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World Albatross Day Photography Competition “Albatrosses, their World and Threats”

Light mantled Albatross Oli Prince

A Light-mantled Albatross preens its tail on a South Atlantic island, photograph by Oli Prince

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Description

The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels Agreement (ACAP) has launched "World Albatross Day" in order to raise awareness about these birds and the threats they face. We invite you to take part in a photography competition that seeks to show the images and emotions these birds inspire.

The Competition

This competition is an awareness-raising and educational initiative, aiming to increase knowledge of the beauty of a family of birds that faces multiple threats to its survival. It aims to raise awareness about the role of these birds in nature, and their emotional impact on observers.

Objectives

The main objective of this contest is to educate and raise awareness about albatrosses, their way of life and the threats they face to survive.

The specific objectives are:

  • Highlight the beauty of these magnificent birds and their impressive way of life
  • Reveal the emotions felt by those lucky enough to observe them
  • Give nature photographers a forum in which to express themselves
  • Make known the threats facing these species so as to encourage all to contribute to mitigating those threats

Competition open to:

Everyone who is interested in photography, ornithology, the ocean, the environment, etc.

Contestants from all over the world, without categories or age limits.

Because the platform for the contest is Instagram, contestants will need an Instagram account.

Theme

The theme of the contest is albatrosses, their world, their threats.  While bearing this theme in mind, photographers should feel free to approach this challenge according to their own preferences.

Competition requirements

  • The contestants´ photographs can be taken using an analog or digital camera, cell phone or any visual device.
  • Photographs can be in colour or in black and white.
  • Photos must be original and taken by the participant. The participation of third parties or use of reproductions of work by another photographer is not permitted.
  • The photograph should be accompanied by a description of the moment, the context and especially the emotions felt on seeing the albatross photographed.
  • This textual description will be taken into account by the judges in making their decisions.
  • Because the contest will use the Instagram platform, the photos must be uploaded to an account using the hashtag #wad_photocontest and tag @Worldalbatrossday.
  • The judges will choose the 20 finalist photographs, which will be put to a public vote, through Instagram stories from the "World Albatross Day" account.
  • The winning photographs will be determined by both public vote and the judges.
  • The photographs submitted will be displayed both on the Instagram account of World Albatross Day, and potentially in some medium reporting on the competition.

Deadline

Photographs can be uploaded with the hashtag from 4 June 2020, and photographs will be accepted until 19 June.  The winning photos will be published on the WordAlbatrossDay Instagram account with prior notice to the winners from 25 June.

Judges

  • Pablo Cáceres, Contest Co-ordinator. Chile
  • Verónica López, Chair, ACAP World Albatross Day Intersessional Group, Chile
  • Jim Hurst. Emmy and CAS award-winning sound recordist, cinematographer and producer, USA
  • Rodrigo Moraga, Wildlife & landscape photographer, Chile
  • Michelle Risi. Field Biologist, Gough Island Restoration Programme, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, UK
  • Marco Favero, Principal Investigator, National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET), former ACAP Advisory Committee Chair and Executive Secretary, current Co-convenor,Population and Conservation Status Working Group
  • Tatiana Neves, Projeto Albatroz General Coordinator, Brazil; Vice-Chair, ACAP Advisory Committee
  • Christine Bogle, ACAP Executive Secretary, Australia

 Selection of winners

The judges will select the top 20 photographs.

Those 20 photographs will be put to a vote among the followers of the World Albatross Day account, and the three best voted photographs will be the winners.  1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be decided by the judges.

Awards

Surprise

Announcing the winners

  • The winning photos will be featured on the World Albatross Day Instagram account, and an internal message will be sent to the participants to inform them

 License to use the works

  • The authors will continue to hold rights and authorship of the works. World Albatross Day is only interested in promoting this activity through the contest and the limited use of the works that have been submitted, always maintaining the rights and credits of the photographer.
  • The photographs will not become part of any archive or collection, and will only be used as described above, and with acknowledgement of the author.
  • However, since Instagram is a public platform, the organization will not be responsible for any use that third parties may make of the photographs featured.

Acceptance of these terms and conditions

  • It is understood that presentation of the photographs to the competition implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Verónica López, Chair, ACAP World Albatross Day Intersessional Group, Chile, 11 June 2020

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BASES DEL CONCURSO DE FOTOGRAFÍA. WORLD ALBATROSS DAY: "Albatros, su mundo y sus amenazas"

Descripción: 

El Acuerdo internacional de conservación de albatros y petreles (ACAP) ha lanzado "World Albatross Day" de manera de aumentar la conciencia sobre este grupo de aves y sus amenazas.  Invitamos a participar en el concurso de fotografía que busca mostrar imágenes y emociones que nos regalan las aves voladoras más grandes del mundo.

Fundamentos:

El presente concurso de fotografía se inscribe como una iniciativa de sensibilización y educación que busca dar a conocer la belleza de una familia de aves que enfrenta múltiples amenazas para su sobrevivencia. Se pretende dar a conocer el rol de estas aves en la naturaleza, así como la fuerte carga emocional que desarrollan en quienes las observan.

Objetivos:

El objetivo general del concurso es educar y sensibilizar respecto de los albatros, su estilo de vida y las amenazas que enfrentan para sobrevivir.

Los objetivos específicos son:

- Dar a conocer la belleza de estas magníficas aves y su impresionante modo de vida.

- Dar a conocer las emociones que despiertan en quienes tienen la fortuna de observarlos.

- Generar un espacio para la expresión artística de fotógrafos de naturaleza.

- Dar a conocer las amenazas que enfrenta la subsistencia de estas especies para generar compromiso en la mitigación del impacto que cada uno genera.

Convocatoria:

Se convoca a participar a toda persona interesada, tanto en la fotografía como en la ornitología, el océano, la conservación, la difusión, el medio ambiente, etc.

El concurso es de convocatoria internacional.

No se reconocen categorías en el concurso, ni tampoco hay límites de edad, ni de ningún tipo.

Dado que la plataforma del concurso es Instagram, se hace necesario contar con una cuenta para poder hacer llegar las fotografías.

Temática:

La temática del concurso son los albatros, su mundo y sus amenazas.

Las fotografías podrán abordar la temática de manera libre, sin requisitos ni condiciones previas, sin embargo, es importante recordar que el objetivo del concurso es difundir y sensibilizar respecto de los albatros, su mundo y sus amenazas.

Requerimientos del concurso:

Las fotografías concursantes podrán haber sido sacadas usando una cámara fotográfica análoga o digital, un teléfono celular o cualquier otro dispositivo de registro visual.

Las fotografías podrán ser en color o en Blanco y Negro.

Las fotografías deberán ser originales y obtenidas por el participante. No se podrá participar con fotografías ajenas o con reproducciones de otras fotografías.

Junto a la fotografía se pide una descripción del momento, del contexto y especialmente de las emociones sentidas producto de la contemplación de los albatros. 

El relato de la foto, será considerado por el jurado al momento de hacer sus elecciones.

El concurso se desarrollará en la plataforma Instagram, por lo tanto, las fotografías deberán ser cargadas en una cuenta usando el hashtag #wad_photocontest y el @worldalbatrossday.

El jurado elegirá las 20 fotografías finalistas, las que serán sometidas a votación del público, mediante historias de Instagram de la cuenta "World Albatross Day".

Finalmente las fotografías ganadores serán definidas por votación del público y los jurados.

Las fotografías enviadas serán exhibidas tanto en la cuenta Instagram del World Albatross Day, como también podrán serlo, eventualmente, en algún medio que difunda esta iniciativa.

Plazos:

Las fotografías se pueden cargar con el hashtag a partir del 4 de junio de 2020, y se aceptarán fotografías hasta el día 19 de junio. Las fotografías ganadoras serán publicadas en el Instagram WordAlbatrossDay previo aviso a los ganadores a partir del día 25 de junio .

 Jurado:

El Jurado estará compuesto por:

  • Pablo Cáceres, Contest Co-ordinator. Chile
  • Verónica López, Chair, ACAP World Albatross Day Intersessional Group, Chile
  • Jim Hurst. Emmy and CAS award-winning sound recordist, cinematographer and producer, USA
  • Rodrigo Moraga, Wildlife & landscape photographer, Chile
  • Michelle Risi. Field Biologist, Gough Island Restoration Programme, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, U.K
  • Marco Favero, Principal Investigator, National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET), former ACAP Advisory Committee Chair and Executive Secretary, current Co-convenor,Population and Conservation Status Working Group
  • Tatiana Neves, Projeto Albatroz General Coordinator, Brazil; Vice-Chair, ACAP Advisory Committee
  • Christine Bogle, ACAP Executive Secretary, Australia

Selección de ganadores:

El jurado seleccionará las 20 mejores fotografías.

Esas 20 fotografías serán sometidas a votación entre los seguidores de la cuenta del World Albatross Day, y las 3 fotografías con mejor votación serán las ganadoras. El 1º, 2º y 3º lugar será definido por el jurado.

Premios:

Sorpresa

Comunicación ganadores:

Las fotografías ganadoras serán presentadas en la cuenta de Instagram de World Albatross Day, y se le enviará mensaje interno al participante para informarle y coordinar la entrega de premio.

Licencia de uso de las obras:

Los autores seguirán siendo titulares de derechos y autoría de las obras. World Albatross Day sólo tiene interés en promocionar esta actividad mediante el concurso y el uso acotado de los trabajos que hayan sido enviados, siempre manteniendo los derechos y créditos de los trabajos.

Las fotografías no pasarán a formar parte de ningún archivo o colección, y sólo serán usadas en la mencionada difusión, y con la respectiva mención del autor.

No obstante, siendo Instagram una plataforma pública, la organización no será responsable por el uso que puedan hacer terceras personas de las fotografías expuestas.

Verónica López, Chair, ACAP World Albatross Day Intersessional Group, Chile, 11 June 2020

The Nederlandse Zeevogelgroep (Dutch Seabird Group) endorses World Albatross Day on 19 June

 NZG

The Nederlandse Zeevogelgroep (NZG, Dutch Seabird Group) is the fourth of the world’s seabird groups to endorse this year’s inaugural World Albatross Day on 19 June.  It follows support from the Australasian, Pacific and the United Kingdom’s Seabird Groups

The NZG was founded in 1991 as a branch of the Nederlandse Ornithologische Unie.  The group aims to: “Encourage seabird research by interested parties and professionals together, through the exchange of information, coordination of activities, and organizing meetings.”

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Susanne Kühn, Secretary, Nederlandse Zeevogelgroep in her laboratory

Susanne Kühn, Secretary of the Dutch Seabird Group writes to ACAP Latest News: “Although we live in Holland - a long way from any albatross colony, we strongly endorse any effort to save these iconic birds.  The yearly World Albatross Day is a great platform to let the world know about albatross problems – and solutions!”

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Albatrosses off Stewart Island, New Zealand, 2017, photograph by Susanne Kühn

With thanks to Susanne Kühn, Secretary, Nederlandse Zeevogelgroep and Jan van Franeker.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 10 June 2020

South Africa’s Dyer Island Conservation Trust says World Albatross Day “will highlight these incredible species”

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The Dyer Island Conservation Trust, based in Gansbaai, South Africa and started in 2006, delivers conservation and research programmes to protect the biodiversity of the marine ecosystem surrounding nearby Dyer Island, a provincial nature reserve, with a focus on the now Endangered African Penguin Spheniscus demersus.  Its key projects include an artificial nest project to improve penguin breeding success and a rehabilitation facility for seabirds that opened in 2015 – the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary.

Founder of the Trust, Wilfred Chivell, writes to ACAP Latest News: “We are committed to rebuilding the population of African Penguins on Dyer Island.  We have also had the honour to care for quite a number of albatrosses through the years and we hope they will be part of creating future generations.  The three species we have rehabilitated have been Black-browed Thalassarche melanophris, Indian Yellow-nosed T. carteri and Shy T. cauta Albatrosses.

Wilfred Chivell 

Wilfred Chivell, Chief Executive Officer, Dyer Island Conservation Trust with Black-browed Albatrosses on Steeple Jason in the South Atlantic

Founder of the Trust, Wilfred Chivell, has travelled the globe to see various species of albatross with his favourites he says being the Wandering Diomedea exulans and Campbell T. impavida Albatrosses.  He is fascinated by their migrations and their long life spans, and shares the species seen off the South African shores with like-minded birders, when out on one of the pelagic tours he offers through his company Dyer Island Cruises, sister company to Marine Dynamics. He writes:

“World Albatross Day will help highlight these incredible species and most importantly the threats they face.  I have been most impressed with the efforts to preserve the albatrosses of South Georgia [Islas Georgias del Sur]* and the sub Antarctic islands of New Zealand.  I am also grateful to BirdLife International for its efforts in addressing the impacts of trawlers.”

With thanks to Wilfred Chivell, Chief Executive Officer, Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 10 June 2020

*A dispute exists between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (Islas Georgias del Sur y Islas Sandwich del Sur) and the surrounding maritime areas.

Kauai Humane Society’s Save Our Shearwaters will celebrate World Albatross Day this month

Save our Shearwaters

Save Our Shearwaters is located within the Kauai Humane Society on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i and rehabilitates native Hawaiian birds.

“Initiated by the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources/Division of Forestry and Wildlife in 1979 to respond to the annual grounding of hundreds of light-attracted fledgling shearwaters and petrels.  Since Save Our Shearwaters was created in 1979, volunteers and residents have collected more 35,000 seabirds - 90 percent of which recovered and were released back to the wild.  The majority of the seabirds collected through the program are members of state and federally listed endangered species.  In the past, up to 2,000 Newell’s Shearwaters [Puffinus newelli; globally Critically Endangered] — mostly juveniles — have been picked up during the annual fledgling season through the SOS program.”

 

A Newell’s Shearwater fledgling gets released, photograph by Elizabeth Ames

“Save Our Shearwaters works with the Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Project to put satellite tags on fledgling Newell's Shearwaters during fallout season.  The first batch of Newell's Shearwaters were tagged in 2014.  Since then, we have continued to work together to tag birds from 2016 - 2019.  The data collected helps to reveal where these fledgling Newell's Shearwaters travel when they head out to the ocean for the first time.”

Read more on Save our Shearwater’s contributions to research on Newell’s Shearwaters and on globally Endangered Hawaiian Petrels Pterodroma sandwichensis here.

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Save Our Shearwaters Program Coordinator, Molly Bache

Save Our Shearwaters Program Coordinator, Molly Bache writes to ACAP Latest News: “Save Our Shearwaters is proud to support World Albatross Day.  We are delighted to celebrate these magnificent seabirds and help raise awareness of the difficult future they face.  We rehabilitate Mōlī (Laysan Albatross [Phoebastria immutabilis]) in need and often witness the direct effects of plastic pollution, predation, and habitat loss.  Events like World Albatross Day are important to routinely bring these issues to light and inspire action through species education.”

Save Our Shearwaters joins a number of other environmental NGOs and similar bodies across the Hawaiian Islands in supporting the inaugural World Albatross Day on 19 June.  Mahalo!

With thanks to Molly Bache, Program Coordinator, Save Our Shearwaters, Kauai Humane Society

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 09 June 2020

Conserving albatrosses and other seabirds on Mexican islands

A breeding Laysan Albatross pair on Mexico's Clarion Island, photograph by Ross Wanless

Yuri Albores Barajas (CONACYT, Mexico City, Mexico) and colleagues have published open access in the journal Waterbirds on the conservation of Mexican seabirds, inc luding Black-footed Phoebastria nigripes and Laysan P. immutabilis albatrosses that breed on several of the country’s offshore islands.

The paper’s abstract follows:

“In Northwestern Mexico, approximately 40 breeding species of seabirds have been reported, with several threats (e.g., invasive species introduction and habitat loss) affecting the viability of their populations. As such, it is necessary to take action for their protection. To prioritize conservation activities, 119 reports (governamental [sic] agency monitoring programs, grey literature, and scientific literature) were analyzed for research and monitoring results from 1922-2018 (93 of 119 published after 1990) and ranked the different islands (91 sites, including archipelagos with multiple islands) based on their breeding seabird communities (35 species in 11 seabird families, including 7 endemic breeders). For the ranking exercise, three criteria were considered: conservation category, preferred habitat, and foraging guild for each species. Taking into consideration the breeding species on each island, an index to rank the islands was created. Ten islands or archipelagos have high conservation priority (index score > 10 = high priority; mean index = 4.7, median = 5.0, max = 17.9, n = 91), and the most important are: Revillagigedo and San Benito archipelagos, Coronado, San Lorenzo, and Natividad Islands. It is necessary to use new tools and techniques to determine populations' sizes and trends and to create a baseline to compare with future studies. Furthermore, many of the species breeding or feeding in the Mexican Economic Exclusive Zone migrate to other latitudes, elevating the conservation problem to an international scale.”

Reference:

Albores Barajas, Y., de la Cueva, H., Soldatini, C., Carmona, R., Ayala Pérez, V., Martinez-Gómez, J. & Velarde, E. 2020.  Challenges and priorities for seabird conservation in northwestern Mexico.  Waterbirds 43(1).  doi.org/10.1675/063.043.0101.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 09 June 2020