The contest is organised by Swarovski Optik. 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/smartphone and a spotting scope/binocular. All conventional spotting scopes and binoculars may be used for this competition.
The only animal photos permitted are those showing live animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and amphibians) in their natural habitat, and not in captivity (enclosure or zoo).
There are four categories: Movement & Action, Portrait & Macro, Mammals, Video.
There are no entry fees.
• The best 15 images and 5 videos will be published with the photographer’s name on the www.digiscoperoftheyear.com homepage. For each image published, the entrant shall receive a publication fee of EUR 300.
• The overall winner of the “Digiscoper of the Year 2016” competition will receive a complete set of SWAROVSKI OPTIK digiscoping equipment (ATX or STX eyepiece module, 25-60×85 objective module, digiscoping adapter, spotting scope rail, CT 101 tripod + DH 101 tripod head).
• The other three “Digiscoper of the Year 2016” category winners will each receive a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK EL 32 binoculars.