The mission of the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest (CBWPC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is to create an atmosphere of cooperation among businesses, private landowners, and wildlife photographers, where all participants benefit while promoting the conservation and protection of wildlife and habitat. This unique collaboration promotes awareness of the need for conservation and protection of the wildlife and habitat in the newly expanded twenty-one counties surrounding Corpus Christi, Texas. Funding is made possible by individuals, foundations, and businesses that want to preserve the beauty of their community through sponsorships.
Landowners and Photographers compete as teams and share equally in the significant prize money. Additionally, they promote wildlife conservation while participating in the most challenging wildlife photo contest in the world.
Businesses benefit through advertising sponsorships that offer years of positive exposure.
Wildlife prospers as private landowners play a crucial role in the conservation of wildlife by providing diverse and well-managed habitat.
The community becomes more educated about the unique and beautiful wildlife in our region. Winning photographs are showcased in books, magazines, and our traveling Benefactorís Photo Exhibit displayed in sponsorís businesses, museums, art centers, and special events.
The Wildlife Photo Contest supports four programs:
The Wildlife Photo Contest - Landowners partner with photographers to capture photographs of wildlife and habitat. Landowners and photographers share equally in the winnings. The resulting images provide appreciation of wildlife and its habitat, as well as public awareness of the importance of conservation. The biennial contests are open to landowners in the 16-county Coastal Bend. The photo contest provides landowners a glimpse into the economic and conservation rewards of nature photography, while showing them how this effort can prevent fragmentation of their land.
Wildlife in Focus books - Each book showcases winning images from the most recent photo contests. The books capture an intimate and artistic view of wildlife as seen through the eyes of photographers, allowing us to see beyond the ranch gates of Texas where our precious wildlife coexist in a habitat with humans. These world class photography books feature birds, mammals, insects, arachnids, reptiles, and amphibians, along with stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Traveling Benefactors Photo Exhibit - The traveling exhibit showcases winning images from the most recent photo contest. Throughout the 16 counties of the Coastal Bend, the exhibit has visited more than 100 libraries, museums, banks, schools, art centers, airports and festivals. In addition to these exhibits, we have an impressive permanent display at the Corpus Christi International Airport. Have you seen it?
Kritters 4 Kids - The elementary and middle school Kritters 4 Kids Environmental Education Program brings the vastness and variety of wildlife into the classroom. Wildlife in Focus books are combined with fun and educational curriculum guides that introduce students to native habitat and conservation. The Kritters 4 Kids program includes a set of 30 Wildlife in Focus books, Kritter Kards and curriculum guides to participating elementary and middle school classrooms. The guides, which are developed by teachers for teachers, meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guidelines.
Board of Directors
- Bruce Hoffman, President
- Michelle Orcutt, Secretary
- Sally Crofutt, Treasurer
- Linda Price-May
- Daniel Startz
- Charlie Spiekerman
- Becky Johnson
- David Sikes
- Marsha Robertson
- Larry Jones
- Gus Cargile