Chinsegut 'Wild Florida' Photography Exhibit
“I tend to think of the act of photographing, generally speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” ― Diane Arbus
Join us for the 5th annual Chinsegut 'Wild Florida’ Photography Exhibit!
Since 2015, The Chinsegut Conservation Center has hosted an annual themed photography exhibit for photographers of all skill levels. The event showcases the unique perspective that each photographer brings to their work.
The 2021 theme is Landscapes ‘Coast to Coast', and we invite you to participate. This year the exhibit will be entirely virtual.
Online Gallery Reveal: Saturday, September 4, 2021
A photo presentation event will be held at the center after the online gallery reveal, date TBD.
To learn more about the exhibit and hone your photography skills, consider attending one of our 'Wild Florida' Photography workshops:
- Saturday, April 10 – 10am to 12pm at Chinsegut WEA
- Saturday, May 15 – 10am to 12pm at Chinsegut WEA
- Saturday, June 19 – 10am to 12pm at Chinsegut WEA
- Saturday, July 17 – 10am to 12pm at Chazzahowitzka WMA
It is not necessary to attend a workshop in order to submit a photo for the exhibit. However, these workshops are a great opportunity to learn DSLR camera basics and participate in a guided nature walk to inspire fresh and creative ideas.
Each workshop is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. To register, visit myfwc.com/chinsegut and click on 'Schedule of Activities' or call Chinsegut Conservation Center at (352) 754-6722.
What to bring to the workshop:
- your camera, of course!
- something to take notes
- bug spray
- appropriate footwear
- Photos must be taken at one of FWC's Wildlife Management Areas.
- Participants should follow all WMA rules and regulations.
- Some WMAs require a daily-use permit fee
- Participants should follow all ethical field practices for nature photographers.
- Limit submissions to 2 per photographer.
- Please use minimum filter and/or software effects. We want to highlight the natural beauty of our landscapes.
- Please resize your photos to no larger than 2100 pixels in width and 96 dots per inch in resolution.
- JPEG format only
- File Name:
- Save as YourName-2021.jpg
To enter your photo(s) into the exhibit, you must e-mail your photo to Alice.Herden@myfwc.com with the following information:
- Name of photographer
- Age of photographer (if under 18)
- Date photo was taken
- Location (specifically which WMA the photo was taken on)
- Comment about what inspired the photo
- Was it something you saw? Was it something you felt? Is it a favorite spot or a place you like to visit?
- Fill out and sign a Photo Release Form for each photo. Attach the completed form(s) to your email along with your submission.
The deadline for submissions is midnight Sunday, August 22, 2021.
Why a virtual photography exhibit?
Since 2015, The Chinsegut Conservation Center has hosted a photography exhibit during the annual Chinsegut Wildlife Day event. Unfortunately, that and other in person events were cancelled due to the pandemic. However, we still wanted to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy our WMAs, so we created a virtual photography exhibit to do just that!
Who may enter?
The exhibit is open to photographers of all ages and abilities.
How do I enter, and is there a fee?
For a complete description of how to enter your photos to the exhibit, click on Submission Guidelines above. There is no fee to enter.
I took a landscape photo not from an FWC Wildlife Management Area, can I submit that?
Unfortunately, no. The purpose of this exhibit is to bring awareness to FWC's WMAs.
I took a really cool landscape photo several years ago. Can I submit that?
The earliest date your photo should be taken is January 1, 2020. August 22, 2021 is the deadline to submit your photo(s), so this may give you time to plan for a lovely nature walk or hike on a WMA.
Can I submit photos with people featured prominently in them?
Please limit your submissions to photos either without people or where people are not the subject of the photo. E-mail Alice.Herden@myfwc.com for more guidance.
Can I add subjects or alter my images?
Please do not substantially alter your photos. Some minor editing adjustments such as cropping and light editing are acceptable.
I am new to nature photography and would like to learn more. What can I do?
Chinsegut Conservation Center is offering free workshops for those interested in nature photography and this event. The workshop dates are April 10, May 15, June 19, and July 17 2021. Registration is required.
Are there any prizes?
No, there are no prizes. However, all photographers whose photos are accepted for entry into the exhibit will receive a Chinsegut ‘Wild Florida’ 2021 Virtual Photography Exhibit certificate of appreciation.
Is there a theme for next year?
Yes, of course! Our 2022 theme will be announced in December 2021.
For more information, contact the Chinsegut Conservation Center at Chinsegut@myfwc.com or call (352) 754-6722.