The editors of NATURE’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY magazine invite all photographers to enter the 2014 WINDLAND SMITH RICE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS competition. The category Winners and a selection of Highly Honored photographs will be displayed in the annual Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, one of the most widely respected and highly visited museums in the world. Finalists will be published in the 2014 Fall/Winter Special Collector’s Edition of NBP magazine.
Start an entry page now to be judged first! You will have until the deadline to complete your uploads. For each entry fee of $25 US dollars (no foreign checks), you may enter a total of 20 images. You may start as many entry pages as you like for $25 each. Entries are judged on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit. Follow the guidelines, rules, and categories listed on the Entry Guidelines PDF. Questions? Email: Awards@naturesbestphotography.com
Uploading photos online
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, it could be approximately 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:
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 PROCESS
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 and you will receive exposure if you are selected to be featured on websites such as: Smithsonian, Ocean Portal, 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. Good luck! The Editors
*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 person. Photographs involving willful harassment of wildlife, destruction of habitat or property are unacceptable.
***Failure to comply with contest guidelines will lead to disqualification.