PHOTOGRAPHERS! WE HAVE A NEW ENTRY SYSTEM:
1. Do you have a Nature's Best user account? Sign up or Log in. You will use this to enter each contest. "My Dashboard" will show up in the top right of the website page to help you manage your account.
2. Then you may enter up to 20 images (per paid entry) to the Ocean Views contest. You will log into your account and your info will be saved for this and all future contests. Use your "Dashboard" tool to quickly access your account home "welcome" page where you can see and manage your contest entries and find links to open contests.
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Awards deadline: March 8, 2016
**Please read all category descriptions carefully as many have changed.**
Prepare your images: Save COPIES of your photos as low-resolution ".jpg" image files no larger than 500KB at 72ppi. The sizes will vary. They should be 1,000-1,800 pixels on the longest side.
First Round of Judging in Progress: Yellowstone Forever, Best Backyards, and Ocean Views contests will be judged through January. Photographers moving into the semi-final round of judging for both contests will be emailed in January and February. We will request the complete story behind the shot, detailed camera or mobile device information, high resolution tiffs and RAW files, with instructions how to send them. Good luck!
JUDGING THE CONTESTS
The Judging Panels for each contest choose images to pass into the semifinal and final rounds of judging. Photographers will be contacted via email and asked to supply their highest-resolution files (Tiffs and RAW files if available), a complete caption, and camera specifications before the final judging. Failure to supply requested materials on time may lead to disqualification. PLEASE NOTE: Information on how to send us your highest resolution and RAW files will be emailed to you if the judges want to see your images for further review.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All photos must accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder. Nothing should be added to an image, and aside from dust spots, nothing should be taken away. Normal processing of RAW image files and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable, as is minimal cropping. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as all manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person, or submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer. Failure to comply with contest rules will lead to disqualification of your entry.
THE JUDGING PROCESS All contest entries are judged on technical quality, composition, originality, and artistic merit. During the preliminary round of judging, obvious negative factors will instantly eliminate an image from the competition: such as the main subject being out of focus, blown-out highlights, poor compositions, or bad exposures. Another way to be removed from consideration is to present images that are just like the ones we have already selected. We want to see fresh images that reflect your talent. When you try to make your photographs unique in some way, you increase your chances of moving to the next round. Once a photograph has entered the second round, it has been judged technically sufficient to merit a closer look at the composition, artistry, and the uniqueness of the image. The second round is also where images that are similar in subject matter compete with one another. During the second round, we look for particularly striking images that stand out. Compositions are well-balanced, all of the elements that are in the image add to it, and nothing detracts. The primary subject is kept away from the edge of the frame. Horizons are level. No artificial light has been added unless it is well-controlled, such as fill flash or bounced natural light that leaves the image looking as it appears in nature. Images that excite our senses and offer new ways of seeing familiar topics quickly rise to the top. Images that pass the review during second round reach the final round. Technically these are all fantastic shots, whether razor sharp or blurred by intention. The compositions are strong and dynamic. The images can stand alone and capture the imagination or emotion of the viewer. At this point, each photograph is capable of being selected as a category winner or highly honored image.
The final round is the most difficult round. With so many images technically and artistically qualified to win, we must finally chose the winners. At this point we examine each original transparency or high-resolution file in great detail, taking into consideration which images seem familiar, and which ones seem new, fresh, or different. Ultimately the judges reach agreement and settle on the finalists. With regret, many excellent images that deserve recognition simply have to be left out due to lack of space in the magazine and in the exhibitions.
Our prizes vary from contest to contest, but if your image is selected it will be published in our high-quality print magazine.You may also receive exposure if you are selected featured in other publications and websites such as: Smithsonian, Ocean Portal, MSNBC, Discovery, Wall Street Journal, Divers Alert Network, Audubon, newspapers, etc. We want to showcase your best shots to help motivate a deeper appreciation of the natural world through the art of photography. —Good luck! The Editors
COPYRIGHT: Photographers own their own copyright and enter Nature's Best Photography Awards competitions of their own free will. As a condition of having a photograph selected as a winning image, photographers agree to a non-exclusive transfer of worldwide rights allowing Nature's Best Publishing, LLC (NBP) the following uses including, but not limited to: publishing the image(s) in upcoming issues of Nature's Best Photography magazine; hanging the image(s) in public exhibitions; and displaying the image(s) on the NBP and other websites; and using the image(s) to promote Nature's Best Photography competitions. Non-exclusive allows the photographer to market the image as they choose. NBP does not restrict future sales of the image, rather NBP enhances opportunities to market the photograph as a Winner in a very prestigious competition. Many photographers have found their sales to increase based in part on their participation in NBP award competitions.
*Nature's Best Publishing LLC is not responsible for damage or loss incurred during shipment to or from our offices. **Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer, landowner, or other persons. Photographs involving willful harassment of wildlife, destruction of habitat or property are unacceptable. ***Failure to comply with contest guidelines will lead to disqualification. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.