22nd Annual Eagle Photography Contest 2017, USA

Publish Date: Nov 23, 2016

Event Dates: from Jan 28, 2017 12:00 to Jan 29, 2017 12:00


This year's event will host two days of festival entertainers, speakers, bird and wildlife shows, educational activities, plus two days of bus and barge tours to spot Eagles and other rare birds! Tickets will be on sale soon for bus and barge tours.  Saturday's tours will be on Lake Fork and Sunday's tours will be on Lake Tawakoni. This year's event will also host a photography contest.  Stay tuned for a full schedule and more details coming soon. 

Ownership/Use Rights

Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs. By entering the contest, photographers agree to have their submitted photograph displayed at Eagle Fest, in future publications, on the website and other social media without any fee or other form of compensation. Photos will be credited to the photographer named in the entry form. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to Eagle Fest is contested in any manner, The Eagle Fest Committee retains the discretion to disqualify that photograph and discontinue use of the photograph.

How to Enter

Digital photos are submitted using the online entry form. If for some reason you CAN NOT upload your photo, 8 x10 matte prints will be accepted at: Eagle Fest PO BOX 100, Emory, TX 75440. Be sure to include your $25 payment, name, email, address and phone number 2017 Eagle Fest Photo Contest


Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or uniqueness in the contest category. A panel (consisting of a professional photographer, graphic artist and Eagle Fest Committee member) will judge the entries and all contest decisions are final.


Judges will select a winning for each of the contest categories. Winners will be notified by email using the information on the entry form. Winning photographs, along with the photographer's name and information about the photo will be displayed on the Eagle Fest website and other social media.

Submitting Digital Images

Submit your digital using the online photo submission. Images must be submitted in a JPG high quality format. Images submitted that are smaller than 600 by 400 pixels may be rejected. Please you have questions about image type, size or quality.

Image Modifications

Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified. Not Permitted:

  • No borders or frames may be added to images.
  • No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to images. All winning images will be displayed with the photographer's name.
  • Adding or replacing elements in an image is not permitted.
  • •Artistic filters are not permitted.

Permitted Modifications

  • Images may be cropped and rotated as necessary as long as the rectangular format is maintained and the size is within the specifications above.
  • Images may be resized as long as the aspect ratio is maintained
  • Red-eye removal and spot editing
  • One-step enhancement (such as "AutoFix", "QuickFix", "Auto Levels", etc.)
  • Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle, or remove noise.
  • Use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color balance, and tint.
  • The bald Eagle is a member of the hawk family. Like most raptors, the female bald eagle is larger than the male eagle. The female weights between 10-14 pounds, the male 8-10; the wing span of female can reach 7.5 feet in length, the male 6.5 feet.

  • Most of the weight of the eagle is muscle, internal organs, talons, and beak; bones which are hollow account for only 4 percent of the weight of the eagle’s 7,000 feathers account for only another 9 percent of the total weight of an eagle.

  • The large wings of the eagle are great for gliding; indeed an eagle can stay in the air for an hour with less than two minutes of lapping its wings by riding thermals and updrafts generated by the mountains slopes and edges of valleys.

  • The constructions of artificial lakes, like Lake Fork and Lake Tawakoni in Rains County, Texas have created new breeding grounds for eagles.

Photo Eligibility

All photos must have been taken within the last three years. The photo subject must be relevant to one of the following contest categories: • Eagles and other Birds of Prey • Birds (All other categories except Birds of Prey) • Other Wildlife and Nature scenes There will be 3 divisions in each category; 1) Professional 2) Amateur, 3) Student (18 and under OR currently enrolled in Fine Arts/Photography program at an accredited college.


Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than you. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.

Number of Entries

An individual may submit up to 3 photos total – any combination in the 3 categories.

Entry Fee

Entry Fee is $25 and includes entry to Eagle Fest (Jan 28-29, 2017) and Dinner Friday Jan. 27th at the Photo/Art show featuring Guest Speakers Author, Mary O. Parker and husband Jeff Parker, Professional Photographer. Dinner will be held at the Emory City Centre on TX Hwy 19 at 7:00 pm.

Photo Subject Restrictions

Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public website. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. The Eagle Fest Committee retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.


  • Eagles live from 15 to 20 years in the wild and up to 40-50 in captivity.
  • A newly- mated pair of eagle may look over an area for several years before building a nest to make sure that it is the right location. And some Eagles build two nest, one a sort of “back-up” nest.​
  • The building of a new nest takes anywhere from a week to 6 months and construction consists of tree branches, grass, Spanish moss, pine needles, and fresh green sprigs of pine for lining the inside.
  • The maintenance of the nest continues even after the eggs are hatched and the female eggs usually lay two eggs, sometimes only one, rarely three or four.
  • The same nest is used year after year with the pair adding each year to the nest and by generations of eagles, sometimes reaching enormous size and weight- up to 9 feet across, 20 feet in depth and weighting several tons.

Additional terms and conditions

The Eagle Fest Committee is nor responsible for computer system, hardware, software or program or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Furthermore, The Eagle Fest committee is nor responsible for lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible , incomplete or late entries or any act , failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. The Eagle Fest committee reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion ofthis contest without notice if factors beyond The Eagle Fest Committee control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest. Void where prohibited. The Eagle Fest Committee is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. The Eagle Fest Committee reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that The Eagle Fest Committee has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above. Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rules. By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless The Eagle Fest Committee and its officers, affiliates, agents, contest sponsors and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. The Eagle Fest Committee officers, affiliates, agents, contest sponsors and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.

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