ASI Photo Contest

ASI Photo Contest

New Category Added to Popular Camera-Focused Contest

One thing we have learned through the annual ASI Photo Contest: the sheep industry has its fair share of talented and creative photographers. It also has plenty of people who appreciate talented and creative photography.

With that in mind, it is time to announce the American Sheep Industry Association’s 2015 Photo Contest. The contest is open to all who wish to enter, which means you do not have to be involved in the U.S. sheep, lamb or wool industries to participate. The only rule is that the photographs entered in the contest must include sheep or lambs being raised in the United States.

The deadline? Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 25, 2015.

This year, the ASI Photo Contest includes a new catergory we are calling “Shearing Time.” This new category calls for photos involving the practice of shearing sheep.

Entries will be judged on clarity, content, composition and appeal. More than $1,000 will be awarded, with awards of $125 going to the grand-prize winner in each of the four categories listed below; $75 for the first runner-up in each category; and a $50 prize for the second runner-up in each of the five categories.

The winning photos will be highlighted in the October 2015 issue of Sheep Industry News and will be available on Oct. 1 at www. sheepusa.org. Only the grand-prize winner, first runner-up and second runner-up in each category will be notified of their winnings. Photographers are advised to submit photographs in large file size. Also, judges and ASI staff encourage entrants to provide both horizontal and vertical photos. This will better assure your talented and creative photos can be shared in future issues of Sheep Industry News.

Below are the five categories in this year’s contest:

Action – Photographs of activities such as shearing, wool classing/skirting/baling, moving/ trailing sheep, lambing, tagging, feeding, etc.

Scenic (East) – Photographs of sheep outdoors located east of the Mississippi River. (Photos entered in this category cannot include people.)

Scenic (West) – Photographs of sheep outdoors located west of the Mississippi River. (Photos entered in this category cannot include people.)

Open – Photographs with subject matter that does not fall into the three above-listed categories.

Shearing Time – Photographs involving the shearing of sheep in the United States.

The following information needs to be included with each submission: title of photo; category (from the four listed above) into which it is being entered; photographer’s name; mailing address; phone number; email address; and approximate location/date of photo.

Other contest rules:

ASI can use or reproduce all entries at the discretion of ASI. In addition, entries will not be returned.

ASI is not required to notify photographers when photos are used in materials.

Pictures can be submitted via hard copy or electronically.

All entries must be at least 3”x5” color or black-and-white high-resolution pictures (larger sizes encouraged).

Entries must be submitted in the name of the person who took the photograph.

Entries are limited to two per category.

Only photographs that have been taken in the past six years can be entered.

Photographs submitted in previous ASI photo contests cannot be re-entered.

Entries should be emailed to kyle@sheepusa.org with the subject line of ASI Photo Contest.

Those mailing photos should send them to American Sheep Industry Association; Attn: Photo Contest; 9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360; Englewood, CO 80112. For more information, contact ASI at 303- 771-3500.

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