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THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Tuesday, September 15 marks
the deadline for the 28th annual
“Ding” Darling Days Amateur
Nature Photography Contest.
The contest, sponsored by the “Ding”
Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the
Refuge (DDWS), is held in conjunction
with the 26th annual “Ding” Darling
Days, returning from October 18 to 24.
Complete contest rules are listed
below. For an entry form and other con-
test information, visit www.dingdarling-
society.org/photo-contests. Or contact
DDWS at email@example.com
or 472-1100 ext. 233.
Winners will be announced and
awarded prizes at Conservation Art Day
on Saturday, October 24, during “Ding”
Entries may be delivered in person to
JN “Ding” Darling NWR or by mail to
“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society (DDWS),
One Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957
(Attention: Sarah Lathrop).
• There is a $25 per person entry fee
that provides you with a membership to
the Society and is used to defray the cost
of the contest. One $25 fee covers two
entries per person.
• Only amateur (all ages) photog-
raphers are eligible to enter (may not
possess a professional photographer tax
identification number for the sale of pho-
• Photos must be taken at JN “Ding”
Darling NWR and have been taken within
two years of entry date.
• Photos must be 8x10-inch (or full
frame 8x12-inch) with an 11x14-inch
mat. This will facilitate display in the
Visitor Center. (Please, no hangers on the
backs of photographs.) Frames are not
permitted. Please submit a digital copy
on a CD/DVD/Flash Drive. Each photo
must be at least 2MB. The two photo
entries can be copied onto the same CD/
• Each person may enter up to two
photos but is eligible to win only one
award. One $25 fee covers two entries
• Photos that have won awards in
previous “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society
photo contests may not be resubmitted.
• Judging will be anonymous. Please
do not put your name or anything that
will identify you on your photograph.
• Judging criteria:
1) Technical excellence (sharpness,
lighting, composition, exposure)
4) Ability to be reproduced for publica-
• On digital photos, only limited
image modifications are permitted. Minor
manipulation should be used only to
produce a more natural looking photo-
graph. Cropping is allowed but adding
any elements not existing in the original
scene will not be allowed. Judges, at their
discretion, will disqualify any photos that
appear to be manipulated beyond these
• All photos will become the property
of DDWS and will not be returned. There
is no need to include a return envelope or
postage. Photos may be used by DDWS
in any way with appropriate credit.
• First, second, and third place win-
ners and honorable mentions will be
formally announced during the “Ding”
Darling Day’s weeklong celebration held
in October. Cash prizes will be awarded.
• The refuge and Wildlife Society can-
not be held responsible for loss or dam-
age of photos.
• There are three judges: A refuge
staff person, a professional photographer
and a member of the Sanibel community.
• Cash prizes are as follows: 1st Place
– $100; 2nd Place – $50; 3rd Place –
DDWS sponsors “Ding” Darling Days
with support from Tarpon Bay Explorers,
the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and
other private and business partners. To
become a friend of the refuge, visit www.
“Ding” Darling Days 2015 sponsors
include: Roseate Spoonbill Sponsor –
Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille;
Great Egret Sponsors – Wayne and Linda
Boyd, George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille;
Great Blue Heron Sponsors – 97.7
Latino & Juan Radio, Arthur Printing,
Bailey’s General Store, Mike and Terry
Baldwin, Bank of the Islands, Island
Sun, Jensen’s on the Gulf and Marina &
Cottages, Jerry’s Foods, Mitchell’s Sand
Castles & Forty/Fifteen Resorts, Ocean’s
Reach Condominiums, Sanibel Captiva
Community Bank, Sanibel Moorings,
Spotlight Graphics, Sanibel-Captiva
Beach Resorts, Jim and Patty Sprankle;
Reddish Egret Sponsors – Sarah Ashton
and Jim Metzler, Big Red Q Quickprint,
Casa Ybel Resort, Sally and Rich Ennis,
Florida Weekly, Glen and Phyllis
Gresham, Gulf Breeze Cottages, Painting
with a Twist, Ed and Lynn Ridlehoover,
Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, Stewart
and Sons Insurance, Inc., West Wind
Inn; Snowy Egret Sponsors – Barefoot
Charley’s Painting Co., John Brennan,
Butterfly Estates, The Cedar Chest Fine
Jewelry, Charlotte Harbor National
Estuary Program (CHNEP), Jerry
Edelman and Maryanne Daly, Grounds
by Green Ways, Dave Horton, Island
Therapy Center, Over Easy Café, Sallie
Rich, Sanibel Art & Frame, She Sells Sea
Shells, Winston and Barbara Spurgeon ,
Suncatchers’ Dream, Tents ‘n’ Events.
As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization,
DDWS works to support JN “Ding”
Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mis-
sion of conservation, wildlife and habitat
protection, research, and public education
through charitable donations and Refuge
Nature Shop proceeds.
To support DDWS and the refuge with
a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdar-
lingsociety.org or contact Birgie Miller at
292-0566, 472-1100 ext. 4 or director@
Bill Fischer took second place last year with his cormorant photograph
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve
Announces Fall Wading Trips
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve announced a series of Fall Wading Trips, with the
first to be held on Wednesday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Subsequent
trips will be held on Tuesday, October 20 from 9 to 11 a.m.; Thursday,
November 12 from 9 to 11 a.m .; and Thursday, December 3 from 9 to 11 a.m .
Directions to the wading trip location will be provided upon registration.
Participants will take a refreshing journey into the waters of the bay, wading into
mudflats and seagrass beds at low tide to find many of the plants and animals that call
this estuary home. Dip and seine nets will be provided for participants to collect organ-
isms such as fish, shrimp, crabs and snails. The organisms will be placed in buckets or
magnifiers for attendees to take a closer look and learn how each living creature plays
an important role in the ecosystem.
Participants are required to wear closed-toed shoes that can get wet, such as old
tennis shoes or diving booties, and a swimsuit or shorts.
Wading trips are free, but advanced registration is required. Call Jackie Langston at
463-3240 to register. For more information, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/.
Participants enjoying hands-on, close-up learning opportunities about local ecosystem.
Freedom Is Not Free is the topic Brian Boyd, retired special forces officer
(Green Berets), will discuss at the Sunday, September 13 meeting of the
Calusa Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. The 9 a.m .
meeting will be held at Gulf Coast Village, 1333 Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape
Coral. All military officers and spouses are invited to attend.
The cost for the buffet breakfast is $10, payable at the door. Reservations are
requested and may be made by contacting Dixie Buick at 945-5030.
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