Photo of White Rock Lake wildlife by David Werther of Lake Highlands

Photo of White Rock Lake wildlife by David Werther of Lake Highlands

We have seen the work of several fantastic photographers, professional and amateur alike, here on the Advocate site. Today the White Rock Lake Conservancy announced the details of its fourth annual photo contest, which is open to professionals, amateurs and youth. Prizes will be selected for places 1, 2 and 3 in each division by a “professional panel of judges,” organizers say.

“We are looking for striking images of activities and events around White Rock Lake, wildlife, architecture/structures. These images may show portraits of wildlife in their natural habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people at the lake. Let your creativity shine. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Limit two photo entries per contestant … we also encourage copies of historical photos at White Rock Lake to be submitted.”

The contest is now open and the deadline is Oct. 1. Winners will be announced Nov. 1. Begin the application here.

Submissions also are accepted via mail under the following conditions:

Each photograph must bear the photographer’s name, address, phone number, email address (if applicable), category and entry number (1 or 2). Also, include this information on a separate, single sheet of paper with the division you are entering. All prints must be sent together as one package.

Include a separate, self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) of proper size with sufficient postage affixed, or entries will not be returned. Entries not retrieved will be destroyed after three months. The White Rock Lake Conservancy and sponsors are limited in liability to value of prizes. Disputes will be settled by binding arbitration.

Send to:

White Rock Lake Conservancy Photo Contest

P.O. Box 140227

Dallas, Texas 75214

More rules after the jump. Source: White Rock Lake Conservancy

Your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photographs – and your name, city and state of residence, and school and grade for youth participants – to be published as award winners, or used on websites owned by The City of Dallas and sponsors, for promotions for the White Rock Lake and the Conservancy. Entrants retain ownership to use of their photographs. The Conservancy and sponsors shall have the right to verify, in their sole judgment, winner eligibility.

Divisions: Photographers must enter their images in one of the following divisions.

Pro – Photographers whose income depends on photography.

Amateur – Beginning or amateur photographers at least 19 years of age, and experienced photographers who do not receive a major part of their income from photography.

Youth – Young photographers aged 18 or under.

Legal Conditions: By entering, participants warrant that his or her entry materials are original and do not infringe on any third party’s rights. By entering, participants release and hold harmless the City of Dallas and sponsors from any liability.

If a recognizable person is in the photograph, a model release must be submitted with the entry and liability is limited to the value of prizes.

All decisions by the WRLC Photo Contest judges will be final and binding.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. Upload a maximum of two (2) photos per photographer.

A selection of winning photos will appear on the White Rock Lake Conservancy website.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to winning images in each category for the Pro, Amateur and Youth divisions. The grand prize, place winners 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mentions will be determined at the judges’ discretion. We will also give 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mentions to the best historical photos submitted.

Judges: A panel of photographers will judge the contest. 

How: Each participant may submit up to two (2) photographs. Entrants must designate the appropriate division in which all their images are to be judged. Participants can submit color or monochrome prints (size 11”x14”) or digital images.