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The Annual Conference student photo contest is run by the Student Activities Committee (SAC) in cooperation with the local conference Committee.

All proceeds from entry fees go to student activities.




Anyone who is attending the conference in person can participate in the photo contest.

A maximum of 3 photos per individual can be submitted. Photos can be submitted to either one or all categories.


Entrants must have taken the photo(s) and have all rights to its distribution and use.


Photos should be submitted electronically to for viewing on the conference app as well as in a physical format for display at the conference.


  1. Wildlife – free ranging

  2. Wildlife – captive or at the urban interface

  3. Landscapes/Flora – can either contain animals or not

Register for the photo contest, pay your participation fee, and turn in your photos when you arrive at the meeting.


Register and pay ahead of time by going to If you have already registered but would like to enter, you can edit your registration and add the contest to your activities (under Social Events list).


Entry fees:


Regular members

  • $6 for 1 photo ($5 each if submitting >1 photo)

Student members

  • $5 for 1 photo ($4 each is submitting >1 photo)



  • All photos should be printed or cropped to an 8″ x 10″ (20 cm x 25 cm) format.

  • Entries should be mounted on a stiff 11″ x 14″ backing of cardboard, (approximately 28cm x 35.5cm).

  • No framed prints will be accepted.

  • If you require photo printing services, there is a nearby CVS store located within a 9-minute walk from the conference venue, where you can have your photos printed. Each photo must be accompanied by the following information:


Each photo must be accompanied by the following information:

  • Photographer’s name

  • Contact information (email, and cell number)

  • The category in which your photo is to be judged.

  • Photo title

  • A concise description of the photo (location, what you want to express with this photo, species in the photo, etc.) - 25 words maximum.

  • Whether you are willing to have the photo included in the silent auction



The photos will be set up in the display area from Sunday afternoon and will remain on display until judging is complete.


If you want your photo(s) to be included in the silent auction, then it/they will be transferred to the auction location by the auction committee and then returned. If it is purchased, then it will be collected by the buyer after judging is complete. Those not sold at the silent auction will need to be collected by their owners.



The contest will be judged by an elite group of WDA members. There is also a “popular vote” by conference attendees. Judges will base their decisions on image clarity, color, lighting, contrast, composition, and “wow factor.”


This year we once again have a generous donation from Vortex Optics of a pair of their TRIUMPH® HD 10X42 binoculars for the 1st place winner in each category. The people’s Choice award winner will get additional prizes.


Winners will be announced during the Conference at the annual banquet on Thursday evening. If the winner is not present at the banquet, he/she/they will be contacted via email (or phone) after the conference.

Photo by: Dr. Kevin Keel

71st Annual International Conference

of the

“People, Passion, & Purpose: The Pathway to Wildlife Health”

July 29-August 4th, 2023; Athens, Georgia

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