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Shutterbug’s Nature Photo Contest
Nature photography has long captured the hearts and minds of amateur and professional photographers dedicated to capturing images of the great outdoors. Whether your passion is wildlife, landscape, or macro photography, we’d love to see examples of your best work.

Upload your best nature images here and have a chance to win a Tamron 150-600 mm lens valued at $1069.

Click Here First For Complete Rules

672 16 Wed Jul 29, 2015 11pm by treerose Thu Jul 30, 2015 10pm by nikhildubey1993
Picture This: Sports & Action

Shooting sports and action can really put your gear and your timing to the test. But there’s more to a great action shot than simply capturing the moment and making sure it’s in focus. For this assignment, we want to see sports and action images that have great composition, effective use of backgrounds and scenery, and powerful human emotion.

Deadline: August 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the November 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

106 4 Thu Jul 16, 2015 1pm by whiteacre Thu Jul 30, 2015 9pm by fgoroszko
Shutterbug Photo of the Day

We’re launching a new Photo of the Day feature on Shutterbug.com where we spotlight our favorite images from readers.

Post your very best images in this gallery to be considered for Shutterbug Photo of the Day.

NOTE: Please include your real name and some background on the image (how and where it was shot; the story behind the image; gear and settings used etc.) in the description field to qualify for Shutterbug Photo of the Day.

1697 101 Fri Jul 24, 2015 8pm by hhjphoto Thu Jul 30, 2015 9pm by treerose
Picture This: Great Lighting

For this assignment, show us images that have great lighting. In terms of the light source, we’re not picky: it could be a completely naturally lit scene or something that was shot in the studio with 100% artificial light. Subject matter is also completely up to you. What we want to see are photos with beautiful light, which is really what photography is all about.

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the September 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

271 5 Sat May 30, 2015 7am by calhound11 Tue Jul 21, 2015 5pm by KenHuskey
Picture This: The Power of Black & White

Despite all the advancements in digital imaging, classic black-and-white photography never goes out of style. But just because a photo has been shot or converted to monochrome, doesn’t make it good. The choice to go black-and-white must have some meaningful relationship to the subject matter or scene to be effective. For this assignment, post your best black-and-white photos that use the dramatic impact of monochrome in a powerful way.

Deadline: July 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the October 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

339 8 Thu Jul 16, 2015 4pm by treerose Thu Jul 30, 2015 9am by jennifermaggio
Picture This: Gorgeous Landscapes

This assignment is deceptively simple: show us your best landscape photos. Yes, many of our readers have posted some amazing landscapes in our image galleries on Shutterbug.com over the years but the challenge is to show us something that is both beautiful and original. Go!

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the August 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

325 14 Mon Jul 6, 2015 1pm by garyedownes Wed Jul 29, 2015 2pm by leilam
Picture This: Wildlife and Nature

Take some time sorting through your wildlife and nature images to pick out something truly special for this gallery. Not only are we looking for the subjects to be in focus, we’d like to see wildlife and nature photos that offer a fresh and interesting perspective or tell some sort of a story. This should be a very competitive assignment, so give us wildlife and nature images that truly stand out.

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the July 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

499 15 Wed Jul 15, 2015 12pm by william lowery Thu Jul 30, 2015 6am by riksnake
Picture This: Fine Art Photography

Fine Art photography can include landscapes, cityscapes, macros, wide-angles, long exposures, abstracts, portraits, nudes, semi-nudes, black-and-whites, color photos, surreal photos, hyper real photos, nature photos and on and on and on. What we’re looking for are simply beautiful or striking images that show your vision as a photographer. Give us personal images you think are good enough to be hung on the wall of a gallery or museum.

Deadline: March 1, 2015

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

419 16 Tue Jul 28, 2015 7pm by kriskist Fri Jun 26, 2015 7pm by PhotosByAsantos
Picture This: Low-Light Noir

Post dark and moody images that recall classic "film noir" movies. We're looking for gritty, high contrast images, preferably in black and white, captured in low light conditions. Color photos are fine too but make them shadowy and mysterious: think Edward Hopper, not Walt Disney. Film grain effects or even digital noise are encouraged, just as long as it suits the subject.

Deadline: February 1, 2015

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

308 14 Mon Feb 16, 2015 5pm by Lorenzo Cassina Tue Jul 21, 2015 4pm by Black Kat Images
Picture This: Winter Wonder

Post images that think outside the box about winter photography. While photos of snowmen and sledding are nice, we’d like to see images from you that capture the true splendor of winter’s power and beauty, not just a seasonal cliché. Give us winter with a sense of wonder.

Deadline: January 1, 2015

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

364 18 Wed Feb 18, 2015 7am by cnorthme Mon Jun 8, 2015 3am by winnie
Picture This: The Decisive Moment

Post images that exemplify what French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson called "the decisive moment," i.e. real-life subject matter that's captured neither too early, nor too late, but at the peak of emotion and expression.

Deadline: December 15, 2014

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

319 12 Mon Dec 15, 2014 4pm by cljohnson4 Sun Jul 26, 2015 2pm by Susan Taylor Photography
Picture This: Rich and Color-Full

Send us images with "those nice bright colors..."
Deadline June 15

712 31 Sat Oct 25, 2014 9pm by Susan Taylor Photography Mon Jul 27, 2015 12am by rknubben
Picture This: Echoing Forms

Reinforcing the main subject--content or shadow. Deadline July 15.

304 32 Tue Nov 11, 2014 5pm by Lorenzo Cassina Wed Jul 29, 2015 1pm by jennifermaggio
Picture This: Panorama
In-camera or stitched: Deadline August 15

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

365 16 Tue Sep 16, 2014 6am by mshaley1224 Tue Jul 28, 2015 1am by thinhdnt
Picture This: Red!
Send us images screaming Red, Red, Red! Deadline September 15

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

632 41 Fri Jan 16, 2015 8pm by Lorenzo Cassina Wed Jul 8, 2015 3am by gmarinakis
Picture This: Backlight
Send us images where backlight or strong directional light dances with the subject. Deadline October 2014.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

392 16 Wed Dec 31, 2014 10am by Lorenzo Cassina Thu Jul 23, 2015 5pm by ARTRIMPHOTO
Picture This: Bokeh, Shallow Depth of Field
Post striking images that have a “bokeh" (blurred background) effect with a very shallow depth of field. Deadline November 15 2014.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

451 30 Tue Mar 3, 2015 9pm by SherryChristensen Tue Jun 23, 2015 2am by ClickSnapShot
General

Photos not sorted into any of the categories below.

23987 1672 Wed Apr 29, 2015 11pm by Herbert Seiffert Tue Jul 28, 2015 1am by thinhdnt
Flash & Strobe

Fill flash, studio & on location

176 108 Sat Oct 4, 2014 4pm by ProfEngineer Sun Oct 26, 2014 6pm by ShutterDave
Wide & Super Wide

Maximizing depth of field; the super wide view

227 94 Thu Jul 24, 2014 7pm by photog1968 Wed Jul 29, 2015 5pm by hakim hasnul
Digital Doings

Using plug-ins, special effects & composites

808 450 Thu Nov 13, 2014 5pm by libbysr Thu Jun 18, 2015 10pm by ballottasphotophy
Depth of Field

Shallow & deep

540 189 Tue Oct 8, 2013 6am by daguerrson Sun Jul 26, 2015 12pm by Katie
Travel & Location

On the road, with camera

1536 196 Thu Jun 4, 2015 6pm by james.seeds Tue Jul 28, 2015 1am by thinhdnt
Monochrome

Black and white, toned or neutral

1661 368 Wed Jul 2, 2014 12am by Barrett Mon Jul 27, 2015 1pm by Yaroslav
US National Parks

Images from our nation's wonderlands

366 66 Mon Oct 21, 2013 4pm by Lorenzo Cassina Tue Jul 28, 2015 1pm by graphitesubaru
Outdoor & Nature

Scenics, Locations

4416 885 Thu Jul 16, 2015 6pm by treerose Mon Jul 27, 2015 12am by rknubben
Macro Photography

Closeups

1663 505 Wed Jun 24, 2015 1pm by Liz Howerton Wed Jul 8, 2015 10am by Liz Howerton
Shutter Speed Effects

Fast & slow, take your pick

434 161 Mon Dec 15, 2014 4am by lucky Sun May 24, 2015 3pm by FIELDS OF LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
Portraits

Candid and formal, natural and artificial light

1773 209 Tue Mar 10, 2015 6am by Lorenzo Cassina Sun Jul 19, 2015 4am by Augusto De Luca
HIGH ISO Image Gallery

Images made at ISO 1600 and above

102 11 Sun May 10, 2015 9am by lookugly2 Wed Jul 15, 2015 1pm by Saldo1981
Nikon D3000 Images and User Group

Post photos, compare notes

69 14 Mon Oct 20, 2014 10am by Dracula Thu Mar 5, 2015 9pm by Saber Photography
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