Getting from No to Yes: Entering Photo Contests

 

 

Fox Family won an award in the National Parks Contest.

“Fox Family” won an award in the National Parks Contest.

 

Story and Photography by Karen Schuenemann

A few years ago, a friend said to me, “You already have NO.”  I asked what he meant.  His response has stuck with me ever since, and has served me well.  If you sit back and don’t put in the effort, you already have NO.   If you don’t try something that you dream about doing, you already have NO.  If you don’t attempt to do anything at all, you already have NO.

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Why Do Photographers Enter NANPA’s Showcase Competition?

Showcase 2017 Judge’s Choice, Mammals. Male Lion Attack on Giraffe. © Michael Cohen

There are as many reasons to enter Showcase 2019 as there are photographers.  For some, winning Best in Show or Judge’s Choice serves as an endorsement of their skill, and can be added to their bio and marketing materials.  To others, recognition by the judges is a validation of their devotion to nature photography, a payoff for the years of effort they put into improving their skills.  And, for still others, selection of their photo is both a personal triumph as well as a challenge; applause for how far they’ve come and a challenge to continue getting better.

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 10, 2018

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

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner. Virgin Falls, Girdwood, Alaska. © Margaret Gaines

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner. Virgin Falls, Girdwood, Alaska. © Margaret Gaines

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 10, 2018.

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 3, 2018

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

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner. Mother leopard and cub tender moment , Botswana

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner. Mother leopard and cub tender moment , Botswana. © Adolfo Rapport

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 3, 2018.

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Top Five Tips for Choosing Winning Images for Photo Contests

NANPA Showcase Competition

2019 NANPA Showcase Competition. Entries due by September 17, 11 PM Eastern.

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 2019 Showcase Photo Competition or, for that matter, any other photo competition?

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Weekly Wow! Week of August 27, 2018

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

Bald eagles , Haines, AK. © Arash Hazeghi

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner. Bald eagles , Haines, AK. © Arash Hazeghi

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 27, 2018.

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Grants and Awards Recognize the Work of Nature Photographers

Photo by Morgan Heim 2017 Philip Hyde Grant winner

“Candlight Grow”
All that glitters is not gold. Each light represents marijuana plants that once grew within this stretch of the High Sierra National Forest in California. A single grow can range from a thousand to tens of thousands of plants. © Morgan Heim 2017 Philip Hyde Grant winner.

If a nature photographer clicks her shutter in the wilderness, and no one else is around to hear it, can it still make an impact? It sure can! The work of professional and aspiring nature photographers can save ecosystems, species and beautiful landmarks. NANPA understands the important work you’re doing.

And better than the sound of one hand clapping, NANPA and the NANPA Foundation have many ways to recognize and support the work, career or budding potential of nature photographers. All during the year, there are opportunities to apply or nominate someone for an award, a grant or other recognition.

Several are running now or about to start. Let’s take a look. One could be tailor made for you!

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