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Chinsegut 'Wild Florida' Photography Exhibit

Join us for the 7th 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 2022 theme is "Florida's Avifauna", and we invite you to participate.  We are pleased to announce we will have an in person ‘Wild Florida’ gallery event at Chinsegut Conservation Center in September 2022. More details about the gallery event will be posted.

2021 Online Gallery:  Chinsegut 'Wild Florida' Virtual Photography Exhibit | Flickr

 

 

Chinsegut Conservation Center

Join us as we venture out to discover Florida’s amazing birds! 

This year we would like to encourage you to explore some of the wonderful birding trails in your county but also some of the trails we have chosen to expand your birding experiences. From woodlands to marshes, these field trips are designed to increase your birding opportunities and inspire you to see the diversity of Florida’s birds.  

Bird photography field trips:

  • Saturday, February 26 - Chinsegut Conservation Center from 11am to 1pm
    • 23212 Lake Lindsey Road
      Brooksville, FL 34601  
  • Saturday, April 9- Chassahowitzka WMA from 9am to 2pm
    • 13243 Commercial Way, Brooksville, FL 34614
    • Use of personal vehicle required
  • Saturday. July 9 - Richloam WMA/Bass Conservation Center from 9am to 2pm
    • 3583 Co Rd 788, Webster, FL 33597
    • Use of personal vehicle required
  • *August 6 - Alfred A Mckethan/Pine Island Park from 9am to 12pm
    • 10840 Pine Island Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34607

Each field trip is limited to 20 participants and registration is required.  *Please note some locations have a fee. There will be more details about these field trips on the individual event pages.

To register, visit Chinsegut Conservation Center and click on 'Schedule of Activities' or call Chinsegut Conservation Center at (352) 754-6722. 

What to bring:

  • your camera, of course!
  • water/snacks
  • tri-pod (optional)
  • binoculars (optional)
  • Florida bird identification book (optional)
  • bug spray
  • appropriate footwear and clothing
  • any necessities you need
  • cell phone charged
  • plenty of fuel in the tank!

*It is not necessary to attend these field trips in order to submit your photos for the exhibit.   

Photos must be taken at a Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail location and taken any time after January 1, 2022. 

For locations visit GFBWT (floridabirdingtrail.com)

Photo Format 

  • Please use minimum filter and/or software effects. We want to highlight the natural beauty of what you see through the lens. 
  • Photos must be framed with a wire back attachment. 
  • Framed submissions are to be no smaller than size 8 in x 10 in and no larger than 12 in x 18 in  
  • The submissions can either be landscape or portrait in orientation.

Submissions 

  • Fill out and sign a Photo Release Form for each photo. The deadline for submissions is midnight Sunday, August 21, 2022. 
  • Please include an index card of your full name, location and date of where the photo was taken, bird species as well as a few sentences of your birding experience. Camera settings are not necessary. 
  • Photos of non-native or captive birds of any kind will not be accepted.
  • Photographers can submit a maximum of three photos.
  • Please drop off you framed art between 8am - 4pm, Tuesday, September 13 - Saturday, September 17. 

• Who may enter? 

The exhibit is open to photographers of all ages and level of photography experience. 

• How do I enter, and is there a fee? 

There is no fee to enter. For a complete description of how to enter your photos to the exhibit, click on Submission Guidelines above.  

• I took a great photo of a bird but it wasn’t taken at GFBWT location, can I submit that? 

Unfortunately, no. The purpose of this exhibit is to bring awareness to GFBWT locations.  

• Is there a required date that the photos must be taken? 

The earliest date your photo should be taken is January 1, 2022.  August 21, 2022 is the deadline to submit your photo(s), so this may give you time to make plans to visit any of the GFBWT locations.   

• Can I submit photos with people featured prominently in them? 

No. For this theme we would like you to focus solely on Florida's native avifauna.    

• 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 offers free nature photography workshops throughout the year. Please visit myfwc.com/chinsegut and click on 'Schedule of Activities' or follow us on Facebook to find out when our next workshop will be held. 

• Are there any prizes? 

All photographers who submit at least one entry for the exhibit will receive a Chinsegut ‘Wild Florida’ 2022 Photography Exhibit certificate of appreciation, a set of GFBWT guides, and a fun GFBWT sticker.

• What is the theme for next year? 

Our 2023 theme will be announced in December 2022. 

 

 

For more information, contact the Chinsegut Conservation Center at Chinsegut@myfwc.com or call (352) 754-6722.