Entering a photo contest can be a great way to gain recognition, from fellow photographers as well as the general public. But there are many other reasons to participate. Entering can juice up your creativity, make you practice new skills, hone in on photographic perfection, and inspire you to go beyond your comfort zone. What are your reasons? A NANPA survey wants to know.
NANPA wants nature photographers’ opinions about photo contests. Why do you enter? What do you expect to get out of participating? Win or lose, how do you like to see the winning photos? (I know I love seeing the top photos, online or in print. They give me so much inspiration and so many ideas for compositions and potential locations for future photo trips.)
Your answers will shape NANPA’s approach to photo contests. The survey’s open to anyone but Friday, December 13th, is the last day. So, take five minutes to answer a few questions and help NANPA understand your thinking about photo contests.
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. In grade school, I used my Dad’s Kodak Brownie and started shooting anything and everything. In middle school, my Graphic Arts teacher taught me black and white processing and printing. This was the beginning of my love for photography.
Betty Sederquist, a resident of northern California, has been publishing her images in magazines, calendars and textbooks since the 1970s. Her first love is nature photography: wildlife and landscapes. Since 1999, she has led photo workshops and trips near and far. A former resident of Alaska, she has returned to the northland with other photographers almost every year since moving from the state in 1979. Another favorite destination is Africa; she has been to Tanzania four times. Other beloved destinations have included Iceland, Ecuador and Bhutan.
Jeff Vanuga is based in Dubois, Wyoming, and specializes in both advertising and editorial media. His work has been published worldwide in magazines and major advertising campaigns. He has won major international awards and leads tours for the largest photography tour company in the world, Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris, and additional tours for National Geographic Expeditions, First Light Workshops, African Wildlife Foundation, Nature’s Best Magazine, Santa Fe Workshops and the Moab Photography Symposium. He is represented by Getty Images and the Nature Picture Library stock agencies.
Jackie Kramer resides in St. Augustine, FL, after living in Alaska for almost 30 years. She has been photographing the natural world, with an emphasis on flowers, since the age of 16. Jackie has earned awards from The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY); from the Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild (Best in Show in 2017 and 2018 and Competitor of the Year in 2017 and 2018), and by the Professional Photographers of America’s International Photographic Competition (Silver Medal in 2018). Jackie maintains an active Facebook group, Phlorography- Artistic Floral Photography, with over 5,000 passionate floral photographers from around the world. She is committed to enriching others through the support and relationships developed and fostered through this network.
In a photo contest, everybody wants their entry to win. So, what can you do to maximize your chances of having one (or more) of your photos chosen for recognition in NANPA’s 2020 Showcase Photo Competition or, for that matter, any other photo competition?
Jim Zablotny is an entomologist living in Fenton, Michigan and provides insect identifications and macro-photography for a government agency. Jim earned an MSc in Zoology and doctorate in Entomology from Michigan State University. While pursuing his college degrees, he also produced scientific and anatomical illustrations for several Zoology department faculty members at MSU. He specializes in macro or close-up photography, but also incorporates the photography of birds and occasional wildlife images in his portfolio.
The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 12, 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 through September 16th. What are you waiting for? Let’s get shooting! Your best shot might be your next one.
William Page Pully is an avid amateur photographer based in Aberdeen, MD and Belmar, NJ. He has been shooting wildlife and nature photography for about 5 years. He mostly shoots in the Mid-Atlantic area but has also traveled to many other states in the US to explore nature and wildlife. He plans to begin selling his work in 2019 and donating the proceeds to nature-based charities.
The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 5, 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.