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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

33 1 Thu Jul 2, 2015 8pm by Chewbacca802 Sun Jul 5, 2015 3pm by davidk331
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.

1556 99 Thu Jun 18, 2015 11am by kriskist Sun Jul 5, 2015 8pm by mjamestaylor
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.

264 5 Sat May 30, 2015 7am by calhound11 Tue Jun 23, 2015 5pm by treerose
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.

326 7 Sun Jun 14, 2015 3pm by Lorenzo Cassina Fri Jul 3, 2015 5pm by k7kjack
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.

311 13 Mon May 4, 2015 12pm by gabrialsun Wed Jul 1, 2015 10am by pattiv
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.

478 16 Sun Jun 14, 2015 3pm by Lorenzo Cassina Sat Jul 4, 2015 12pm by RMCROC
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 15 Sun May 31, 2015 3pm by Lorenzo Cassina 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.

307 14 Mon Feb 16, 2015 5pm by Lorenzo Cassina Wed Jun 10, 2015 2am by D Shawchek
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.

315 12 Mon Dec 15, 2014 4pm by cljohnson4 Thu Jul 2, 2015 5pm by Ret624
Picture This: Rich and Color-Full

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

706 31 Sat Oct 25, 2014 9pm by Susan Taylor Photography Wed Jun 24, 2015 11pm by Christoph Oberschneider
Picture This: Echoing Forms

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

301 32 Tue Nov 11, 2014 5pm by Lorenzo Cassina Fri Jun 19, 2015 7pm by gneiss19
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.

362 16 Tue Sep 16, 2014 6am by mshaley1224 Wed Jun 24, 2015 9pm by mastersja
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.

630 41 Fri Jan 16, 2015 8pm by Lorenzo Cassina Wed Jun 24, 2015 5pm by Andreea8
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.

391 16 Wed Dec 31, 2014 10am by Lorenzo Cassina Wed Jun 24, 2015 9pm by mastersja
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.

23969 1672 Wed Apr 29, 2015 11pm by Herbert Seiffert Mon Jun 29, 2015 4am by John Torcasio
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

226 94 Thu Jul 24, 2014 7pm by photog1968 Fri Apr 3, 2015 5pm by DrewX10
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

539 189 Tue Oct 8, 2013 6am by daguerrson Wed Apr 29, 2015 12pm by joeboxes
Travel & Location

On the road, with camera

1529 196 Thu Jun 4, 2015 6pm by james.seeds Thu Jul 2, 2015 6am by Christoph Oberschneider
Monochrome

Black and white, toned or neutral

1642 368 Wed Jul 2, 2014 12am by Barrett Sun Jul 5, 2015 4pm by mastersja
US National Parks

Images from our nation's wonderlands

364 66 Mon Oct 21, 2013 4pm by Lorenzo Cassina Wed Jul 1, 2015 10am by pattiv
Outdoor & Nature

Scenics, Locations

4402 883 Thu Aug 21, 2014 1am by leena Mon Jun 29, 2015 8pm by Michelle Sherwood
Macro Photography

Closeups

1662 505 Wed Jun 24, 2015 1pm by Liz Howerton Wed Jul 1, 2015 8am 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

1755 209 Tue Mar 10, 2015 6am by Lorenzo Cassina Wed Jul 1, 2015 6pm by Gussy
HIGH ISO Image Gallery

Images made at ISO 1600 and above

101 11 Sun May 10, 2015 9am by lookugly2 Fri Jun 12, 2015 8am by Budhadipta Das
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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