Thursday, October 30, 2014

World Digiscoping Meet @ Spacecoast Birding Festival - 30 Oct 2014

Huge thanks to Clay Taylor and Swarovski Optik for the following e-mail:

Subject: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FLDate: Wed Oct 29 2014 8:04 am
From: digiscopingbirds AT
Hi all -

Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but please make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from January 20 to 24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida.

Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use. This will be the first time that you can attend a gathering of top digiscopers and finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we see posted online. Anticipated attendees include - Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and Robert Wilson. More names to come.... We hope you can make it!

Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes online.

The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within the SCBWF.

The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees -
Tuesday, 1/20 - afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads Restaurant with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers
Wed., 1/21 - All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition - teams of two shoot pretty pictures all day, anywhere in FL
Thurs., 1/22 - Luncheon and Showcase - all teams show their best images and we vote on winners of categories
Friday 1/23 - digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands and interested people can stop by and talk equipment, technique, etc.
Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping - one for North America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees
Saturday 1/24 - The World Digiscoping Blitz - a 4-hour time block where digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site. Goal = how many species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period?
Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping - one will be Europe, Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife

More details -
The Team Digiscoping Competition -
All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Teams of two digiscopers each will shoot images (still and / or video) everywhere they can in Florida. The categories of competition will be:
(1) Bird,
(2) Non-Bird,
(3) In the Air,
(4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape,
(5) Macro - Close Up & Personal,
(6) Video - Short Clip (one sequence, no editing)
(7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)

Luncheon and Showcase - Each team submits that morning a maximum of 10 images total, no more than two in any one category. After lunch, all teams plus interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the category winners. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners.

The Art of Digiscoping - presentations showcasing our best images. All WDM attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible talk about their images during the program.

The World Digiscoping Blitz -
The Goal - how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?
A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 4pm to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can - birds, mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish! More details to follow.

I hope to see you there!

Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX

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