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"Duck-Duck-Goose" Blue Ribbon Photo Contest!

Next year's competition runsMay 1st-May 31st!

 
A Blue Ribbon could be hanging in your duck or goose's barn!

2019's Blue Ribbon fundraising event will haveTHREE photo categories: 

Most Photogenic
(domestic ducks & geese ONLY)

Most Magnificent Splash!
(domestic ducks & geese ONLY)

Best Yoga Pose/Stretch
(Open to ALL pet ducks and geese--domestic Mallards, exotics & ornamentals!)


Domestic Ducks & Geese Photo Categories:

Our annual photo contest is especially designed to celebrate domestic waterfowl. Unless a category specifically states otherwise, all photo submissions must be of pet domestic ducks (Muscovy ducks included) and/or geese. Here are some of our domestic-designed categories:

Our Most Photogenic category runs EVERY year! Rules are simple:  Enter a great photo of your pet duck or goose (scroll down to review our helpful entry tips below).

Our other categories change annually and feature categories like:

When it runs, the Best Mud On Your Face category can be taken literally, actual mud on your duck or goose's face, OR... you can capture any embarrassing/scandalous moment in your duck or goose's day! Captions are always welcome in this hilarious category!

When it runs, the Most Comical category is for any funny moment you've managed to capture in your duck or goose's day! Captions are always welcome in this FUN category! 

When it runs, Best Nap photos should capture your pet duck or goose in the midst of a nice snooze... zzz... They can be alone or snuggled up with a friend, but their eyes should be closed!

When it runs, the Best Portrait category is for amazing head shots or posed images of your pet duck or goose. Don't be afraid to crop your photos to achieve this particular look.  

When it runs, the Best Flap category is for any moment where your duck or goose has opened up their wings--go crazy with this one!

When it runs, the Most Magnificent Splash category is for any moment where your duck or goose is in water and splashing--pool, kiddy pool, pond, stream, bathtub, sink, or whatever!

When it runs, the Best Open-Billed Quacks & Honks category is for any moment where your duck or goose has their bill open! That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?!

Wild Child Categories:

Photos of your Wild, Exotic and/or Ornamental ducks & geese who have been legally domesticated may only be submitted into certain categories when the rules for that category specifically provide for it. These pets are NOT to be confused with wild ducks and geese who are literally, out in the wild. Sorry, they can't play!

When it runs, the Wild Child category is for domesticated Mallards or ornamental/exotic breeds of waterfowl who are legally owned pets ONLY. Photos can be funny or beautiful--your choice!

Categories Shared by Domestics & Wild Children:

When it runs, the Best Friends category is for any and ALL pet ducks and geese, including domesticated Mallards, ornamentals and exotics! Capture a moment of your pet duck or goose with any number of their best friend(s) and submit--it's a simple as that! Best friends can be other feathered friends, pen mates, plush animals, or other pets--but no humans! Just remember to ALWAYS keep your pets SAFE and all posing natural (no risky poses). If our judges feel your photo does not promote proper pet safety, you will not be notified of their decision; you will simply be taken out of the running.

When it runs, the Best Couple category is for non-flying domestic ducks & geese; however, another animal may also appear in the photo as their special partner. At least ONE of the duo must be a non-flying, domestic duck or goose in order to qualify, and ONLY the couple themselves may appear in the photo--no one else! The other member of the duo can be be any other feathered friend (including Mallards, exotics or ornamental breeds), or another other living critter whom they adore (other than a human). Please remember to ALWAYS keep your pets SAFE and all posing natural (don't take risks!). If our judges feel your photo does not promote proper pet safety, you will not be notified of their decision; you will simply be taken out of the running.

When it runs, the Best Yoga Stretch/Pose category is for ALL pet ducks and geese, includuing domesticated Mallards, ornamentals and exotics! Capture a good flexible moment, stretchy reach, or bendy pose. Graceful or clumbsy--as long as it's safe!


Check out our archived newsletters to see prior favorite entries & winners!

April 2009 Newsletter

July 2010 Newsletter

July 2011 Newsletter

July 2012 Newsletter

July 2013 Newsletter

July 2014 Newsletter

July 2015 Newsletter

July 2016 Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter

1st Place, Winning photos will be permanently displayed in our Winner's Circle!


1st Place Winner's Certificate:

A personalized Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary Winner's Certificate will be awarded to each of our 1st place winners! (Styles may vary).

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to increased shipping costs, certificates are no longer framed.


Our Retired 2013-2015  Prize Ribbons:

  

Our NEW 2016-2018  Prize Ribbons:

We have new custom made prize ribbons for our next three years of competition! 1st, 2nd & 3rd place ribbons will be awarded in each of three photo categories.

1st Place Winners will receive dazzling Blue & Silver, 4 tier ribbons with circular tops measuring 8 inches in diameter and EXTRA LONG 22 inch tails! Centerboards are detailed with a silver duck encircled by "Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary" and a printed center tail that reads:

Duck-Duck-Goose Photo Contest
First Place World Champion

2nd Place Winners will receive spectacular Red & Silver, 4 tier ribbons with circular tops measuring 8 inches in diameter and EXTRA LONG 22 inch tails! Centerboards are detailed with a silver duck encircled by "Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary" and a printed center tail that reads:

Duck-Duck-Goose Photo Contest
Second Place World Champion

3rd Place Winners will receive show-stopping White & Silver, 4 tier ribbons with circular tops measuring 8 inches in diameter and EXTRA LONG 22 inch tails!Centerboards are detailed with a silver duck encircled by "Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary" and a printed center tail that reads:

Duck-Duck-Goose Photo Contest
Third Place World Champion

PLUS... We will be awarding one President's Pick ribbon and one Honorable Mention ribbon each contest year!

The President's Pick Winner (Finally... Kim gets to award a prize!) will receive a stunning Black & Silver, 4 tier ribbon with a circular top that measures 8 inches in diameter and EXTRA LONG 22 inch tails! Centerboards are detailed with a Silver duck encircled by "Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary" and a printed center tail that reads:

Duck-Duck-Goose Photo Contest
President's Pick

The Honorable Mention Winner will receive an eye-catching Orange, Black & White, 4 tier ribbon with a circular top that measures 8 inches in diameter and EXTRA LONG 22 inch tails! Centerboards are detailed with a Silver duck encircled by "Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary" and a printed center tail that reads:

Duck-Duck-Goose Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

Now that's something you and your feathered friend can display proudly!


Sponsor-A-Ribbon

Don't have a duck or goose, but still want to get in on the fun? Beginning in April of 2016 we will be accepting Ribbon Sponsors! Ribbon Sponsors can have their name or their business's name (and hyperlink) associated with a prize ribbon.

For Example:

 

1st Place!
Most Photogenic!
Puddles & Jeru
Submitted by: Kimberly Link


Blue Ribbon Sponsor:
Made possible by the folks at Joxer Comix!

 

There are Eleven Ribbon Sponsorships available each year. Your Ribbon Sponsorship will cover the cost of the prize ribbon, shipping it to the Winner as well as a donation to our Majestic rescues (of course!).

2019 Sponsor-A-Ribbon

Most Photogenic Ribbon Sponsors:

1) Blue 1st Place Ribbon:  $30.00 (available)
2) Red 2nd Place Ribbon:  $25.00 (available)
3) White 3rd Place Ribbon: 
$20.00
(available)

Best Nap Ribbon Sponsors:

1) Blue 1st Place Ribbon:   $30.00 (available)
2) Red 2nd Place Ribbon:  $25.00 (available)
3) White 3rd Place Ribbon: 
$20.00
(available)

Best Mud on Face Ribbon Sponsors:

1) Blue 1st  Place Ribbon:  $30.00 (available)
2) Red 2nd Place Ribbon:  $25.00 (available)
3) White 3rd Place Ribbon: 
$20.00
(available)

Honorable Mention Ribbon Sponsor:

1) Black, Orange & White HM Ribbon$30.00 (available)

President's Pick Ribbon Sponsor:

1) Black & Silver PP Ribbon$30.00 (available)

 

You can Sponsor a 2018 Prize Ribbon by going to our Donate page. You can either donate using Paypal or you can print up our donation form and mail it to us along with your check made out in the appropriate amount.

In the comments section be sure to enter the name of the ribbon of your choice.

For example:  Most Photogenic, 2nd Place Ribbon

Then REMEMBER to tell us how you would like your name/message to appear in our July 2018 newsletter, underneath the prize ribbon that you sponsored. If you have a business website feel free to include a hyperlink to include in your message!*

This page will be continually updated as Ribbons are Sponsored!

Ribbons will be Sponsored on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please include your email address and phone number in case you happen to sponsor an already purchased Ribbon, in which case, we will contact you to select another Ribbon.

Ribbon Sponsorships are Non-Refundable!

*Majestic maintains the right to edit/reject any inappropriate messages or website hyperlinks. 


Judging:

Winners will be chosen by a panel of anonymous Judges (not including Kim because we all know she recognizes every duck and goose by sight!) who will not have access to contestants' identities.

Scoring:

Photos are reviewed by judges who commonly consider: Focus, Lighting, Color, Background, Composition, Originality, Bird's Personality & Emotional Response.

When noted, some categories receive an additional bonus score by including a great Caption!

Sample Scorecard:

Helpful Tips:

As you can see from the above scorecard our judges commonly look at: Focus, Lighting, Color, Background, Composition, Originality, Bird's Personality and their own Emotional Response.

In the past our judges...

1. Have favored clear, bright photos that are crisp and sharp over dark, blurry ones.

2. Have favored photos where the duck or goose's individual personality radiates through the photo.

3. Have favored photos where the ducks or geese are a big part of the picture and not a tiny little dot amidst a great scene. They want to SEE your ducks and geese!

4. Have favored photos where the duck or goose is the main subject of the photo, where their eyes are immediately drawn to your feathered friend.

5. Have favored whole-body photos and mug shots over ducks who aren't fully in the photo (feet not showing, tail cut off, etc.). So if you accidentally cut off part of your duck or goose in the photo, you can still win if the photo's great, but your chances may be slightly reduced.

6. Have favored photos where the duck or goose is centered in the image, or where there is some inherent balance to the photo. Additionally, they enjoy a nice background over one strewn with random un-ducky objects (i.e. dirty laundry, garbage, clutter).

7. While it is against the rules to doctor your photo in any way with special effects, camera tricks, etc, it IS well within the rules to CROP your photo.  This is a great way to make sure your duck or goose is properly featured in your photo. If done properly, an efficient crop can turn a so-so photo into a fantastic one!

***This being said, these are not tips to "sure wins." We have had photos with qualities outside of these parameters that have won over our judges. What our judges have favored in the past can always change!


Official Contest Rules:

1) DOMESTIC WATERFOWL: This contest is especially designed to celebrate domestic waterfowl. Unless a category specifically states otherwise, all photo submissions must be of pet domestic ducks (Muscovy ducks included) and/or geese. Photos may contain multiple domestic ducks/geese as long as they don't include any other wild/exotic waterfowl (Mallards, Canada geese, swans, etc.) ...UNLESS it is a special photo category that specifically allows for wild/exotic/ornamental breed submissions.

3) WILD/EXOTIC/ORNAMENTAL WATERFOWL:  Photos of your Wild, Exotic and/or Ornamental ducks & geese who have been legally domesticated may only be submitted into certain categories when the rules for that category specifically provide for it. These pets are NOT to be confused with wild ducks and geese who are literally, out in the wild. Sorry, they can't play!

4) NO CHEATING: Photos may NOT be digitally modified (including filters, borders, brightening, etc.) in any way, whatsoever EXCEPT for CROPPING which is allowable (and sometimes recommended... see "Helpful Tips"). You'd be surprised to know how easy it is for our judges to spot touch-ups and special effects on our large display screen, so don't try to sneak it by them! If the judges disqualify your altered photo, you will not be notified of their decision; you will simply be taken out of the running.

5) CAPTIONS: Sometimes a category will call for a caption. In such instances, you can boost your score by including a great one along with your photo entry. Do NOT superimpose your caption over the photo itself, just send it in along with your submission.

6) TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE:  Photos entered must be taken within the last 12 months. This means any particular photo can only be entered ONCE and then never again. Memorial photos of a pet who has passed away, are permissible, provided they were taken within the last 12 months. We will be checking digital time stamps on photos and automatically disqualifying any that don't meet this criteria; in such instances, you will not be notified; you will simply be taken out of the running.

7) DO IT YOURSELF: Only amateur photos may be submitted. No professional or paid photography (unless, of course, you are a professional photographer).

8) THIS IS A FUNDRAISING EVENT:  Each photo submission must be accompanied by a $5.00 entry donation. Our annual Early Bird Special runs from May 1st-7th. During this time ONLY, you may enter up to TWO photos for each $5.00 donation, provided all photos and donations are submitted and received within this limited promotional period.

9) DEADLINES:  Photos for our next competition will be accepted from May 1, 2019 until May 31, 2019 @ 12:00 midnight EST. Both photographs and full entry donations must be received during this time period in order to be officially entered. NO EXCEPTIONS! Photos rec'd without payment will be disqualified. Entry donations are non-refundable. This means if you are disqualified for not following the rules, you will not get your donation back.

10) ENTER AS OFTEN AS YOU'D LIKE:  Contestants may enter as many photos of their ducks or geese as they would like and are encouraged to do so!

11) SHARING YOUR PHOTOS: All Contestants grant Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary full discretion to permanently display any photo submissions on our website or in any related and not-for-profit media (we will not sell your photos). 

12) NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN RIBBONS AND FUN:  Contestants understand that they will receive no compensation of monetary value in association with this contest.

13) WORDLWIDE SUBMISSIONS:  Our Duck-Duck-Goose Blue Ribbon Photo Contest is OPEN for worldwide submissions! A few stipulations have been set in place to improve efficiency and help control expenses:

a. All accompanying entry donations must be made via Paypal in U.S.A. currency.

b. Should you win a prize ribbon (or ribbons!) contestants agree to cover the added expense of shipping your ribbon(s) outside of the Continental USA. These special arrangements will be made directly with you by email after the contest officially closes and winners are announced. Any additional shipping costs must be made via Paypal in U.S. currency. Your ribbon(s) will NOT be shipped to you until your additional shipping costs have been received in full.

c. Prize ribbons will be considered forfeited to Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary on August 1st of that contest year if additional shipping costs are not yet received.

 


Submission Directions:

1) All Photo entries MUST be sent to us electronically by Email.

2) ATTACH your photo submissions to your email using the paperclip icon. Do NOT Embed your photos into your email, or we will not be able to transfer them over to our large screen slideshow for our judges review.

3) Email EACH PHOTO entry SEPARATELY, ONLY ONE INDIVIDUAL PHOTO PER EMAIL! This is extremely important! Failure to do so can result in some of your photos not making it into the slideshow.

4) Specify the CATEGORY in which you want your photo entered in your email's SUBJECT LINE. Not all categories run every year, so be sure you choose one that's running this year. Any entries that are received without this specification, or with an invalid category listed, will be automatically entered into the "Most Photogenic" category.

5) Be sure to include your: Full Name, Complete Shipping Address, and Phone Number with Area Code in the body of your email--Along with the names of all pets featured in the photo.

6) IF THEY LOOK LIKE A MALLARD, THEY MAY BE DISQUALIFIED! If you're entering a photo of a Rouen, Welsh Harlequin, Saxony, Silver Appleyard, Grey Call, Grey Indian Runner, or Mallard duck you MUST specify their breed in your submission email. When it comes to the coloration of these particular breeds, it's not always easy for our judges to distinguish domestics from their wild cousins. In order to confirm your pet's eligibility in a particular category, please specify their breed... or else... risk disqualification.

7) If you are entering a photo in a category that calls for a Caption, remember to include one to achieve a higher score. Do NOT superimpose your caption on the photo itself; instead, include the caption in the body of your photo submission email. Your caption will appear to the judges EXACTLY as it appears in your email, so be very careful with your spelling and punctuation.

8) Send your entry donation via Paypal, or by making your check payable to:  Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary. When donating by snail mail, checks should be sent:  Attn:  Photo Contest Entry, 17 Barker Road, Lebanon CT  06249. When donating please be sure to include adequate information with your donation, so we can accurately match it with your photo submission(s). REMEMBER: All entry donations must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by June 15th 12:00 midnight EST.

CONFIRMATION EMAIL:  We will send you a confirmation email once you have been officially entered in the competition. If you don't receive this email within 24 hours of emailing your photos and entry donation to us, please contact us immediately: Email

 


Click Here to View our Blue Ribbon Winner's Circle!

Click Here to see some of our proud Winners!

 

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