Photo Contest Tips from Past Showcase Winners, Part 2

“Silverback Mountain Gorilla Portrait," Bwindi National Park, Uganda, Showcase 2021 Judges’ Choice, Mammals © Hector D. Astorga.
“Silverback Mountain Gorilla Portrait,” Bwindi National Park, Uganda, Showcase 2021 Judges’ Choice, Mammals © Hector D. Astorga.

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

Many NANPA members look forward each year to the Showcase photography competition. NANPA’s 2022 Showcase competition is open now, with entries accepted until 11 p.m. EDT, September 20, 2021. That’s tonight, if you’re thinking of entering, now’s the time to get busy! You can find all the rules, information, entry forms, and more on the website. But, we also asked some photographers who have received multiple Showcase awards to share some of their best tips for photo contests (see part one here).

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Showcase 2021 Winner: Hector D. Astorga

“Silverback Mountain Gorilla Portrait," Bwindi National Park, Uganda, Showcase 2021 Judges’ Choice, Mammals © Hector D. Astorga.
“Pensive Silverback,” Mountain Gorilla Portrait, Bwindi National Park, Uganda, Showcase 2021 Judges’ Choice, Mammals © Hector D. Astorga.

Artist’s statement

I created this image on one of my trips to Bwindi National Park in Uganda. On this day the dominant silverback sat by himself in the dark canopy of the cloud forest.  The reason I  love to photograph mountain gorillas is the fact they are so similar to us humans.  The looks that I got from him this day reminded me of a shy, pensive person.  I wondered what was crossing his mind as he saw me photographing him.   Do they think like us? Or is he just an innocent being wondering who this intruder to his world is?  I believe the mystery of what is going through his mind tells his story.

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 14, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Tiny but Mighty Cheetah Cub, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya” © Anita Ross
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Tiny but Mighty Cheetah Cub, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya” © Anita Ross

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 14, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

The 2021 NANPA Showcase competition is open! Enter your best photos between now and September 21st and maybe you’ll be featured in next year’s Weekly Wows or, better yet, win a prize! Get all the details on the 2021 NANPA Showcase page.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 8, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Green and Black Poison Dart Frog” © Hector Astorga
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Green and Black Poison Dart Frog” © Hector Astorga

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, June 8, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Weekly Wow! Week of February 24, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Spherical Moeraki Boulders Are Otherworldly in the Early Light, Koekohe Beach, New Zealand South Island" © Ian Frazier.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Spherical Moeraki Boulders Are Otherworldly in the Early Light, Koekohe Beach, New Zealand South Island” © Ian Frazier.

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, February 24, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 30, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: " Burchell's Zebras Horsing Around, Etosha National Park, Namibia " © Karen Hunt.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: ” Burchell’s Zebras Horsing Around, Etosha National Park, Namibia ” © Karen Hunt.

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, December 30, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 23, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Eruption at Fuego Volcano, Volcan de Fuego, Guatemala" © Hector Astorga.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Eruption at Fuego Volcano, Volcan de Fuego, Guatemala” © Hector Astorga.

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, December 23, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 23, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Warthog Chase, Etosha National Park, Namibia” © Patrick Pevey.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 23, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 9, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Malagasy Child Playing the Avenue of the Baobabs," Morondava, Madagascar © Victor Nemeth.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Malagasy Child Playing the Avenue of the Baobabs,” Morondava, Madagascar © Victor Nemeth.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 9, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase began August 1st  and runs until through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 17, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Peregrine Falcon With Its Prey Perched Cliffside," Alpine, New Jersey, © Scott Dere.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Peregrine Falcon With Its Prey Perched Cliffside,” Alpine, New Jersey, © Scott Dere.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, June 17, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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