The editors of Nature's Best Photography and Divers Alert Network (DAN) invite all photographers to enter the Ocean Views Photography Awards competition. Through sharing your passion for the ocean, we hope to inspire a global audience to learn about and protect this fragile realm. The winning images will be published in the 2014 Spring editions of Nature's Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines, online editions, and galleries. Contest entries will be judged on technical quality, composition, originality, and artistic merit. Professional photographers, Amateurs, and Youth (under 18) are welcome to enter. You may enter a total of up to 20 images for one entry fee ($25 US no foreign checks or foreign money orders). Each submission MUST follow the guidelines. If an image is selected as a finalist, we will need the high-resolution digital files or original transparencies for the judging during final rounds. Questions? Email: Oceans@naturesbestphotography.com
Uploading photos online
Read through the Entry Guidelines PDF: CLICK HERE
Prepare your images: Save copies of your photographs as low-resolution ".jpg" image files no larger than 500K at 72 ppi -- the size will vary. Set image size to approximately 720 to 1000 pixels on the longest side.
Click on "Upload your photos" and follow the instructions on the form.After entering online: Photographers whose images pass into the next rounds for judging will be required to supply high-resolution files (and RAW files if available), a more complete caption and camera specifications before the final judging. Failure to supply requested materials will 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 (see below).
Or send entries by mail: Follow the directions on the entry form and send your entries postmarked no later than the deadline. Mail your entry to:
NATURE'S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY
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 all of the contest provisions will lead to the disqualification of your entry.
THE JUDGING PROCESSAll 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 winner.
Our prizes vary from contest to contest, but if your image is selected it will be published in our high-quality print magazine and you will receive exposure if you are selected to be featured on websites such as: Smithsonian, Ocean Portal, Wetpixel, MSNBC, Discovery, Wall Street Journal, Divers Alert Network, Audubon, and others.
We want to see your best shots and share them to help motivate a deeper appreciation of the natural world through the art of photography.
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