This is—quite possibly—the coolest contest that I have ever been able to offer on my blog. There are super sweet runner-up prizes and there is one-giant-spanky-mondo-super-cool prize. I present you with the Swarovski Digiscoper of the Year Contest.
These are the official list of rules (and make sure to read them carefully) for entering the contest but essentially, anyone over 18 years of age who uses a camera (either point-and-shoot or an SLR) with a spotting scope to take a photo is eligible to enter. The scope does not have to be a Swarovski scope, it can be any make or model and you can do it by borrowing your friend's equipment.
DO NOT SEND ME YOUR ENTRIES FOR THE CONTEST. You are supposed to enter your photos here.
Digiscoping images must be pictures of animals living in the wild that are created using a digital camera through the eyepiece of a field spotting scope. Above is a western meadowlark that I digiscoped as an example.
Here are the prizes: The best 10 images (places 1 to 10) will be published with the photographer’s name on the Swarovski Optik homepage.
The three entrants chosen as “Digiscoper of the Year North America” will receive the following prizes from Swarovski Optik:
In addition these pictures will take part in the international Swarovski Optik Photography competition, so enter today.
And remember, this does not have to be a Swarovski scope or even your own scope to enter. Just get a cool photo of a bird or other animal with a scope. And don't limit it to photos, go for video too, get creative and get outside. You have nothing to lose and some great prizes to gain.
I am totally shocked to be offering these prizes... these are like birding magazine prizes. So take advantage of this contest!