Dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna.

The Mission of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation:

"To conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public-private partnerships.”

Year of the Turtle Photo Contest

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Year of the Turtle Photo Contest

Along with our turtle conservation partners, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) announces a photo contest for the 2011 Year of the Turtle!

We are seeking close-up, digital photos of turtles, preferably in their natural habitats or within an educational or conservation context. One winner will be selected each month to be the featured photo as part of the Year of the Turtle online calendar. Runner-up photos will also be included in the calendar. Additionally, all submitted images will be considered for use in the Year of the Turtle monthly newsletter and website as well as other Year of the Turtle related conservation, outreach, and educational efforts.



Photos will be judged on quality (resolution, lighting, composition) as well as the general appeal of the subject of the photo. The turtle(s) should be the focus of photo. Photo should also capture the coloration, markings, and overall “personality” of the turtle(s). Multiple photos may be submitted. Photos selected for a given month of the calendar will be selected by the 20th of the previous month (i.e., the winning photo for January will be selected on December 20th, and so on each month); however, photos will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered for future months. Winners will be notified of their photo’s selection via email and will be asked to provide a brief personal biography.

NOTE: By submitting an entry, the contestant grants PARC the right to publish and crop their photo as necessary. Photographers warrant that the photo is their original work and that they are the owner of its copyright. Photographers will retain the copyright for their photo. Appropriate acknowledgement to photographers will be given for photos when used in the Year of the Turtle calendar, newsletter, website, or other venue.



Resolution. Photos should be at least 300 dpi in resolution (to be suitable for an 8” x 10” page) and in JPG or TIFF format.

File name. File names of submitted images should be titled using the photographer’s full name, species name (scientific or common, if known) and image numbered consecutively (e.g. JoeSmithBoxTurtle01.jpg, JoeSmithBoxTurtle02.jpg; JoeSmithChelydra_serpentina01.jpg).

To submit. To submit photos for the contest, please send your photo(s) along with entry form information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information and details on the Year of the Turtle please visit Additional questions? Please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your participation!



Who is PARC?

Our membership comes from all walks of life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants.