"Year of the Bird" Photography Contest

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Did you get some great photos during your visit to the Waterloo Recreation Area?

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act the WNHA is sponsoring a “Year of the Bird” photography contest.  Entries will be displayed in the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center and the winner will be featured on the cover of the Chelsea District Library’s 2019 Spring Newsletter.

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Sandhill crane recovery

Sandhill cranes are synonymous with the Waterloo Recreation Area. A familiar sight and sound in the area, it’s hard to imagine these majestic birds once nearly disappeared from the landscape. According to the Michigan DNR, only nine cranes were found in the nearby Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Michigan Audubon Society Sanctuary in 1949. Today they number in the thousands, and we can largely attribute their recovery to a piece of legislation 100 years old: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Contest Rules and Regulations

Photos must generally fit into the the theme “Year of the Bird”.  They may depict a single bird, multiple birds, or related subjects (for example, a bird’s nest or a group of bird watchers).

  1. All entries must be photographs taken in the Waterloo State Recreation Area.

  2. Up to three entries (total) per person may be submitted.  Photos are entered into either the Adult or Youth (18 and under) categories.

  3. All photographs should be submitted as an electronic copy (please send the highest resolution possible). Any photos not in accordance with size restrictions are subject to cropping.  Black and white or color photos are acceptable. Photos may not be matted nor should there be any frame or border surrounding the photo (digital or otherwise). Photos may not display the name of the photographer on the front of the photograph.

  4. The winner will have their photograph featured in the Chelsea District Library’s 2019 Spring Newsletter either on the front cover or included in an inside article. To be considered for this publication, the winning photograph must be submitted digitally and with the following specifications:

    • 9.5” x 12” at 300dpi OR 2850 x 3600 pixels

    • MUST be in portrait orientation

    • Acceptable formats are: JPEG or TIF

    • If the winning photograph (in either category) does not meet these specification, a photograph with these specifications will be selected from the runner up submissions.

  5. Electronic copies may be mailed with the printed copy or emailed to waterloonha@gmail.com; the subject line should read “Photo Contest”. Entries are accepted from April 1 - December 15th.

  6. All entries will be retained by the Waterloo Natural History Association and may be used for publicity purposes, including but not limited to: publications, webpages and presentations.

  7. Photos will be displayed at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, the Waterloo Natural History Association’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and in the Waterloo Natural History Association newsletter.