In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Sarasota Magazine is inviting amateur and professional photographers to showcase the beauty of our natural environment in our “Earth Day 50” photo contest. You can submit images of plants, native wild animals, environmental landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes shot in Sarasota or Manatee counties.

The contest starts Jan. 7, 2020 and ends at 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2020. Sarasota Magazine has assembled a panel of judges and will select six winners with one grand prize winner. 

All winners will have their work published in the April 2020 issue of Sarasota Magazine and will receive VIP tickets to Sarasota Magazine’s Best of 2020 bash on March 30.

Click here to submit.

The Rules:

  1. Amateur and professional photographers can submit up to three images.
  2. Photographers must be residents of Sarasota or Manatee.
  3. Photographs may be black and white or color and must be taken in Sarasota and Manatee. The photographs may not have been published elsewhere. All entries must include a caption that says where the photo was shot and when.
  4. Digitally enhanced photos with minor adjustments (dodging, burning, sharpening, contrast, toning, slight color adjustment, conversion to grayscale) will be accepted, but if the image is altered with obvious filters, or, addition or subtraction of objects, we reserve the right to disqualify it.
  5. Images must be submitted digitally, and the photographer’s name must be included in the file name.
  6. We request a minimum of 1,800 pixels by 1,200 pixels at 300 dpi, and up to 5100 x 3400 pixels at 300 dpi (TIFF, JPG or PSD format)
  7. Images must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 4, 2020.
  8. Only the photographer who took the image can submit the work, and the photographer must own all rights to all images submitted. You retain your rights to your work, but by entering the contest, Sarasota Magazine has a royalty-free, nonexclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce the winning entries in the April 2020 issue of Sarasota Magazine, on its website in perpetuity, and possible display at an event or exhibition. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit.
  9. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must be prepared to provide a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian.
  10. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.
  11. The welfare of a subject and its environment must be placed ahead of the desire to capture a photograph. Upon entering the contest, entrants certify that subjects were treated with respect and dignity, and that no people, wildlife or the environment were harmed in creating a photograph. 

Click here to submit.