Sadly, that is not the name of new reality show. (The fraction of the TV-watching public that would want to gaze at birders birding is probably pretty small. Though perhaps if the contestants wore clingy, revealing outfits and character shoes, ratings would be decent.)
Rather, it’s that time again for Swarovski Optik North America’s annual digiscoping contest. If you’ve got mad bird-scoping skillz, now’s your chance to prove it. Entries are accepted until September 30, 2014 in four categories: Behavior and Action, Portraits, Mammals, and Videos.
More good-to-know stuff:
- Birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, and reptiles—all in their natural habitats—are fair game. (Except for the Mammals category. Duh.)
- You can submit still photos or videos.
- For the first time, a prize will be awarded for shots taken with a smartphone. (Digital cameras are cool, too.) All images must be shot through scopes or binoculars.
- The “Digiscoper of the Year 2014” will be awarded a whole mess of Swarovski gear, and three other winners will get Swarovkski EL 32 bins.
Not a scoper or shutterbug? No problem—you can play along at home. “Like” the ones you like most at the contest’s Facebook page—new images and videos will go up every month through October. Fan favorites will get Swarovski swag.
So if you want to boast taking the shot seen ‘round the world—or just to help pick it—get scoping. (Or scoping the scopers’ scoping!)
Image of Corey scoping, above, from Birdfreak.com; Digiscoping Corey below by Redgannet.