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THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
'Ding' Darling Hosts 3rd Annual
Photo Contest For High Schoolers
The 3rd annual "Ding"
Cross High School
Photography Contest kicks
off on September 1, with a
deadline of January 1, 2016.
It invites high school students
in Lee, Collier, Charlotte,
Glades and Hendry counties
to enter for prizes that include
a Canon digital SLR camera
package, chartered class trips
to the refuge, and copies of
Waterbirds: Portraits and
Anecdotes from Birding
Adventures by contest
namesake, the late Theodore
Cross, who lived part-time
on Sanibel Island and has fami-
ly still living here, marched with
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.;
advised the Johnson and Nixon
administrations on anti-poverty
programs; wrote the influen-
tial book Black Capitalism,
among others; played a prominent role in President Obama's election; and created
Birders United, a birding website that ranked legislators according to their record of
bird protection support.
Late in life, Cross decided to indulge his love for birds and photography and trav-
eled the world to collect stunning portraits and stories to chronicle his adventures. He
shot often at JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel, and a number of
the images in his book reflect his love for the refuge. Cross published Waterbirds in
2009 at age 85; he passed away shortly after that in February 2010.
NPR's All Things Considered called Cross' collection of 179 images and countless
anecdotes "spectacular." The New York Times described it as "part visual encyclope-
dia, part memoir."
"The Theodore Cross Family Charitable Foundation has made possible this contest
with a generous grant to the 'Ding' Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge
(DDWS)," said Birgie Miller, DDWS executive director. "We couldn't be more thrilled
that they wanted their donation used in this way for a third year."
"We are so happy to be supporting a contest in my father's name, a contest that
will get our youth involved with nature by looking at it -- as my father so loved doing --
through a camera lens," said daughter Amanda Cross.
Digital image entries can be shot from any outdoor venue in the state of Florida. A
writing component to the contest requires entrants grades nine through 12 to submit
a 100-word description of the "moment" captured and how it reflects what nature and
wildlife mean to the photographer.
Entry rules and guidelines are listed below. Guidelines and prize information are also
posted at www.dingdarlingsociety.org/photo-contests. Call DDWS at 472-1100 ext.
233 for more information.
All entries and personal information must be submitted in digital format to the email
address email@example.com. Submit your full name, high school, grade and
an original photograph that you took of nature and/or wildlife in the open outdoors.
Include a title for the photograph and a written description (minimum 100 words) of
the "moment" captured and how it reflects what nature and wildlife mean to you. You
and your entry must comply with the following requirements:
• High school students attending schools in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades and
Charlotte (Florida) counties in grades nine through 12 may enter the contest.
• Only digital images are accepted and may be taken with any camera, including
• Images must be submitted in JPEG format and must have a size of at least 2000
x 1500 pixels or resolution of 2 megabytes.
• The photograph must be taken of nature and/or wildlife in the open outdoors
in the state of Florida, which may include parks, refuges, backyards and other open
• Panoramic photos are not allowed.
• Filters, cropping, enhancements and boarders are permitted. However, adding
any elements not existing in the original scene will not be allowed. Judges, at their dis-
cretion, will disqualify any photos that appear to be manipulated beyond these guide-
• Each participant may enter up to two photos but is eligible to win only one
• Judging will be anonymous. Please do not put your name or anything that will
identify you on your photograph.
• There are three judges: A refuge staff person, a professional photographer, and
a resident of the five-county
• Technical excellence
(sharpness, lighting, composi-
• Explanation of photo-
graph (minimum of 100 words)
All photos will become the
property of the society. Photos
may be used by the society
in any way with appropriate
After the images have been
submitted electronically, they
will be printed out for judging.
The winners of the contest
will have their images matted and displayed in the "Ding" Darling Visitor & Education
To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarling-
society.org or contact Birgie Miller at 292-0566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theodore Cross' coffee-table book of stunning bird
Last year's first place went to Matthew Boutelle from
Fort Myers High School for his photo Linesiders
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