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Deadline: Sep 26, 2017
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Varied Entry
Entry Fee: $30 US for Adults / Free Entry for Youth (age 18 and under as of Sept. 26, 2017)

2017 Nature’s Best Backyards Photo Contest

2017 Nature’s Best Backyards Photo Contest

The editors of NATURE’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY invite all photographers to celebrate nature close to home by entering the 2017 BEST BACKYARDS PHOTO CONTEST.

Submit images made in your own backyard, in a public or private garden, or nearby park. The entries are judged on their technical quality, composition, originality, and artistic merit.

Open to Professionals, Amateurs, and Youth (age 18 and under as of Sept. 26, 2017).

IMAGES PER ENTRY: For each paid contest entry you may submit up to 25 images.
You may start as many paid entries as you like. If one or more of your images is selected as a finalist, we will require high-resolution digital files for final round judging and reproduction in the magazine.

You have until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, Sept. 26, 2017, but don’t wait until the last minute to start your submission, as entries are judged in the order they are received.

WILDLIFE: Wild animals from your backyard habitat (no captive animals are accepted)—birds, mammals, etc.
WATER LIFE: Ponds, streams, and wetlands in a backyard environment; also frogs, fish, and aquatic plant life.
PLANT LIFE: Flowers, trees, and other flora in their natural habitat (identify exotic or hybrid species) around your home. PRIVATE BACKYARD GARDENS: Beautiful backyard (or frontyard) habitats that have been created to invite wildlife. PUBLIC PARKS and GARDENS: Community parks and gardens close to home (please identify location).
SMALL WORLD: Close-up or macro shots of flowers or butterflies, caterpillars, insects, etc., in a backyard setting.

All photos must accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the scene. Nothing should be added to an image, and aside from dust spots, nothing should be taken away. Normal processing of RAW image files and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable, as is cropping. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as all manipulation is disclosed. No watermarks or text on photos. Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person, or submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer.
* Images should be of non-captive species in natural situations. If lured or baited, please explain.*

QUESTIONS? Call 703-467-9783 or e-mail: [email protected]

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: The winning images will be featured in NATURE’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY magazine, online galleries and shared on social media. You may also receive exposure if you are selected featured in other publications and websites such as: Smithsonian, Wall Street Journal, Divers Alert Network, Audubon, newspapers, etc. We want to showcase your best shots to help motivate a deeper appreciation of the natural world through the art of photography. Good luck! The Editors Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Photographers own their own copyright and enter Nature's Best Photography Awards competitions of their own free will. As a condition of having a photograph selected as a winning image, photographers agree to a non-exclusive transfer of worldwide rights allowing Nature's Best Publishing, LLC (NBP) the following uses including, but not limited to: publishing the image(s) in upcoming issues of Nature's Best Photography magazine; hanging the image(s) in public exhibitions; and displaying the image(s) on the NBP and other websites; and using the image(s) to promote Nature's Best Photography competitions. Non-exclusive allows the photographer to market the image as they choose. NBP does not restrict future sales of the image, rather NBP enhances opportunities to market the photograph as a Winner in a very prestigious competition. Many photographers have found their sales to increase based in part on their participation in NBP award competitions.

*Nature's Best Publishing LLC is not responsible for damage or loss incurred during shipment to or from our offices. **Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer, landowner, or other persons. Photographs involving willful harassment of wildlife, destruction of habitat or property are unacceptable. ***Failure to comply with contest guidelines will lead to disqualification. USAGE RIGHTS: The winning photographs will be published in the 2018 Spring/Summer issue of NATURE’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY magazine and may be shown in online galleries and other NATURE’S BEST BACKYARDS (NBB) photography competition promotion opportunities, including, but not limited to, a compilation book or calendar, electronic collection of winners and web pages providing NBB information, updates, rules and ongoing photography tips.

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