Photography is a Focus at FeatherFest 2017!

 2016 Grand Prize Winner Richard Howard

2016 Grand Prize Winner Richard Howard

Entries are now being accepted for the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest, held in the weeks leading up to the 15th anniversary of Galveston’s annual spring birding and nature photography festival which is April 6-9 this year.

Individuals are invited to submit images of wild birds, not captive, taken in Galveston, Brazoria, Harris, Fort Bend, Jefferson or Chambers counties. The photos must be taken within the two years prior to March 19, 2017. Entries for Week One of the contest are due Sunday, February 26.

There are some very specific format needs for winning photos to be published. Photos must be in JPEG format at 300 dpi, not larger than 6MB, and at least 1800 pixels by 1800 pixels to be considered for the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest. To ensure the highest quality of the image, the size should not be reduced.

The photo contest runs from February 26 through March 19. To see the winners, click here.

First-, second- and third-place winning photos from four weekly contests will be published in The Daily News and on the FeatherFest website in March and April. First place winners each week will receive a $25 gift certificate from Hunt’s Photo & Video to be redeemed at FeatherFest. A Grand Prize winner will be selected from the first-place weekly winners and published just before the opening day of FeatherFest. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a $100 gift card from Hunt’s Photo to be redeemed at FeatherFest.

Photographers and birders alike participate in a wide selection of field trips and workshops led by professional photography instructors as part of the PhotoFest, with all activities targeting a specific skill level, from beginner to intermediate to advanced.

Kathy Adams Clark, Larry Ditto, and Sean Fitzgerald, all among the state’s most recognized nature photographers, are returning for a seventh year to lead festival photography activities. Scott Buckel and Tim Timmis, also members of the photography leadership team, are returning for their sixth year. New to FeatherFest this year is Hector Astorga, an award winning nature photographer based in South Texas. Mr. Astorga conducts photography workshops throughout North America, Central America and Africa. We are excited to welcome him to our photography leadership team this year.

Hunt’s Photo & Video, official sponsor of the 2017 photography track, will have its latest cameras, lens and accessories at Hawkers’ Hall, the free public trade show open throughout the festival. Representatives from several manufacturers will be on hand to demonstrate their products.

Deadline to Submit Photos

Sunday 2/26/2017

Sunday 3/05/2017

Sunday 3/12/2017

Sunday 3/10/2017

Grand Prize Winning Photo


Date Winning Photos Published

Wednesday 3/08/2017

Wednesday 3/15/2017

Wednesday 3/22/2017

Wednesday 3/29/2017

Wednesday 4/05/2017


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