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

Next year's competition runsApril 1st-June 15th!

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

2018's Blue Ribbon fundraising event will haveTHREE photo categories: 

Most Photogenic (domestic ducks & geese ONLY)

Best Mud on Your Face! (domestic ducks & geese ONLY)

Best Nap (Open to ALL pet ducks and geese)

 

OTHER YEARS feature categories like: Most Comical, Wild Child, Best Couple, Best Nap and Most Magnificent Splash!

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

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!).

2018 Sponsor-A-Ribbon

Most Photogenic Ribbon Sponsors:

1) Blue 1st Place Ribbon:  $25.00 (Available)
2) Red 2nd Place Ribbon:  $20.00 (Available)
3) White 3rd Place Ribbon: 
$15.00
(Available)

Best Mud on Face Ribbon Sponsors:

1) Blue 1st  Place Ribbon:  $25.00 (Available)
2) Red 2nd Place Ribbon:  $20.00 (Available)
3) White 3rd Place Ribbon: 
$15.00
(Available)

Best Nap Ribbon Sponsors:

1) Blue 1st Place Ribbon:   $25.00 (Available)
2) Red 2nd Place Ribbon:  $20.00 (Available)
3) White 3rd Place Ribbon: 
$15.00
(Available)

Honorable Mention Ribbon Sponsor:

1) Black, Orange & White HM Ribbon$25.00 (Available)

President's Pick Ribbon Sponsor:

1) Black & Silver PP Ribbon$25.00 (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!


Contest Rules:

1) This contest is especially designed to celebrate domestic waterfowl. Unless a category specifically states otherwise, all photo submissions must be of domestic ducks (including Muscovy ducks) or geese who you have claimed at least partial responsibility for ONLY. This includes abandoned domestic ducks and geese, still in the wild, as long as you are helping to care and provide healthy food for them on a regular basis (which means: daily, weekly or anywhere in between). 

2) 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 waterfowl photo submissions.

3) Photos of your Wild & Exotic ducks & geese who have been legally domesticated may be submitted into certain categories when the rules for that category specifically call for it. These pets are not to be confused with wild ducks or geese. Multiple wild/exotic ducks & geese can appear in the same photo with each other or along with any domestic waterfowl. 

4) 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 partner. At least ONE of the duo must be a non-flying domestic duck or goose in order to qualify. Only the couple may appear in the photo (no one else!) and they do NOT have to be "in love." The best couple can be buddies, brothers, sisters, pen mates... whatever! Just remember to ALWAYS keep things SAFE and natural (no unsafe posing).

5) 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!

6) Photos may NOT be digitally modified in any way whatsoever EXCEPT for CROPPING, which is allowable (and sometimes recommended... see "Helpful Tips").

7) 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.

8) Photos entered must be taken within the last 12 months. Which means any particular photo can only be entered ONCE and then never again.

9) Amateur photos only may be submitted. No professional or paid photography (unless, of course, you are a professional photographer).

10) Each photo submission must be accompanied by a $5.00 entry donation. This is a fundraising event, after all!

11) Photos for our next competition will be accepted from April 1, 2018 until June 15, 2018 @ 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.

12) Contestants may enter as many photos of their ducks or geese as they would like and are encouraged to do so!

13) 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).

14) Contestants also understand that they will receive no compensation of monetary value in association with this contest.

15) 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. Photos entered from OUTSIDE of the Continental USA will ONLY be accepted via email (no snail mail please).

b. All accompanying entry donations must be made via Paypal in U.S. currency ($5.00 USD donation for each photo entry).

c. 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.

d. 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:

All Photo entries MUST be sent electronically by Email:

1) Email your photo submissions to Majestic as an ATTACHMENT (using the paperclip icon). Do NOT embed them in your email, or we cannot transfer them over to our slide show for our judges review. Please email EACH PHOTO entry SEPARATELY, ONLY ONE INDIVIDUAL PHOTO PER EMAIL.

2) 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 will be categorically entered at the discretion of an impartial, Majestic contest organizer.

3) Be sure to include your Full Name, Complete Mailing Address, and Phone Number with Area Code in the body of your email along with the names of any ducks/geese featured in the photo.

4) 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 the email. Your caption will appear to the judges EXACTLY as it appears on your entry, so be very careful with your spelling and punctuation.

4) 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 this year's contest. If you don't receive this email from us within 3 days of emailing your photos and entry donation to us, please contact us right away: Email

 


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

Click Here to see some of our proud Winners!

 

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