Selva Negra Bird Photo Contest

I am Don Sloth, son-in-law of the owners of Selva Negra Eco Lodge and Coffee Estate. I wanted to let everyone at Nica Living know about a contest that we are doing. At Selva Negra we have a rather extensive list of birds that have been seen and identified on the property, but we would like to increase the number of pictures of those birds that we can share with all of our guests. So we thought what better way than to have a contest. We are lucky enough to have expert birding guests that not only stay with us but also have added to our list throughout the years. We would like to increase the number of pictures that we have of the birds at the resort so that guests that are not experts can better identify the birds that they see while hiking the estate. Here is the pertinent information about the contest.

The Selva Negra Mountain Resort, located in the department of Matagalpa, invites Nicaraguans and foreigners to participate in a bird photography contest. The goal is to capture each of the 200 bird species that live on the area. The winner will get a two-night stay double occupancy in a one-bedroom bungalow with breakfast included.

Contest Rules

  1. We accept .jpg files only. Please submit images in as high a resolution as possible. Submit entries to:
  2. For each photo you must submit:
    • Your name
    • Daytime telephone number
    • E-mail address where you would like to be contacted
    • Name of bird photographed
    • A few details about the photo... where and when you took it, a humorous or unusual story behind the photo
    • Describe the location as (near the restaurant lake, while on the Cody trail, at the coffee plantation, etc...)

Images will be judged in four categories:

  • Overall Bird in its habitat
  • Bird Behavior
  • Group shot (2 or more birds)
  • People enjoying birds.

All entries become property of Selva Negra Eco Lodge and Coffee Estate. We reserve the right to modify, reproduce and distribute the material in any medium and in any manner or appropriate place. The entries of all printable photos will be published in the Selva Negra Bird Book.

The Deadline for the contest is July 30th 2010. Winners will be announce August 15th 2010.

Now for the important stuff, the prizes.

Grand Prize is a Two-night stay double occupancy in a one-bedroom bungalow with breakfast included.

Four finalist prizes of a Sunday Buffet for two will be awarded.

International contributors with winning photographs will receive Selva Negra Estate Coffee in the mail along with a copy of the bird guide, with their photo included.

All information above can also be found on our website at

I have been reading NicaLiving for a year or two and I really enjoy this website. As an American that spends a fair amount of time in Nicaragua this site helps me stay connected to Nicaragua when I have to be here in the US. This is only my second post so bear that in mind while you read this.