Monday, March 29, 2010

Tamron USA Announces 2010 Photo Contest Two: Backyard Wildlife - Deadline June 30, 2010

Backyard Wildlife photo contest supports wildlife conservation with donation by Tamron for every photo entered*

March 25, 2010, Commack, NY— Tamron USA, Inc. announced the second in its series of four photo contests for 2010: Backyard Wildlife. This quarter's contest asks entrants to submit photographic portraits of their local wildlife, whether found in their own backyard, local parks, or other urban and rural neighborhood areas. The contest is looking for local wildlife indigenous to the photographer's home town, so photos from zoos, aquariums and the like will not be considered. The contest runs from April 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010. The Grand Prize Winner of Contest Two 2010 will receive his/her choice of one of these Tamron lenses: SP AF60mm F2 Di-II 1:1 Macro; SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II; SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 Di-II VC; or AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC. Users of any camera equipment may enter the Tamron photo contest.

Our Guest Judge: Jackie Bailey Labovitz
The "Backyard Wildlife" photo contest entries will be evaluated and selected by a guest judge, Jackie Bailey Labovitz, a former art curator and current photographer from the Washington, D.C. area whose recent mission is to help preserve and celebrate local wildlife through photography. In 2003, Jackie Bailey Labovitz picked up a camera. For more than a decade Jackie and her husband, David, have been creating a safe haven for ordinary wildlife. Her photographic safari began in their backyard sanctuary in Shenandoah Valley. Born in rural Virginia, Jackie began collecting insects at an early age. Meticulously arranging arthropods in cigar boxes that Mrs. Tyson at the general store saved for her was her first curatorial attempt. She moved on to curate art collections for major corporations and American embassies abroad. Her award-winning photographs have been published in Virginia Wildlife. You can see her work featuring wildlife subjects at

Contest Supports Wildlife Conservation
Unique to this contest is Tamron's promise to support wildlife conservation with a donation of 25¢ per entry* to the National Wildlife Federation (, an organization admired and supported by our guest judge.

Prizes And Recognition
In addition to receiving the Tamron lens of choice, the winner’s picture will be showcased on the Tamron website. The winner and twenty photographers whose images are selected by our judge as Favorites will have their names and winning images published on the website and on the Tamron Page on Facebook™ for all to admire.

Email your lo-res images to, Subject line of email must read Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest. (Winner & Finalists will be contacted for hi-res images). By sending your images you agree to Tamron’s terms & conditions. Tamron reserves the right to disqualify any images that do not fit the theme of this photo contest. Complete rules and an entry form can be found at or by accessing the contest page at Submissions are limited to a maximum of three per person. Pictures submitted must be original and the property of the photographer. The contest is open to any person 18 years or older residing in the United States and all entries must be received no later than June 30, 2010.

About Tamron
Tamron is a leading manufacturer of photographic lenses. Among its many optical and mechanical innovations since the founding of the company in 1950, Tamron's development of mass-produced hybrid aspherical elements paved the way for today’s compact high ratio zoom lenses when, in 1992, this technology was incorporated into the groundbreaking 28-200mm. Tamron continues to lead in this category with the award-winning 18-270mm — featuring an unprecedented 15X zoom range—and featuring Tamron's proprietary Vibration Compensation (VC) system. Tamron has garnered international acclaim for its high ratio zoom lenses. Tamron celebrates its 60th anniversary this November.

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