ECF –“Herps through the lens” Nature Photography Competition

Details and terms of the competition


Despite its small size, Hong Kong is a city with rich biodiversity, including endemic species of herpetofauna. People’s fear and misconceptions towards herpetofauna often lead to negligence of the important ecological roles of these animals. Meanwhile, the distance among cities, rural areas and nature has been shortened, resulting in an increase of conflicts between people and herpetofauna. However, herpetofauna are indispensable to us and nature. With support from Environment and Conservation Fund and Environmental Campaign Committee, Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation will organize “Herps through the lens” Nature Photography Competition from Dec 2017 to June 2018. Let us look through the camera lens to rediscover and appreciate the beauty of our neighbors in the wild.


This competition aims to encourage people to appreciate the ecology and beauty of herpetofauna in the wild through nature photography, and to raise public awareness on conservation of nature and herpetofauna.


Appreciate local herpetofauna of the wild through different perspectives

  1. Herpetofauna in the wild – natural habitats and physical characteristics
  2. Ecological roles of herpetofauna – relationship between herpetofauna and other species/ other individual of the same species/ the environment
  3. Urban ecology of herpetofauna – mutual influences between human and herpetofauna


  1. Student Group: holders of valid full-time secondary school student cards
  2. Open Group: holders of Hong Kong Permanent Identity Cards
  3. All entries must be taken in Hong Kong
  4. All entries must be wild amphibians and reptiles

Groups and awards

The competition will be divided into two categories – Student Group and Open Group. Each group has one champion, 1st runner up and 2nd runner up.

Student Group

  1. Champion: Book voucher and outdoor gift voucher ($2100), Certificate
  2. 1st runner-up: Book voucher and outdoor gift voucher ($1300), Certificate
  3. 2nd runner-up: Book voucher and outdoor gift voucher ($700), Certificate

Open Group

  1. Champion: Book voucher and outdoor gift voucher ($2800), Certificate
  2. 1st runner-up: Book voucher and outdoor gift voucher ($1800), Certificate
  3. 2nd runner-up: Book voucher and outdoor gift voucher ($1100), Certificate

# Each winner will be given a set of 10 postcards produced from their winning entry

# Top 30 photo entries (including the above winning entries) will be chosen and displayed in the coming Herpetofauna Conservation Festival

Judging method

Champion, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up of two categories will be chosen by the judges.


  1. Dr. Billy HAU Chi Hang (Principal Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, HKU)
  2. Dr. SUNG Yik Hei (Herpetologist and lecturer of HKBU)
  3. Mr. Ray SO Lok Hin (Founder of Hong Kong Night Life, author of book on Hong Kong herpetofauna)
  4. Mr. Bond SHUM Ting Wing (Tutor of Eco Institute, environmental educator)
  5. Mr. Sam YUE (Nature photographer, PhD candidate in ecology at HKU)
  6. Mr. ANTHONY YEUNG Ka Man (Founder of HKHerp)

Judging Criteria

  1. Relevance and linkage to the theme – 30%
  2. Expression of theme and message – 30%
  3. Shooting technique and composition – 40%

Requirements on format of entries

  1. All entries must be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format (EXIF should be included) (*RAW file is not required at this moment).
  2. All entries should be of 8 million pixels or above.
  3. All entries must have a file size of at least 2 MB.
  4. All entries must be named according to the following format: “Participating Group_Full name of participant_number of entry”
    (e.g. Chan Tai Man participates in Student Group. His second entry should be named as “Student Group_Chan Tai Man_2”).

Submission of entries

  1. Each participant can participate in all themes with a maximum of 3 entries in total.
  2. Participant must download and submit the completed entry form and photo entries by email to
  3. The email subject should be specified as Herps through the lens Nature Photography Competition 2018-full name of participant”.
  4. An acknowledge email will be sent to participant who has successfully submitted their entries.
  5. The organizer encourages participants to identify species in their entries.

Deadline for submission

30 June 2018

Code of conduct for nature photography

  1. Bad photography practices (e.g. baiting, capture, keeping as pets, frightening) are strictly forbidden.
  2. Stop shooting immediately when the animal behaves abnormally.
  3. Do not disturb or damage the natural environment and wildlife.
  4. Use flash sparingly and reduce the use of strong light when shooting.
  5. Keep quiet and keep a suitable distance from wildlife.
  6. Avoid any disturbance to other visitors.
  7. Avoid disclosing sensitive location publicly or sharing with other people

Rules and regulations

  1. Each participant should participate in ONE group only (Student Group or Open Group).
  2. Participants must abide by relevant regulations and ordinances, including Wild Animals Protection Ordinance and Country Parks Ordinance.
  3. Participants must abide by the “Code of conduct for nature photography” above. Participant should not disturb or damage the natural environment and wildlife. Participant who is found to have any bad photography practices (e.g. baiting, capture, keeping as pets, frightening) will be disqualified.
  4. The entries should not contain any indecent or violent content.
  5. There is no restriction on brand or model of the equipment used for shooting.
  6. All entries must be the participant’s original work. The participant has copyright ownership of the photos and should bear full responsibility under the Copyright Ordinance.
  7. All entries should not be sold, distributed, published (including online publication), or taken part in other photography competition previously.
  8. Photo-cropping, adjustments of contrast, brightness and colour are acceptable. Any entry with adjustment beyond the above mentioned items will not be accepted. The organizer and judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry which is believed to be adjusted beyond the reasonable standard and may have affected the authenticity.
  9. All entries must not contain any signature, stamp or symbol.
  10. All entries received will not be returned to participants.
  11. The organizer may require participants to submit RAW file of shortlisted entries.  
  12. The organizer will be given the permanent right to use the entries. This includes but not limits to using, modifying, exhibiting, publishing and distributing the entries in any events without any payment for and consent from participants.
  13. All members and immediate relatives of the organizer and judges are not allowed to participate in the competition.  
  14. All information of the participants will be kept strictly confidential. Personal information will be used only for confirming participants’ identity, contact or other related announcements.
  15. The organizer reserves the right to disqualify any participant or entry who/which does not observe the rules and regulations of this competition.
  16. The result of the competition will be based on the final decision made by the organizer and judges. There is no appeal mechanism for the competition.
  17. The organizer reserves the right of modification, interpretation of rules and final decision of the competition.  

Announcement of results and award presentation ceremony

Results of the competition will be announced before early August on the Facebook page of Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation. Winners will be informed individually and will be invited to the award presentation ceremony, which will be held during the Herpetofauna Conservation Festival. Champion of each group will be invited to introduce the winning entries and to share their experience on photography.


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*Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material/event do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Campaign Committee.