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RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 13) — Time is running out, but wildlife photographers still have an opportunity to compete for recognition and prizes in the Wildlife in North Carolina 2005 Photo Competition, which ends at midnight on Sept. 30.

More than 1,200 photographs have been entered to date. The most popular category is Birds, with more than 300 photos entered. The least-entered category is Habitats of Concern, with less than 40 photos.

Judges for the competition include Wildlife in North Carolina magazine art director Vickie Cumbee, professional wildlife photographer Derrick Hamrick, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences photographer and educator Mike Dunn and Raleigh News & Observer photo editor Jon Hansen.

The competition, which is open to anyone who has photographed wildlife in the state, recognizes excellence in photography in 10 categories: Birds; Mammals; Reptiles and Amphibians; Invertebrates; Wildflowers and Fruits; Outdoor Recreation; Peaks, Valleys and Plains; Habitats of Concern; Youth Photographer, 13–17; and Youth Photographer, 12 and under. Rules and more detailed category descriptions are available on the Wildlife Commission’s Web site, www.ncwildlife.org.

The grand prize winner will have his or her winning entry published on the cover of the January 2006 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina and will receive a check for $200. All winning photographs will be published in the magazine and exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. First place in all categories pays $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.

Winners also will receive an 8-by-10-inch print of their winning entry from J.W. Photo Labs of Raleigh and products from the Eastman Kodak Company.

Only photographs taken in North Carolina in the last five years are eligible for the competition. The following rules apply:
No pets or farm animals, with the exception of animals participating with people in outdoor recreation (for example, hunting dogs or riders on horseback)
No photos of animals that are both captive and non-native to North Carolina (for example, polar bears or lions at the N.C. Zoo)
No photos manipulated digitally beyond conventional darkroom techniques

All photos must be entered electronically at www.ncwildlife.org. No slides, negatives or prints will be accepted by mail. Go to the Web site and click on the Photo Competition link to enter. Photographers may enter up to three photos in each category.

For more information, e-mail [email protected].
 
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