Resseler

 

Frank Resseler: A moving image tells us more about a subject then a still frame. The combination of a scope and a film camera is a fantastic medium to observe and capture pure undisturbed behavior of our natural environment. Personally I was amazed by the qualities the SWAROVSKI OPTIK scope had to offer. The close focus, good light entrance and sharpness make the scope a necessity when I’m out shooting footage in the wild. Filming natural beauty with a scope asks for the knowledge of its full capacity. Your preparation, choice of subject, light play and focus are the main criteria that can make you a new Digiscoper of the year.

 

Important dates

Deadline for submitting entries: September 30, 2017 (23:59:59 CEST)
Adjudication period: October 1 to October 15, 2017 (23:59:59 CEST)
Announcement of winner: December 2017