We are extremely proud to announce the venue for the 2010 Pro-Tour of Nature Photography. The 2010 Pro-Tour will be held in Webb County, Texas and the counties that border Webb County. These counties are Maverick, Dimmit, La Salle, McMullen, Duval, Jim Hogg and Zapata. Laredo, Texas will be the host city for the Pro-Tour and the related events.
This southwest Texas region is home to thousands of speices of flora and fauna and extremely important to migratory birds, mammals and insects. The Pro-Tour photographers will be creating a visual inventory that will educate the public and participating landowners about the plants and animals that share the land.
WHAT: Twenty Photographer-Landowner Teams will be matched at random for a one-month competition in the spring of 2010. Each team will submit a final 70-image portfolio for judging. Five Divisions will exhibit the region’s biodiversity: Birds; Mammals; Reptiles, Amphibians & Fish; Invertebrates (Insects & Arachnids); Landscapes, Plants & Flower.
WHERE: Laredo, Texas will host the 2010 ICF Pro-Tour of Nature Photography. The competition region stretches from Zapata County on the southeast to Maverick County on the northwest, combining extraordinary wildlife diversity with unique and beautiful arid landscapes, making it an ideal setting for unforgettable photography. Promoting this area with images of nature will boost tourism and bring significant new revenue to local businesses. Nature photography, as a leading sector of the nature tourism industry, can mean substantial profits for popular destinations.
WHO MAY PARTICIPATE?
Professional Nature Photographers: Any photographer who received 80% or more of his/her earned income for the past three years from nature photography may submit an application to ICF on or before March 31, 2009.
Private Landowners: Owners of 1,000 acres or more of diverse wildlife habitat may apply. Twenty landowners representing the best and most diverse habitat will be selected from the applicants by ICF.
AEP Texas has again signed on as our First Grand Prize anchor sponsor. The total prize money for the 2010 Pro-Tour has been increased to $180,000.