Home' Island Sun : ISN 090415 Contents ISLAND SUN - SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
The 3rd annual “Ding” Darling-The-
odore Cross High School Photogra-
phy Contest kicks off on September
1, with a deadline of January 1, 2016.
It invites high school students in Lee,
Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry
counties to enter for prizes that include a
Canon digital SLR camera package, char-
tered class trips to the refuge, and copies
of Waterbirds: Portraits and Anecdotes
from Birding Adventures by contest
namesake, the late Theodore Cross.
Cross, who lived part-time on Sanibel
Island and has family still living here,
marched with Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.; advised the Johnson and Nixon
administrations on anti-poverty programs;
wrote the influential book Black Capital-
ism, among others; played a prominent
role in President Obama’s election; and
created Birders United, a birding website
that ranked legislators according to their
record of bird protection support.
Late in life, Cross decided to indulge
his love for birds and photography and
traveled the world to collect stunning
portraits and stories to chronicle his
adventures. He shot often at JN “Ding”
Darling National Wildlife Refuge on
Sanibel, and a number of the images in
his book reflect his love for the refuge.
Cross published Waterbirds in 2009 at
age 85; he passed away shortly after that
in February 2010.
NPR’s All Things Considered called
Cross’ collection of 179 images and
countless anecdotes “spectacular.” The
New York Times described it as “part
visual encyclopedia, part memoir.”
“The Theodore Cross Family Chari-
table Foundation has made possible this
contest with a generous grant to the
‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of
the Refuge (DDWS),” said Birgie Miller,
DDWS executive director. “We couldn’t
be more thrilled that they wanted their
donation used in this way for a third
“We are so happy to be supporting
a contest in my father’s name, a con-
test that will get our youth involved with
nature by looking at it – as my father so
loved doing – through a camera lens,”
said daughter Amanda Cross.
Digital image entries can be shot from
any outdoor venue in the state of Florida.
A writing component to the contest
requires entrants grades nine through 12
to submit a 100-word description of the
“moment” captured and how it reflects
what nature and wildlife mean to the pho-
Entry rules and guidelines are listed be-
low. Guidelines and prize information are
also posted at www.dingdarlingsociety.
org/photo-contests. Call DDWS at 472-
1100 ext. 233 for more information.
All entries and personal information
must be submitted in digital format to
the email address ddhsphotocontest@
gmail.com. Submit your full name, high
school, grade and an original photograph
that you took of nature and/or wildlife
in the open outdoors. Include a title for
the photograph and a written description
(minimum 100 words) of the “moment”
captured and how it reflects what nature
and wildlife mean to you. You and your
entry must comply with the following
• High school students attending
schools in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades
and Charlotte (Florida) counties in grades
nine through 12 may enter the contest.
• Only digital images are accepted and
may be taken with any camera, including
• Images must be submitted in JPEG
format and must have a size of at least
2000 x 1500 pixels or resolution of 2
• The photograph must be taken of
nature and/or wildlife in the open out-
doors in the state of Florida, which may
include parks, refuges, backyards and
other open spaces.
• Panoramic photos are not allowed.
• Filters, cropping, enhancements and
boarders are permitted. However, adding
any elements not existing in the original
scene will not be allowed. Judges, at their
discretion, will disqualify any photos that
appear to be manipulated beyond these
• Each participant may enter up to
two photos but is eligible to win only one
• Judging will be anonymous. Please
do not put your name or anything that
will identify you on your photograph.
• There are three judges: A refuge
staff person, a professional photographer,
and a resident of the five-county region.
• Technical excellence (sharpness,
lighting, composition, exposure)
• Explanation of photograph (mini-
mum of 100 words)
All photos will become the property
of the society. Photos may be used by
the society in any way with appropriate
After the images have been submitted
electronically, they will be printed out for
judging. The winners of the contest will
have their images matted and displayed
in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education
To support DDWS and the refuge
with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.
dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie
Miller at 292-0566 or director@dingdar-
Theodore Cross’ coffee-table book of stun-
ning bird portraits
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Friends and family of Mary Jeanne
McAward are invited to a memorial
celebration of her life to be held on
Sunday, September 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.
The gathering will be on the beach near
the picnic tables at the second Sanibel
Causeway, island west. In the event of
rain, the service will be held at George &
Wendy’s Seafood Grille.
Last year’s first place went to Matthew
Boutelle from Fort Myers High School for his
editorial copy to:
MARY JEANNE MCAWARD
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