Photo Contest Tips from Past Showcase Winners, Part 1

Sunrise photo of a mountain with flowers in the foreground. Penstemon and Paintbrush Tapestry, Mt. St. Helens National Monument, Washington, 2018 Showcase, Judges' Choice, Scapes© Geoffrey Schmid
“Penstemon and Paintbrush Tapestry,” Mt. St. Helens National Monument, Washington, 2018 Showcase, Judges’ Choice, Scapes © Geoffrey Schmid

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

NANPA’s 2022 Showcase photography competition is in full swing, with entries accepted right up until 11 p.m. EDT September 20, 2021. It’s one of NANPA’s most popular offerings. Why? Because you get a chance to see how your work measures up to your peers, have your images seen by potential clients, influence people and causes, and maybe win some of the $6,000 in prize money.

Sounds good, right, but where to start? We asked several nature photographers whose images have placed in the Showcase Top 24 in multiple years what are their secrets. How do they approach Showcase? What do they look for in the images they enter? Here’s what they had to say.

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Weekly Wow! Week of November 9, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Fluke of a Mother Humpback Whale, Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico” © Matthew Meier
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Fluke of a Mother Humpback Whale, Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico” © Matthew Meier

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, November 9, 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 July 27, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Photo collage of solar and lunar eclipses, Tennessee and Virginia” © Joyce Harman
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Photo collage of solar and lunar eclipses, Tennessee and Virginia” © Joyce Harman

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, July 27, 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!

Get ready! The 2021 NANPA Showcase competition begins Saturday, August 1! Enter your best photos between then and September 21 and maybe you’ll be featured in next year’s Weekly Wows. Get all the details on the 2021 NANPA Showcase page.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 15, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Spider Wasp with Spider” © Tom Myers
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Spider Wasp with Spider” © Tom Myers

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 15, 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 April 20, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "A Black Bear Fishes for Salmon” © Jennifer Smith. A black bear fishing in a stream under a waterfall.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “A Black Bear Fishes for Salmon” © Jennifer Smith.

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, April 20, 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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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Matthew Meier

2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Macro/Micro/All Other. “Lemon Shark Sunset Split, Tiger Beach, Bahamas” © Matthew Meier.
2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Macro/Micro/All Other. “Lemon Shark Sunset Split, Tiger Beach, Bahamas” © Matthew Meier.

How I Got the Shot

This photo was created while on a dive trip to Tiger Beach, located NW of Grand Bahama Island. While anchored over the dive site, dozens of Lemon Sharks circled the boat near the surface. To get this shot, I was laying face down on the swim step with my camera housing in the water, trying to balance the exposure for the fleeting sunset with the power of my strobes to illuminate the sharks under the surface.

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 9, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Green lynx spider on echinacea flower, Red Belly Ranch, Smithville, Texas" © Jeff Parker.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Green lynx spider on echinacea flower, Red Belly Ranch, Smithville, Texas” © Jeff Parker.

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, March 2, 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 January 13, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Star Trails Over Mono Lake, Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra California © Alice Cahill.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Star Trails Over Mono Lake, Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra California © Alice Cahill.

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, January 13, 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. Pre-order your copy by January 17 and save $5!

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 21, 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: "Limpkin Territorial Dispute, Myakka River State Park, Florida" © Peter Brannon.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Limpkin Territorial Dispute, Myakka River State Park, Florida” © Peter Brannon.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 21, 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 October 7, 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: "Violet-green Swallows Rest in the Early Dawn Mist, Boulder, Colorado" © Matthew Morrissette.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Violet-green Swallows Rest in the Early Dawn Mist, Boulder, Colorado” © Matthew Morrissette.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 7, 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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