13th Digiscoper of the Year

COMPETITION DETAILS

Nature’s diversity and uniqueness never cease to inspire us. After all, there are more than 4,500 species of mammals and more than 9,900 types of bird worldwide, each one unique in their appearance and behavior.

This diversity is also reflected in the many different digiscoping pictures and now, they will be classified in four theme-specific categories.

 

Definition of digiscoping

Under the terms of this competition, digiscoping pictures and videos are digital pictures and videos featuring animals that have been produced using a digital camera and a spotting scope eyepiece.

The four categories in the “Digiscoper of the Year 2018” competition are as follows:

 

Movement & Action

What criteria does my picture need to meet for the “Movement & Action” category?

  • The digiscoping pictures in this category are digital photos of birds, insects, amphibians, and reptiles living in the wild (NB: there is a separate category for mammals), where the focus is mainly on the creature’s movement and activity. The motif must be in motion.
  • Further selection criteria in addition to relevance to the theme include the complexity of the shot and the esthetic aspects of the pictures submitted.
  • Competition terms and conditions

 

Sample pictures:

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Movement & Action category expert

  • Tara Tanaka

 

Tara Tanaka: Great movement and action photos should show an aspect of the subject that would not be seen if the bird or animal was perched or still.  For a winning shot in this category I’ll be looking for the unusual or dramatic that captures the subject’s personality, or a shot that depicts a behavior such as feeding or interaction with another bird or animal.  The digiscoper should demonstrate the ability to choose an ISO, shutter speed and EV compensation that is appropriate to best capture the action, as well as maintaining a sharp eye and creating an appealing composition.

 

Portrait & Macro

What criteria does my picture need to meet for the “Portrait & Macro” category?

  • The digiscoping pictures in this category are portrait shots of birds, insects, amphibians, and reptiles living in the wild (NB: there is a separate category for mammals), which do not fall under the “Movement & Action” category.
  • Further selection criteria in addition to relevance to the theme include the complexity of the shot and the esthetic aspects of the pictures submitted.
  • Competition terms and conditions

 

Sample pictures:

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Portrait & Macro category expert

  • Dominic Mitchell

 

Dominic Mitchell: For Portrait and Macro work, it’s vital to make your images stand out from the crowd. As well as being sharp and perfectly exposed, consider also depth of field and particularly composition, and how they can be used to enhance your shots. The best up-close studies share an intimate sense of the subject’s world, as if through the eyes of the species itself.

 

Mammals

What criteria does my picture need to meet for the “Mammal” category?

  • The digiscoping pictures in this category include movement & action images and portrait & macro shots of mammals living in the wild.
  • Further selection criteria in addition to relevance to the theme include the complexity of the shot and the esthetic aspects of the pictures submitted.
  • Competition terms and conditions

 

Sample pictures:

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Mammals category expert

  • Jörg Kretzschmar

 

Jörg Kretzschmar is a German biologist by education, a management consultant by profession and a ‘digiscoper’ by passion, for more than 10 years. Digiscoping allows him an expansion of views and imagery into almost artistic approach. He writes regularly on digiscoping/scopal imaging (mainly for German speaking countries), but also gives lectures/workshops (in English) throughout Europe. His website www.ozellus.de also promotes this new way of taking pictures and gives first-hand-tips for all those who want to become more familiar with the opportunities of digiscoping. Photos of him became part of the World Exhibition 2000 in Hannover and have been used as motifs for stamps or bank notes (20 Fiji Dollar).

 

Video

What criteria does my picture need to meet for the “Video” category?

  • All videos showing animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects) living in the wild are eligible for this category.
  • Further selection criteria in addition to relevance to the theme include the complexity of the shot and the esthetic aspects of the pictures submitted.
  • Competition terms and conditions

 

Sample videos:

 

Videos category expert

  • Jürgen Bergmann

 

Jürgen Bergmann from Germany is, together with his wife, a passionate nature filmmaker. The conservation of nature is at the forefront of their work, constantly driving their commitment. For him, digiscoping is the modern form of exploration, without having any effect on nature and the wildlife. His aim is to make others enthusiastic about and aware of the beauty and uniqueness of our environment. His films were not only a national but an international success. 2014, 2015 and 2017 Jürgen Bergmann was the winner of the category “Video” and could convince the jury in a way that he also got the title “Digiscoper of the Year” twice.

 

Important dates

Deadline for submitting entries: September 30, 2018 (23:59:59 CEST)
Adjudication period: October 1 to October 14, 2018 (23:59:59 CEST)
Announcement of winner: December 2018

The 14th edition of SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s internationally popular “Digiscoper of the Year” competition has had a makeover.
For the first time, all entries have to be made via Instagram.


From October 1–31, keen digiscopers are invited to post their pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #DOY2019.
Only public posts can participate in the draw.
The lucky winner will be picked at random and receive a set of CL Companion binoculars with VPA (variable phone adapter) and adapter ring.

Important deadlines

  • Competition start: October 1, 2019
  • Closing date for submissions: October 31, 2019 (23:59:59 CEST)
  • Announcement of the winners: November 2019