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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.

3588 170 Mon Nov 28, 2016 1pm by birddogmom Wed Dec 7, 2016 3pm by Sluggbug
Picture This: Wild Weather

Long a favorite photo subject of Shutterbug readers, here’s your chance to share your crazy, beautiful images of the world’s weather. Photo entries can be of anything from lighting strikes to dust storms to deep powder to swirling tornadoes (but don’t get too close!) Most importantly, we’re looking for something dramatic that sends a shiver down the spine. As always, pay attention to image composition so that it’s not just a photo, for example, of a rainbow, but of a rainbow as an element in a complete scene. In short, we want you to show us Mother Nature at her most awesome and stunning moments.

Deadline: January 1, 2017

Selected images will appear in the April 2017 issue of Shutterbug 

62 3 Tue Nov 15, 2016 7am by nessie04 Thu Dec 8, 2016 6pm by PeterAlessandria
Picture This: Red!

There's nothing quite like red to catch the eye, whether it dominates the photograph or is a spot of bright red within a complementary color field. In fact, one travel photographer we know always carries a red umbrella in his travel kit, just to add some visual spark when he's on assignment and gets stuck with a murky, overcast day. Your "Red!” assignment shots should pop the color as well. You can boost saturation a bit if you like, but keep it as close to the "real" red as you can. We’re looking for the color red in your photos as a key part of image composition, not as something that completely overwhelms the shot. Do it but don’t overdo it.

Deadline: December 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the March 2017 issue of Shutterbug

361 11 Fri Nov 11, 2016 6am by treerose Fri Dec 9, 2016 3am by Child Expressions Photography
Picture This: Street Photography & Urban Landscapes

Anyone who has walked the streets with a camera (or a smartphone) has witnessed scenes of everyday life that seem too good to pass up for a photograph. But how often to you stop and actually capture them? That’s the trick to great street photography: you’ve got to be ready and you need to have no fear of shooting candid images of people on the street, most times without their permission. But there’s another type of street shooting that can be a little less stressful and that’s urban landscape photography. Just think of your town or city as an urbanized Grand Canyon and look for unique angles and great lighting to capture the architecture and setting. For this assignment, feel free to submit either Henri Cartier-Bresson-type “decisive moments” of people in street scenes or fine art-worthy image of urban landscapes.

Deadline: November 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the February 2017 issue of Shutterbug 

331 5 Mon Oct 31, 2016 1pm by apudlitzke Mon Nov 21, 2016 7am by wilshawlr
Picture This: The Great Outdoors

Outdoor photography is a favorite with readers so expect this to be a competitive assignment. But before you start uploading every sunset you’ve shot at Yosemite, keep in mind that we’re not only looking for something beautiful, we’re looking for something different. And keep your mind open for what you consider to be “The Great Outdoors.” We’re looking for everything from images of the majestic wonder in Denali National Park Park in Alaska, to the delicate pink-hued skies of Key West, to a stunning vista as seen right from your backyard. Most importantly, remember to keep the “great” in the Great Outdoors with your photography submissions for this assignment.

Deadline: October 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the January 2017 issue of Shutterbug

 

294 5 Wed Aug 31, 2016 7am by jtm71 Fri Dec 2, 2016 10pm by rsmth92
Picture This: Low-Light Noir

For our next assignment, we want you to go all dark and moody and share images that recall classic “film noir” movies. For those readers who skipped Cinema Appreciation class, film noir is a French term used to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas from the 1940s and ’50s. But we don’t need crime scenes (necessarily). Here’s what you should shoot for: gritty, high-contrast images, preferably in black and white, captured in low-light conditions. Of course, 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: September 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the December 2016 issue of Shutterbug   

 

115 2 Sat Sep 17, 2016 5pm by scoobydoobydoo777 Mon Oct 31, 2016 2pm by Mendosteve
Picture This: Capturing Action

Today’s camera gear is faster than ever and much of it is tailor-made for capturing any sort of motion or movement. So then why do so many photographers struggle to shoot compelling images of action? Part of has to do with timing and part of it has to do with composition. Your camera and lens can only do so much and there’s more to a great action shot than simply capturing the moment and making sure it’s in focus. For this assignment, feel free to photograph anything from basketball to dance to wildlife, just as long as there’s some kind of action in the scene. For the winning images, we’re looking for great composition, effective use of backgrounds and scenery, and powerful emotion: human, animal or otherwise.

Deadline: August 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the November 2016 issue of Shutterbug 

177 4 Tue Jul 5, 2016 9am by white-acre Wed Sep 28, 2016 6pm by mike.olson2000
Picture This: The Power of B&W

Despite all the advancements in imaging – including the advent of color and the now dominance of digital – there’s something about classic black-and-white photography that will never go out of style. That’s not to say that just because a photo has been shot or converted to monochrome, it’s guaranteed to be a great photo. 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, 2016

Selected images will appear in the October 2016 issue of Shutterbug

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

387 7 Mon Sep 12, 2016 7am by treerose Fri Nov 4, 2016 11am by Ata
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  

 

301 12 Fri Jun 24, 2016 7pm by garyedownes Tue Nov 29, 2016 5pm by tcwendel
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  

227 21 Sun Jul 31, 2016 2pm by Lorenzo Cassina Mon Oct 3, 2016 7pm by tbreitling
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.

472 14 Sat May 28, 2016 9pm by Feather'sTouch Sat Dec 3, 2016 5pm by Andyt30
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

615 28 Tue Aug 2, 2016 3pm by Dee Gee Sat Nov 5, 2016 9am by Ata
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.

346 2 Fri Jan 8, 2016 4pm by Raymond Muzika Tue Dec 6, 2016 9am by MoBill122
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.

123 1 Sat Jun 25, 2016 7am by DonnaNamali Sat Jun 25, 2016 7am by DonnaNamali
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.

189 3 Thu Jan 28, 2016 4am by Raymond Muzika Wed Oct 12, 2016 2am by De Luca Augusto
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.

111 6 Wed Feb 24, 2016 8pm by martyangles Wed Oct 12, 2016 2am by De Luca Augusto
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.

256 1 Sat Aug 22, 2015 1pm by whiteacre Thu Dec 1, 2016 6pm by Davidamos212
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

1539 60 Tue Feb 16, 2016 5pm by k790ng@hotmail.com Tue Dec 6, 2016 12pm by Sluggbug
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.

106 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.

169 8 Sat Feb 27, 2016 8am by jose luis mendez Wed Dec 7, 2016 10pm 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.

162 6 Sun Nov 15, 2015 7pm by Lorenzo Cassina Fri Nov 11, 2016 1pm by logoervin
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 Sat Jul 9, 2016 2pm by PHOTOFANATIX
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.

432 10 Sat May 21, 2016 3am by davidmiller Sat Oct 8, 2016 11am by HAMZA SHAHID
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.

380 14 Mon Jul 6, 2015 1pm by garyedownes Fri Nov 11, 2016 6pm by gpatnew
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.

579 19 Sun Jul 3, 2016 1pm by Dee Gee Sat Oct 15, 2016 4pm by Andyt30
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.

494 15 Tue Jul 28, 2015 7pm by kriskist Wed Nov 9, 2016 7am by skyshadow42
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.

318 14 Mon Feb 16, 2015 5pm by Lorenzo Cassina Sun Dec 4, 2016 11pm by C0DE3H
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.

368 19 Wed Sep 9, 2015 3am by wrhwr Sat Nov 5, 2016 9am by Ata
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.

321 13 Wed Nov 18, 2015 3pm by KevinFH Fri Jun 24, 2016 1pm by tmmccauley
Picture This: Rich and Color-Full

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

729 31 Sat Oct 25, 2014 9pm by Susan Taylor Photography Fri Oct 28, 2016 5pm by Ata
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.

371 16 Tue Sep 16, 2014 6am by mshaley1224 Tue May 17, 2016 8pm by gman75
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.

654 43 Sat May 14, 2016 4am by Elina_Ryan Tue Nov 29, 2016 3pm by MLMeloche
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.

393 16 Wed Dec 31, 2014 10am by Lorenzo Cassina Sat May 21, 2016 8pm by gman75
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.

456 31 Sun Jan 31, 2016 11am by Nora Kirkbak Sat Oct 8, 2016 11am by HAMZA SHAHID
General

Photos not sorted into any of the categories below.

24097 1679 Tue Oct 18, 2016 4am by conpaptex Sun Dec 4, 2016 12am by Andyt30
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

245 94 Thu Jul 24, 2014 7pm by photog1968 Tue Aug 23, 2016 3am by HDR929
Digital Doings

Using plug-ins, special effects & composites

816 450 Thu Nov 13, 2014 5pm by libbysr Fri Jul 15, 2016 7pm by ballottasphotophy
Depth of Field

Shallow & deep

541 189 Tue Oct 8, 2013 6am by daguerrson Thu Oct 1, 2015 10am by clinke
Travel & Location

On the road, with camera

1576 196 Thu Jun 4, 2015 6pm by james.seeds Tue Nov 8, 2016 10am by Ata
Monochrome

Black and white, toned or neutral

1676 368 Wed Jul 2, 2014 12am by Barrett Sun Aug 21, 2016 11am by lucky
US National Parks

Images from our nation's wonderlands

379 65 Mon Oct 21, 2013 4pm by Lorenzo Cassina Sun Aug 7, 2016 8pm by M0ments
Outdoor & Nature

Scenics, Locations

4508 885 Thu Jul 16, 2015 6pm by treerose Sun Dec 4, 2016 8am by ryancrouse
Macro Photography

Closeups

1720 507 Thu May 5, 2016 9am by MICHAEL SAMS Mon Oct 17, 2016 3am by ballottasphotophy
Shutter Speed Effects

Fast & slow, take your pick

441 161 Mon Dec 15, 2014 4am by lucky Fri Oct 28, 2016 5pm by Ata
Portraits

Candid and formal, natural and artificial light

1853 210 Fri Jun 24, 2016 6am by JennyLynn Sat Dec 3, 2016 5pm by Andyt30
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

70 18 Mon Sep 19, 2016 10am by flash5games Fri Jun 24, 2016 3am by Monideep_shuttersounds