The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida
Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 7:00 pm
These 2 contests are open
to all members of the Calusa Herp. Society to show off your best herp pets
& herp-oriented photography. There
is no charge to enter, and prizes will be awarded to the winners in each of the
main categories in each contest. In
addition, “Best of Show” will be chosen among pets and photos.
your live herp pets in tonight for this special ‘double feature’
meeting. There is a limit of
three pets per person. PLEASE bring a container for your pet so it can be
on display in something that everyone can admire it in.
You may take it / them out for handling, of course, but you must
bring something to put it / them in for those times when you need a break.
Your name should be on a label on each cage.
The following 4 pet herp categories will be open for judging:
entire audience present will vote for the best pet in each of the 4
categories. Some of the
criteria that everyone should strongly consider in choosing the best herp
– the animal should be in the peak of health, without scars, runny nose,
cloudy eyes, full tail, not too fat, etc.
& PATTERN – how attractive that particular animal is compared to others of its
species that you’ve seen.
– the best pet should be calm-natured, NOT trying to squirm out of the
holder’s hands constantly. Naturally,
it also should NOT scratch, tail-whip, bite, etc.
pet owner will be asked to step up in front of the room and introduce
themselves, tell us what kind of herp it is, tell a little about the
animal (where it lives in the wild, what it eats, etc.), how long
they’ve had it, and why they feel it’s a good pet.
audience will vote for its favorites about halfway through the meeting,
after which, ribbons will be awarded to winners, and the winners and their
pets will be photographed for the CHS website.
must be submitted in print form, preferably in the 8” x
10” (or up to 8” by 12”) size range, but no larger.
You may submit smaller snapshots, but keep in mind that you have a
much better chance if your entries are as big as everyone else’s to
compete fairly with them. Only
single images, unaltered by digital wizardry or other “tricks”, will
be eligible. You must
be the one who took images to enter them.
Color and / or black & white images are acceptable.
Up to 5 images may be submitted in
each of the 3 categories by each contestant for no charge.
The following 3 herp categories
will be judged:
FLORIDA HERPS --- The subject(s) must be native to Florida,
or an introduced species that lives and breeds here now.
They can be wild or captive.
BEHAVIOR --- The subject(s) must be
exhibiting some form of behavior / action, doing something besides just
sitting there looking pretty.
--- The subject(s) should be depicted in an obviously artificial (non
‘wild’) situation, such as around your home, or on & around
manmade structures or areas. This
category includes pets, in their enclosures, being held by people, etc.
One winner will be chosen in each category,
plus one GRAND
That will he
best overall herp image –- the one that wows and impresses us the
most . It gets the
grand prize; no other criteria matters except that it is of a
herp-oriented subject. The 3
categories and Best of Show winning
images will be displayed on the CHS website if you provide a digital copy
to Bill Love at firstname.lastname@example.org
after the contest.
judging will take place on Thursday evening at the meeting by Bill Love
(who will not compete in the contest) and at least two other club members.
Emphasis will be on the visual impact of the image (how memorable
it is), the difficulty factor of obtaining it, the fascination and
‘unusualness’ of the subject shown, and the shot’s overall artistic
appeal. The difference
in quality between what simple cameras versus fancy, expensive cameras
& lenses can record will not weigh heavily against contestants. It is photographic skill and creativity that counts
here, not having expensive photo gadgetry.
You must label each of your pictures as to which of the 3 categories it
is competing in. Also put
your name and telephone number (or email address) on each photo, plus list
what species is depicted, where it was photographed, and any other details
of the shot that you wish to describe it.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE !
MEETING SITE : In Ft. Myers, Florida at the Calusa Nature Center , near Colonial Blvd. (S. R. 884) and Interstate 75. Get off I-75 at exit #136 (old exit #22) and go west (towards the coast) on 884 (Colonial Blvd.) for one-half mile, then turn right at the first traffic light onto Ortiz Ave., and then left into the Nature Center after only one-quarter mile. The Iona House meeting site is an older dark green house located to the left (as you enter the grounds) at the rear of the complex, back near where the school busses are parked. The meeting opens at 7:00 pm, and the speaker usually starts no later than 7:15 pm. Non-members must pay $3.00 at the door to attend the meeting. Click HERE for a map to the meeting site. After each meeting, all attendees are invited to join "the core" for an informal nightcap at RJ Gator's Restaurant / Sports Bar on Colonial Blvd. where we usually gather following meetings which end at 8:30 pm.
WHO'S INVITED ? You are! Anyone with an interest in any aspect of herpetology or herpetoculture is welcome to attend, learn, and exchange their experiences with our friendly membership. Come out to meet others who keep, breed or study reptiles and amphibians, and let them share their fascination with you. We average 35 – 70 people attending every meeting.
Cookies and cold soda, a nightly raffle of live herps, herp products, and books follow each speaker's talk, and lots of herp camaraderie, gossip, and fun can be counted upon at all meetings !
For more info , call (239) 728-2390 or (239)
481-3525 or EMAIL: email@example.com
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