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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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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Nature Photography Day Photo Contest Winners

On June 15, the world celebrates Nature Photography Day numerous ways. NANPA encouraged people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. Thousands of people tag their nature images #naturephotoday or #nanpapix or #naturephotographyday or #naturephotocontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Each year, many images are submitted for the Nature Photography Day Photo Contest.  NANPA is proud to announce the 2018 winners along with a special thanks to the prize donors: Olympus, Cognisys, B&H, Mindshift Gear, Tamron, and Wimberley.

1st Place – Stu Smith

© Stu Smith – Fox kit checking out the camera lens…

 

2nd Place – Greg Duncan

© Greg Duncan – Milky Way over Stanley Lake, Idaho

 

3rd Place – David Armer

© David Armer – Young elk in velvet with dandelion

 

A special thank you to everyone who celebrated Nature Photography Day on June 15 and all who entered the photo contest. Make plans now to enter one of the most prestigious photo contest in the nature photography community the 2019 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition. Competition opens August 1. Learn more now.

NANPA Weekly Wow – 03.26.18

Black and white image of dust bathing elephant throwing dust over head and over the family herd. © Wendy Kaveney

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2018 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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