10th 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 2015” 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.
  • 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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Jury members for the Movement & Action category

  • Dominic Mitchell
  • James Lees
  • Tara Tanaka
  • Magnus Corell

 

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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Jury members for the Portrait & Macro category

  • Dominic Mitchell
  • Amy Hooper
  • Ulrich Lanz
  • Jörg Kretzschmar

 

Amy Hooper: While evaluating images, Amy looks for razor-sharp focus at the focal point, good lighting and interesting composition, the latter being especially appreciated when it reveals one of a creature's unique traits or behaviors. An impressive image shares new information with the person looking at it.

 

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 
 

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Jury members for the Mammals category

  • Riccardo Camusso
  • Jonathan and Angela Scott
  • Markus Zeiler
  • Otmar Penker

 

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:

 

Jury members for the Videos category

  • Tara Tanaka
  • Frank Resseler
  • Marc Plomp
  • Mario Kreuzer

 

Tara Tanaka: Video is the perfect medium to capture behaviors that can’t be conveyed with a photo alone.  While a video of something interesting or unusual taken with the camera in a fixed position might be a good video, I’ll be looking for the video of something interesting or unusual that utilizes panning to capture action and demonstrates the ability to maintain focus while following a moving subject. Proper use of “rack focusing” while moving from one subject to another would earn bonus points.

 

Special “Animal Antics” Award

Digiscoping pictures of Wildlife in humorous or surprising situations. This category will not be considered in the main competition of the Digiscoper of the Year. Jury will be the kindergarten kids from the OptikS Wichtelwald and the prize will be a “Goodie-Backpack”.

 

Sample pictures:

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antics_marcelo 
 
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Important dates

Deadline for submitting entries: September 30, 2015 (23:59:59 CEST)
Adjudication period: October 1 to October 18, 2015 (23:59:59 CEST)
Announcement of winner: December 2015