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Gallery By The Lake

is excited to announce the fourth iteration of our Gulf Coast Bird Photography Competition and Exhibition:

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Last Year 1st Place Winner: Painted Flying Blunt - Karl Gillard

Hit Me With Your Best Shot! 2022


This competition is meant to celebrate the joys and benefits of birdwatching, draw attention to the diversity of bird life and habitat across the United States and showcase the work of wildlife photographers in North America. With cash prizes for Adult 1st - 3rd place and a Youth 1st place, the winners will certainly be rewarded for their beautiful photos!

When is it?

The Event itself begins on April 23th, 2022, and will conclude on November 26th!

Here is a Calendar for all of the important dates for this event:

April 23 - Competition Opens
June 27 - Deadline for entries
July 19 - Notification of Acceptance
September 16 - Deadline for receipt of accepted works
September 30 – Reception and Awards Presentations
November 26 - Exhibition concludes


Where will it take place?

This is a national competition and exhibition of photographs of birds found in the United States.  The opening reception and exhibition will take place on the second floor of the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles, LA on September 30th and end on November 26th. Awards will also be announced there!

How can I enter?

The Adult category is for those who are 18 and older. 

The Youth category is for those who are 13 to 17 years old as of April 1, 2022.

Each photographer may submit up to 3 entries for the standard non-refundable entry fee of $35.  Up to 5 additional entries may be submitted for $5 each. Entries are submitted using the (CaFÉ) website.

Accepted works must framed and back wired with the wire reaching no higher than 3" from the top of the frame. 

Image size should not exceed 18” x 24” or equivalent with matted and framed work not larger than 24” x 30”. 

Mailed entries should be suitable to withstand the rigors of packaged shipping.  Please ship to:
Hit Me With Your Best Shot!
Gallery by the Lake Inc.
c/o Historic City Hall

1001 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Hand deliveries are accepted September 6th - 11th and 13 from 10 am to 6 pm

Works must be received by September 16
o    All shipped accepted works must include prepaid return shipping label
o    Late or damaged shipments will be returned freight collect
o    Works must be shipped in reusable packing cartons
o    No packing peanuts or popcorn

Return of artwork begins November 29.
Hand delivery pickup available at Historic City from November 29th - December 3rd and December 6th - 10th, 10 am to 6 pm.


A 20% gallery commission will be assessed on the sale of photographs during the exhibition.  The exhibition committee reserves the right to reproduce accepted entries for future press releases, website and Facebook promotion of this event.

What are the rules?

The media must be Photography. Digital enhancement should be limited to color, shadow, and cropping.  No alteration of original image background is allowed. Photography regarding bird safety and dignity outlined in Audubon Photography guidelines should be followed.

Who will be judging?

This will be judged by the former editor and production director at Bird Watcher's Digest, Dawn Hewitt and Bruce Wunderlich, respectively. 

What are the prizes?

They are, in order:

1st Place - $400

2nd Place - $250
3rd Place - $130
Youth 1st Place - $200
Honorable mentions (8)

How can I contact you for additional info or questions?

Competition Coordinator: Dan Plummer
Phone: Dan Plummer - (337) 842-6820



Gallery by the Lake Inc. carries no insurance for loss or damage to artwork in the gallery or in transit nor assume any liability for same.  Care will be taken for the safety of the exhibited work.  Artists should provide their own insurance coverage.  Gallery by the Lake Inc. is not responsible for fees and/or damage from any cause.  A submission of entry/ies into the show and exhibit constitutes a binding agreement by artists to all conditions stated.  The entrant understands and agrees that any unclaimed artwork left after the exhibit take-out date will be removed from the exhibit site and will be donated/disposed of by the Gallery by the Lake after 30 days from last pickup date.


Supported by a grant from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury

as administered by the Arts Council of SWLA.

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