Sometimes, the big prize in a photography contest isn’t the money. Sure, getting a big check for your work is always a great endorsement — and it helps pay for all that equipment too — but the promise of publication alone is often reason enough to start sending in your photos.
National Wildlife’s Photography Award offers a top prize worth little more than $2,000. A nice end-of-month bonus but hardly enough to persuade anyone to hand in their day job.
More important though is the fact that the winning entrant is published in National Wildlife magazine. That might not please your bank manager very much but being able to see your photo in print alongside images taken by professionals (who might have spent days sitting in snow holes waiting for a shot of a polar bear) can make you feel like a million dollars.
And taking pictures of wildlife is always rewarding in its own right.
The competition is open to amateurs and professionals, and it’s worth noting that last year’s grand prize winner was an amateur who just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Mammals – Portraits and Behavior
Birds – Portraits and Behavior
Underwater Life – Portraits and Behavior
Other Wildlife – Portraits and Behavior (includes reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders, etc.)
New Life – Baby animals of any species, portraits and behavior
Connecting People and Nature – People enjoying the outdoors in some way
Habitat – Landscapes and plant life from wild areas
Nature’s Power – Extreme weather or its impacts (hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, lightning, floods, etc.) and signs of global warming
Animals photographed must be either in the wild, or in zoos or other wildlife centers (so no pets or domestic animals), and the organizers say they are looking for:
“…striking images of nature, creatures on land and life beneath the water’s surface from anywhere in the world. These images may show animal behavior, portraits of wildlife in natural habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature.”
Entrants can submit up to twenty photographs but there are no entry fees and photographers retain ownership and all rights to their photographs. The closing date is July 1st, 2007.
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