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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.

2983 166 Mon Apr 18, 2016 3pm by Dee Gee Thu Apr 28, 2016 1pm by Dee Gee
Picture This: Wildlife & Nature Photography

Wildlife and nature are favorite subjects our readers so we expect to see tons of amazing images for this assignment. But before you decide to submit every photo you’ve ever shot of a bird or flower, take some time sorting through your wildlife and nature images to pick out something truly special. 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, 2016

Selected images will appear in the July 2016 issue of Shutterbug

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

440 13 Fri Apr 1, 2016 12am by Bobfrpics Tue Apr 26, 2016 8am by Gerry Groeber
Picture This: Close-Up and Macro Photography

Are you ready for your close-up? You’d better be if you want to enter our next Picture This assignment. Macro photography has long been a favorite of readers so now’s your chance to show us your best close-up images. While there are many classic macro subjects to capture including flowers, plant-life and insects, try to push yourself and show us some close-ups we’ve never seen before. The key is to get the points of interest in an image as sharp as can be to draw the viewer into these often-microscopic photographic scenes. Think small but go big for maximum impact with your macro images.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the August 2016 issue of Shutterbug  

169 12 Fri Apr 22, 2016 7pm by Sorpreso Thu Apr 28, 2016 5pm by Carita Aarnio
Picture This: Dazzling Color

While it’s true that black-and-white photography presents a classic look that will likely never go out of style, if you want to create an immediate impression with an image, some stunning color certainly doesn’t hurt. This assignment is wide open: show us images of any subject you’d like as long as it has dazzling color in it. Photos could include everything from landscapes to still lifes to portraits or action shots. The only rule is don’t give us dazzling color just for dazzling color’s sake. Make sure it enhances the subject to produce maximum impact.

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the September 2016 issue of Shutterbug  

 

111 0 Thu Apr 28, 2016 6pm by rick8x
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, 2016

Selected images will appear in the June 2016 issue of Shutterbug

630 28 Thu Apr 14, 2016 6am by Linda Witteveen Mon Mar 21, 2016 2pm by Chad Letain
Picture This: Travel Photography

What makes a great travel photo? Many things, of course, but we’ve found that the best images always tell some sort of story. Don’t simply post a pretty picture. Beautiful photos are all well and good but they’re a dime a dozen these days. To set your travel photos apart, include some interesting elements in the frame that give a sense of place or context. We want to imagine we’re standing right there beside you, whether you’re taking a photo on a dusty street in Marrakesh, or turning your camera toward a vast plain in Montana.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the May 2016 issue of Shutterbug

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

363 2 Fri Jan 8, 2016 4pm by Raymond Muzika Thu Apr 7, 2016 11am by Kitsea
Picture This: Wedding, Portrait, and Boudoir Photography

Show us your best wedding, portrait or boudoir images for this assignment. And, as you can probably guess, we’re looking for interesting angles on these popular photography genres. Give us wedding, portrait or boudoir photos that are striking and beautiful but don’t look like images we’ve seen a million times before. We want to see photos with an edge.

Deadline: December 1, 2015

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

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

176 3 Thu Jan 28, 2016 4am by Raymond Muzika Mon Apr 25, 2016 2am by NIAS MARIKAR
Picture This: Food Photography

We’re looking for food (and drink) images that are not only beautifully composed, compellingly lit, and so appetizing-looking they make our stomachs growl, we’re looking for photos that capture cuisine from a unique or interesting angle. Food images can be still lifes or environmental or lifestyle photos where edibles and drinkables are prominently featured.

Deadline: January 1, 2015

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

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

124 0 Tue Mar 8, 2016 9pm by wfpiper
Picture This: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Photojournalism and documentary photography might sound like a tough assignment but think of it simply as capturing candid moments of real life. There are stories all around us just waiting to be told with our cameras. For this assignment, use yours to capture a scene or a situation that tells a story without manipulation. We want unstaged images that document real life in a revealing way. Or to bend the old cliché, we’re looking for pictures that are worth a thousand words.

Deadline: November 1, 2015

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

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

116 6 Wed Feb 24, 2016 8pm by martyangles Thu Apr 14, 2016 6pm by jtm71
Picture This: Street Photography

Capturing powerful street photography images can be tougher than it seems. First, you have to be bold enough to shoot candid images of people on the street, most times without their permission. Secondly, we’d like to see street photography images that capture an emotion or tell a story; not just random shots of people walking down the street. To paraphrase the great Henri Cartier-Bresson, you’re looking for “the decisive moment.”

Deadline: September 1, 2015

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

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

239 1 Sat Aug 22, 2015 1pm by whiteacre Sat Apr 2, 2016 11pm by Adriana Kastelan
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

1548 61 Tue Feb 16, 2016 5pm by k790ng@hotmail.com Wed Apr 20, 2016 8am by edyoung2646
Picture This: Extreme Outdoor Photography

Outdoor photography is great but it’s even better when you take it to the extreme. For this assignment we’re looking for images of dizzying mountaintops shot from harrowing angles, exploding volcanoes, dangling ice climbers, kayakers barreling through rapids, or stunning displays of weather. In short, we’re looking for outdoor images that make us see the awesomeness and danger of nature in the extreme.

Deadline: October 1, 2015

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

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

122 8 Thu Dec 31, 2015 1am by KME Graphics-Music Sun Jan 17, 2016 5am by VDG727
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.

154 8 Sat Feb 27, 2016 8am by jose luis mendez Sat Apr 2, 2016 4am by John Torcasio
Images of Autumn

Autumn¹s crisp air and vivid colors signify the end of summer and bring to mind a great many things. For this seasonal assignment, we want to see images that express all of the wonders that Autumn has to offer us from bright foliage to the bounty of harvest time to dark Halloween frights.

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) in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

328 14 Sun Nov 15, 2015 7pm by Lorenzo Cassina Sat Apr 23, 2016 5pm by lookugly2
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.

284 5 Sat May 30, 2015 7am by calhound11 Wed Mar 23, 2016 7am by gmarinakis
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.

389 8 Thu Jul 16, 2015 4pm by treerose Mon Apr 18, 2016 8am by fugarte
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.

373 14 Mon Jul 6, 2015 1pm by garyedownes Thu Mar 24, 2016 8am by Marjorie
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.

571 18 Sun Apr 3, 2016 9am by Verloin69 Thu Apr 7, 2016 12pm by Kitsea
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.

493 15 Tue Jul 28, 2015 7pm by kriskist Tue Mar 1, 2016 8am by Nikonuser3
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.

310 14 Mon Feb 16, 2015 5pm by Lorenzo Cassina Thu Jan 7, 2016 8pm by Natalie Sabak Pope
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.

367 19 Wed Sep 9, 2015 3am by wrhwr Tue Apr 5, 2016 9am by Ivo Lacle
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.

322 13 Wed Nov 18, 2015 3pm by KevinFH Wed Dec 30, 2015 4pm by renmccoy
Picture This: Rich and Color-Full

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

725 31 Sat Oct 25, 2014 9pm by Susan Taylor Photography Sat Apr 16, 2016 5am by davedexton
Picture This: Echoing Forms

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

306 32 Tue Nov 11, 2014 5pm by Lorenzo Cassina Sat Apr 2, 2016 10am by carol8345
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.

370 16 Tue Sep 16, 2014 6am by mshaley1224 Mon Feb 1, 2016 4am by Cory Lvett
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.

637 42 Tue Feb 9, 2016 3am by jasonvallen Sun Jan 24, 2016 11am by JWPhotoworks
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.

455 31 Sun Jan 31, 2016 11am by Nora Kirkbak Tue Jan 26, 2016 11am by Kristen Rauch
General

Photos not sorted into any of the categories below.

23998 1675 Sun Mar 6, 2016 6am by bodik Sat Mar 19, 2016 6pm by say sofia
Flash & Strobe

Fill flash, studio & on location

179 107 Sat Oct 4, 2014 4pm by ProfEngineer Wed Feb 17, 2016 11am by DavidSJR
Wide & Super Wide

Maximizing depth of field; the super wide view

244 94 Thu Jul 24, 2014 7pm by photog1968 Fri Feb 12, 2016 6pm by DavidSJR
Digital Doings

Using plug-ins, special effects & composites

815 450 Thu Nov 13, 2014 5pm by libbysr Thu Feb 4, 2016 8pm by ballottasphotophy
Depth of Field

Shallow & deep

543 189 Tue Oct 8, 2013 6am by daguerrson Thu Oct 1, 2015 10am by clinke
Travel & Location

On the road, with camera

1566 196 Thu Jun 4, 2015 6pm by james.seeds Sun Mar 20, 2016 5pm by SoftStepper
Monochrome

Black and white, toned or neutral

1675 368 Wed Jul 2, 2014 12am by Barrett Thu Apr 14, 2016 5pm by CTSal
US National Parks

Images from our nation's wonderlands

378 66 Mon Oct 21, 2013 4pm by Lorenzo Cassina Wed Feb 3, 2016 4pm by pstrait
Outdoor & Nature

Scenics, Locations

4484 885 Thu Jul 16, 2015 6pm by treerose Mon Apr 18, 2016 1pm by brianclara
Macro Photography

Closeups

1714 506 Fri Oct 2, 2015 5pm by James McMillin Wed Apr 27, 2016 8pm by maryhw@aol.comw
Shutter Speed Effects

Fast & slow, take your pick

440 161 Mon Dec 15, 2014 4am by lucky Wed Oct 21, 2015 12am by Venkateshwaran S
Portraits

Candid and formal, natural and artificial light

1838 209 Tue Mar 10, 2015 6am by Lorenzo Cassina Wed Mar 23, 2016 7am by gmarinakis
HIGH ISO Image Gallery

Images made at ISO 1600 and above

104 11 Sun May 10, 2015 9am by lookugly2 Fri Sep 4, 2015 9pm by samuelveich
Nikon D3000 Images and User Group

Post photos, compare notes

69 18 Thu Feb 11, 2016 7pm by spider2016 Thu Mar 5, 2015 9pm by Saber Photography
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