CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Backyards, Oceans, and Audubon winners have been notified and will appear in the 2015 Spring/Summer Nature's Best Photography. The Windland Awards winners will be notified beginning in June and will be featured in the 2015 Fall/Winter Special 20th Anniversary Edition of NBP. Questions: Amanda@naturesbestphotography.com
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 winner.
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.
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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.