Did you know that most plants depend on animals to move their seeds away from their parents? In tropical forests, up to 90% of plant species are serviced by different animal seed dispersers. From ants to elephants, a wide range of animals transport seeds, sometimes over several kilometres and away from parent plants.

We invite photographers to submit photographs that showcase frugivory and seed dispersal. All you need to do is share images of animals feeding on fruits/seeds. A curated set of photographs will be exhibited at the Frugivores and Seed Dispersal Symposium (FSD 2020), via digital displays.

Why a digital exhibition, you ask? The symposium is a zero-waste event and they are not looking to print anything if they can avoid it. The photographer’s name will be prominently displayed on each image in the digital exhibition. Through this crowdsourced exhibition that celebrates a critical ecosystem service – seed dispersal – the organisers hope to generate a sense of wonder and empathy.

All the selected images will be featured on Nature inFocus social media channels and in a photostory on the website.

 

WHAT IS FSD 2020?

Research on seed dispersal has been carried out at many sites across the world since the 1970s. To discuss findings from these studies, the First International Symposium on Frugivores and Seed dispersal took place in Mexico in 1985. The first edition saw zero representation from Indian researchers/scientists, and it was only from the 4th edition in Brazil that the conference started seeing Indian participants. Since then, interest in frugivores and seed dispersal research has grown as well as the number of projects and publications. The FSD Symposium has been bringing together researchers from across the world every five years for 3 decades now.

In 2020, the FSD conference will be held in Asia for the first time and will be hosted by India. The seventh edition of the Frugivores and Seed Dispersal Symposium will be held between March 2nd – 6th, 2020, within the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, India.

 

HOW TO UPLOAD

Login/Sign up on NiF Hive, upload a photo and select FSD 2020 as the category. Do include a detailed caption explaining your observations. And yes, definitely mention the species and location. If you have already uploaded images that suit this theme in the past, you can edit the image and add FSD 2020 as one of the categories. Please note, only images in that category will be reviewed for the exhibition.

 

REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION

  1. Submissions will be open from December 27, 2019 until January 31, 2020.
  2. The campaign closes at 11:59 PM IST on January 31, 2020.
  3. Submissions can be made only via the NiF Hive section of the Nature inFocus website.
  4. Write to us at info@natureinfocus.in for any queries or issues.
  5. The organiser of the exhibition will be allowed to use the selected images in promotion of the event and for other promotional activities for Nature inFocus, always with attribution to the photographer. For any other use, the organisers will contact the photographers before using the image.
  6. The images can be shot in any part of the world.
  7. Any disputes are subject to Bangalore jurisdiction.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  1. All digital images must be in JPEG format, RGB mode, with a minimum of 1920 pixels (on the longer side) at 100 dpi.
  2. The image size should not exceed 2MB.
  3. Photographs with borders, frames, watermarks or signatures will not be considered for printing.
  4. Basic re-touching (brightness, saturation, sharpening and contrast) of images is acceptable as long as the photograph retains its original form.
  5. Once shortlisted, participants may be contacted to provide higher resolution versions of the photograph. All information regarding post-processing of the image must be shared on request.
  6. Stitching of images is allowed only if the resultant image is a panoramic one.
  7. Each image will have to be accompanied by a relevant title and description.

 

ETHICAL STANDARDS

  1. Entrants must be mindful of the welfare of the animals they are photographing and ensure that no harm, injury or distress is caused to the animal or to the habitat in an attempt to secure the image.
  2. Entrants must not deceive the viewer or attempt to disguise and/ or misrepresent the reality of the natural scene.
  3. Entrants are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any applicable national or international legislation and for securing any relevant permits that may be required in the process of photography.
  4. No images of pets or captive animals will be accepted.
  5. If the organisers suspect that an entry has been achieved through cruel or unethical practices, including the use of live bait, the entry will not be considered.
  6. Caption information supplied during the submission process must be complete, true and accurate.
  7. Any breach of the ethical standards listed here will be considered a breach of the rules.