2010 ESA Eco-Art Festival

Photography and film’s visual and interdisciplinary nature can make them effective and attractive tools for scientific research and outreach, teaching multiple audiences about the environment, humanity’s relationship to it, and actions to take for it. The ESA Eco-Art Festival will celebrate and award the outstanding artistic contributions made by ESA members to ecological science through photography and film.


OVERVIEW
Starting on March 15, 2010, we will accept photo and film entries into the Eco-Photo and Eco-Film competition, respectively. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2010. The Eco-Art Festival will take place during the 2010 ESA annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. The winners will be chosen by a panel of experts in ecology, photography and film making, and will be contacted well in advance so they can arrange details to attend the ceremony in Pittsburgh. All photos and films will be displayed at the meeting throughout the week in the exhibit hall. During the festival, awards will be presented, information and resources for using photography and filming in ecology will be available, and refreshments served. All ESA conference attendees are welcome to participate.

ECO-PHOTO AND ECO-FILM COMPETITION AWARDS
In addition to commemorative award plaques and gift certificates or other prizes generously donated by festival sponsors, winners will receive the following cash prizes:

First Place - $150
Second Place - $100
Third Place - $50
People's Choice Award* - $100

*All ESA members attending the ESA 2010 annual meeting will vote for the People's Choice Award.

Eco-Photo Competition winners will also receive gift certificates for professional photo printing services at Art for Conservation’s parent company, Fine Print Imaging in the following amounts: First place - $150, Second place - $100, Third place - $50.

*NEW UPDATE* - In addition to being on exhibit throughout the ESA conference, winning photos for the Eco-Photo competition will be on exhibit at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (www.phipps.conservatory.org) in Pittsburgh after the conference.

Eco-Film Competition winners who submit professional videos will also receive a submission waiver to open access publication worth $2,000 and a closed access submission waiver worth $750 for second place. Don't miss your chance to get published!

ECO-PHOTO AND ECO-FILM COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  • Eligible participants must be ESA members.
  • For detailed guidelines for the Eco-Film competition, download this flier.
  • For detailed guidelines for the Eco-Photo competition, download this flier.

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JUDGES, SELECTION PROCESS (for both the Eco-Photo and Eco-Film Competitions)
The Eco-Photo and Eco-Film judging panel includes distinguished professional scientists and photographers, including the current and incoming ESA presidents (Dr. Mary Power and Dr. Terry Chapin), Dr. Nalini Nadkarni (http://www.nalininadkarni/), Dr. Stephanie Hampton (Deputy Director, NCEAS), Joe Riis (www.joeriis.com; National Geographic Young Explorer), Neil Ever Osborne (www.neileverosborne.com), Morgan Heim (www.moheimphotography.com), and Molly Steinwald (www.mollysteinwald.com).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE (for both the Eco-Photo and Eco-Film Competitions)
June 30, 2010, 11:59 PM EST.

EXHIBITION
The winning entries will be displayed at the ESA annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, on ESA’s website, and featured in an article on Art for Conservation.

LAST YEAR'S WINNERS
Looking for inspiration or curious about last year's winners? Check out this page.

CONTACTS
For Eco-Photo Competition information:
Molly Steinwald (Eco-Art Festival Co-Director) – steinwmc(at)muohio.edu

For Eco-Film Competition information:
Sean Ryan (Eco-Art Festival Co-Director) – seanr(at)bgsu.edu

For general ESA-SS information:
Rob Salguero-Gomez (Chair) – salguero(at)sas.upenn.edu

For ESA-SS membership information:
Matthew Whiteside (Membership Coordinator) – mwhitesi(at)uci.edu

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW VISUAL ARTS IS BEING USED IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: