To enter, fill out a registration form and upload your photos on our website at www.mailtribune.com/birdcontest.
Once the entries are in, Mail Tribune readers can vote for their favorite photos online. Readers will have a 25-percent say in who wins. Our panel of expert judges will account for the other 75 percent of the score.
Grand prize is a pair of Pro Master Binoculars, EL 10 x 42, valued at $299, from Total Camera and Video, 1310 A Center Drive, Medford, 541-772-6808, www.totalcamera.net.
First place is a pair of Eagle Optics Denali 8 x 42 Roof Prism Binoculars, valued at $229, from Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, 541-770-1104, www.medford.wbu.com.
Second place is a $100 gift certificate from Grange Co-op.
Third place receives a pair of Bushnell 8 x 42 binoculars, valued at $79, from Black Bird Shopping Center, 1810 W. Main St., Medford, 541-772-8036, http://blackbirdshoppingcenter.com.
Fourth place takes home a Patriot bird feeder and 20-pound bag of bird seed, valued at $36, from Black Bird Shopping Center.
Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9.
When the entry deadline passes, we'll kick off a week of online voting, which closes Friday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.
The winning photos will be published Friday, Dec. 23 in Oregon Outdoors.
1) Only photographs of wild birds are eligible.
2) Birds must be photographed in the wild (no zoo photos or pictures of tethered birds, caged birds or dead birds mounted by taxidermy).
3) Either the birds or the photographer must be Oregon residents. No out-of-state birds shot by out-of-state photographers (we are Oregon Outdoors, after all).
4) The contest is open to everyone except employees of Southern Oregon Media Group, Total Camera and Video, Wild Birds Unlimited, Grange Co-op and Black Bird Shopping Center, and their immediate families.
5) You can enter up to 3 photos, but each photographer is eligible to win only one award.
6) The entrant of the photo must be the photographer who shot the photo.
7) Only digital (jpeg) photos are eligible, submitted in RGB mode. If you shoot film, the photo must be scanned and submitted in digital format.
8) Entries must be accompanied by an entry form that includes the photographer's name, phone, address, email address and the location where photo was shot.
9) Please include the species of the bird(s) if you know it, the type of camera and lens used and, if possible, the shutter speed and lens opening.
10) Digital photos may be enhanced using tools such as exposure control, cropping and sharpening. Other major or obvious enhancements may render the photo ineligible. This will be a decision of the judges and all decisions are final.
Even though the greatest care will be taken with all photos, the Mail Tribune, Wild Birds Unlimited, Total Camera and Video, Grange Co-op and Black Bird Shopping Center are not responsible for lost or damaged entries.
The judges will use the following criteria for grading all photos entered:
2) Technical quality (sharpness, depth of field, exposure, etc.)
3) How well the photo captures the essence of the bird.
If you have questions, email Mail Tribune Features Editor David Smigelski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-776-8784.