2009 ESA Eco-Arts Exhibition


***Extension deadline: June 1st 2009 by 5pm EST***

The Eco-Arts Exhibition is the umbrella of three student art festivals (eco-photo, eco-poetry, and eco-film festivals) of the Ecological Society of America. This exhibition is designed to honor outstanding student contributions to ecological science through photography, poetry, and film that describes various aspects of ecology. The exhibition contest will culminate with a two-hour event at the 2009 ESA annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM that will include the award ceremony and the display of the winning art projects. The recipients of the awards will receive free registrations to the 2009 ESA annual meeting (chosen by a judging panel) and/or a monetary prize carried by the ESA Student Section Choice Award. Ultimately, we hope to increase student participation within ESA and to promote the awareness and understanding of ecological science through the arts within the scientific community and the public.

Structure:
The three contests (eco-photo, eco-poetry, and eco-film) will begin with a two and half month-long call for submissions from ESA members who are students (from high school to post-doctoral stage, both included). The contests will begin in January 10th 2008 and the call for submissions will end on June 1st 2009. From June – July, the ESA judging panel will select the best photos, poems, and films. The members of the Student Section will vote for the Student Section’s Choice Award for each art discipline. General requirements for all three festivals:

  • Eligible submitters must be ESA members with student status (from high school to post-doctoral stages, both included), and ESA Student Section members (it is only $5/year. Contact the membership officer (memberships@esa.org) if you are not yet a member of the ESA Student Section.
  • Several ESA student members can collaborate in the same art project, but the registration prize will always be for one person.
  • Submitted art projects missing the required information or not complying with the requirements described here or below in the appropriate festival will be automatically disqualified from the contest.

Judging panel, art project selection and prizes:
A judging panel will be formed for each art discipline contest, composed of 6-12 judges, including active members from several sections within the Ecological Society of America (ESA Student Section, ESA student members, representatives from the ESA standing committees - Science Committee, EHRC, PAC - members of the Education Section, SEEDS members, Millennium conference program committee, etc), as well as specialists in the field of photography, poetry or film, as needed. As judges, no member of the panel will participate in any of the three art contests. The panel will decide the best photos, poems and films. Honorable mentions are possible should the members of the panel decide so. The panel will select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and potential honorable mentions by July 1st, and will communicate the decision to the winners shortly after that, so travel arrangements can be made with enough time to attend the festival. Travel arrangements must be done at own expenses of the winners. The ESA Student Section Choice Awards will be revealed during the award ceremony at the ESA 2009 annual meeting.

The first, second and third place winners of each art discipline will obtain win a full or partial free registration of the 2009 ESA annual meeting (reimbursement of $150, $75, or $25, respectively) together with a commemorative award plaque. Honorable mentions are possible if the quality of the finalist projects are worth such a distinction. Prize for honorable mentions is TBA, and will depend on their quality.

Officers of the Student Section not taking part of the judging panels will choose the best art projects in each contest, which will be presented to the members of the Student Section. Student Section members will then be able to vote for their favorite eco-photo, eco-poem and eco-film and the chosen art projects will be awarded the ESA Student Section’s Choice Award: $100 ea.

The awards, as well as the winning art projects will be displayed at the ESA annual meeting 2009 in Albuquerque, NM, and later on in the ESA Student Section website.

General contact info:
General aspects of the Eco-Art Exhibit: Rob Salguero-Gomez – salguero@sas.upenn.edu
Award ceremony:Jenny Talbot – jtalbot@uci.edu
General aspects of the ESA Student Section: Matthew Whiteside (chair) – mwhitesi@uci.edu, Johanna Delgado-Acevedo (secretary) – johannadelgado@yahoo.com



ECO-PHOTO FESTIVAL DESCRIPTION:

Specific information/requirements:

  • The photos will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
    1. Narrative description
    2. Scientific contribution to ecology
    3. Educational value
    4. Artistic value
    5. Camera management
    6. Film editing
  • Compositions and collages as well as regular photo submissions will be accepted.
  • Digital Images: JPEG or TIFF format, of up to 4 MB and with high enough resolution to be displayed on 8x10’’ prints.
  • All photograph files should be labeled with the students first and last name. Example: John Smith.tiff
  • The same student may submit no more than one photo.
  • Submitted photos must have ecological value, and all scales (landscape, flora, fauna, microbes, human impacts, etc) will compete together for the same award.
  • The best photos will be displayed and the winning and honorable mention photos will be displayed at the award ceremony of the ESA annual meeting 2009 in Albuquerque. These photos may be used for commercial purposes at the booth of the ESA Student Section during the annual meeting. The profits will fund the eco-art exhibit in future years.
  • The Student Eco-Photo Festival 2009 submission form (downloadable here) must be sent via email to ecophotofestival@gmail.com.

Contact info:
Student Eco-Photo Contest director: *Karen Alofs – kmalofs@mail.utexas.edu
Student Eco-Photo Contest co-director: * Hayley Gillespie – hayleygillespie@mail.utexas.edu
Student Eco-Photo Contest co-director: Rob Salguero-Gomez – salguero@sas.upenn.edu

* Unavailable to reply inquires via email until the end of February.



ECO-POETRY FESTIVAL DESCRIPTION:

Specific information/requirements:

  • The poems will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
    1. Narrative description
    2. Scientific contribution to ecology
    3. Educational value
    4. Artistic value
  • Poems may be of any length, within reason (A haiku is fine; a 50-page epic is not).
  • All submitted poems must have titles. If you do not have one, or if a title is used by more than one person, the first line of the poem will be the title.
  • No limits to number of poem submissions.
  • All submitted poems must have ecological/nature values, and all formats will compete together for the same award.
  • The best poems will be displayed and the winning and honorable mention poems will be read by the authors at the award ceremony of the ESA annual meeting 2009 in Albuquerque.
  • The Student Eco-Poetry Festival 2009 submission form (downloadable here) must be sent via email to Ms Jane Shevtsov (jane.eco@gmail.com).

Contact info:
Student Eco-Poetry Contest director: Jane Shevtsov - jane.eco@gmail.com



ECO-FILM FESTIVAL DESCRIPTION:

Specific information/requirements:

  • The films will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
    1. Narrative description
    2. Scientific contribution to ecology
    3. Educational value
    4. Artistic value
    5. Camera management
    6. Film editing
    7. Soundtrack (may be original or not)
  • Fiction, non-fiction, documentary, and fantasy film submissions will be accepted.
  • Submissions must not be shorter than 5, nor longer than 7 minutes in length. No exceptions.
  • No limits to number of film submissions.
  • Submitted films must have ecological value, and all materials will compete together for the same award, regardless of the specific theme. Films cannot be made using cell-phone cameras, and the video quality must be high enough for clear visualization on a 5x5 m2 screen with a regular projector.
  • Films must be uploaded on youtube (see the Student Eco-Film Contest submission form, downloadable here, for more details).
  • The SEAs’09 submission form must be sent via email to Mr Joey Petit (jpettit2@indstate.edu).

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Special – Interested in Water-Ecosystem Services, Drought, and Environmental Justice? Well, ESA will provide a paid student registration with travel and housing to this years Millennium conference in Athens, GA, Nov 9-12, 2009 (for the winner of the video dealing with the theme). For more information go to http://www.esa.org/millenniumconf/
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Contact info:
Student Eco-film Contest director: Joey Pettit – jpettit2@indstate.edu