Date: 11/1/17 12:34 pm
From: Ethan Duke <ethan.duke...>
Subject: Re: No Sightings - MO Photo Contest
Hi, Susan,

Thanks for interest! Yes, the photos must be be taken in Missouri. I should have placed this link to rules, guidelines, and info <> more prominently in the post, but there was just so much to it.


> On Nov 1, 2017, at 2:05 PM, Susan Eaton <susiede...> wrote:
> Ethan, can I ask for a little clarification here? The notice mentions "beautiful images of birds" and " photos must have been obtained ethically ". Does a photo need to be of a Missouri bird or of any bird? Thanks!
> Susan Eaton
> St. Louis CO, MO
> <Susiede...> <mailto:<Susiede...>
> On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 1:32 PM Ethan Duke <ethan.duke...> <mailto:<ethan.duke...>> wrote:
> Greetings MO-Birders,
> The Missouri River Bird Observatory’s (MRBO) second annual photo contest continues with the theme of HOPE and refers to the famous poem by Emily Dickinson. We believe that birds inspire people with awe, happiness, and connection to the natural world. The goals of this contest are to reach as many people as possible with beautiful images of birds and to raise funds in support of MRBO’s on-going education and outreach programs. Some proceeds will also benefit ASM (see below).
> This is a chance to contribute to conservation education in Missouri, reach a wider audience with your photography, and have a chance to win cash prizes! The MRBO invites you to submit your favorite bird photo to our "Hope is the Thing With Feathers" photography contest. The contest runs from November 1st to December 31st, 2017. The top 50 photos will be printed on canvas and displayed as an educational exhibit at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center in February and March, 2018. Canvases will be offered for sale when MRBO hosts the Audubon Society of Missouri’s Spring Meeting in May. Proceeds from contest entry fees benefit the MRBO's education program. Proceeds from canvas sales benefit both the MRBO education program and the Audubon Society of Missouri conservation mission.
> For those who don’t know us, MRBO ( <>), is a non-profit committed to the conservation of Missouri’s birds through research, monitoring, education and outreach. We focus on monitoring projects in our most imperiled habitats. Each year we document tens of thousands of birds while using strict methodologies surveying grasslands, wetlands, bottomland forest, and unique upland forests. Thousands of Missourians learn about bird conservation at over 75 education venues each year. MRBO works with state agencies, National Audubon and Missouri Chapters, Missouri Master Naturalists, and many other partners. We hope you take a “shot” at supporting our work through your passion for birds.
> Entry fees are $25 per photo for adults, and $10 per photo for youth aged 10-17.
> Photography Contest Prizes
> Grand Prize: $1,000
> 1st Place: $500
> 2nd Place: $200
> 3rd Place: $100
> Directors’s Choice: $100.
> Youth (10-17 years of age as of 11/1/17): $100
> Contest information and rules can be found here: <>
> Judging
> MRBO is honored to have several photography and art professionals on our judging panel. Our judges include:
> Karen Avery Miller
> Artist; The Little Studio and Gallery <>
> Noppadol Paothong
> Missouri Department of Conservation photographer; Noppadol Paothong Nature Images <>
> <>
> David Stonner
> Missouri Department of Conservation photographer; David Stonner Photo Journal <>
> , AND two additional judges to be announced.
> The Director’s Choice award will be selected by MRBO Co-Director Ethan Duke (Dana Ripper will be accepting and compiling the contest entries and therefore would not be able to judge anonymously).
> Photographs must have been obtained ethically. MRBO adheres to the National Audubon Society’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography <>. Please read this guide and rules of the contest prior to contest submission.
> Thank you ASM for help in our shared mission and thank you all for all you do for bird conservation!
> Sincerely,
> Ethan (and the rest at MRBO)
> Ethan C. Duke
> Assistant Director / Co-founder
> Missouri River Bird Observatory
> website: <>
> Bird Data: <>
> <>660.837.3888
> “Hope” is the thing with feathers
> “Hope” is the thing with feathers -
> That perches in the soul -
> And sings the tune without the words -
> And never stops - at all -
> And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
> And sore must be the storm -
> That could abash the little Bird
> That kept so many warm -
> I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
> And on the strangest Sea -
> Yet - never - in Extremity,
> It asked a crumb - of me.
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