Background Photo by: George Lepp
The “Wildlife Camouflage” photo contest is now open and closes on January 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm EDT. Winners are to be selected shortly after.
- Every month, the Journal of Wildlife Photography (JoWP) hosts photo contests with cash prizes of $500 per category, per month.
- Our contests are not photo grabs. We have no use for your images, and we believe the rights of the photos entered into our contests, are the property of the photographer. See details below.
- Instead of an entry fee for every image you submit, you pay once and are eligible to participate in 12 contests (1 per month) per year.
- Your chance of winning is high! Although JoWP has roughly 14,000 active members, only about 500 photos per category are submitted per contest. Not a member yet? Join here.
- All winners will be published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Journal of Wildlife Photography.
- You will only compete against other wildlife photographers of your skill level.
- There is no cap on how many times you can win. Judges choose the images blindly and a few of our members have won multiple times.
- Live monthly photo critique. Every month we’ll choose 4 to 5 non-winning photos and provide detailed insights on how they could be improved and possibly win next time.
Please read and follow the rules carefully. We have made some changes pertaining to what is allowed and not allowed. Failure to comply with all rules will disqualify your entry.
In this month’s contest, we want you to look for wildlife subjects that are in plain sight but blend in with their surroundings.
You are expected to give your photo a short title (maximum five words), include a brief caption (maximum 50 words), and name the specific location where you photographed your entry (backyard, “X” City Park, “X” Nature Center, and the city, state/province, and country).
As always, wildlife must be wild and free, unrestrained, and not domesticated or living in captivity.
To ensure your photo is accepted for judging, please size your photos according to the wildlife photography contest rules, include both your first and last name on the entry form, and do NOT include a watermark.
We hope you enjoy the search for wildlife in camouflage, whether in the form of a new photo or something you find in your photo files. Good luck!
- You must be the photographer who took the photo and hold all rights to the image.
- No illustrations, paintings, or AI generated photos allowed.
- Your photo doesn’t have to be new; however, we encourage you to get out and create new, fresh photographs.
- Animals featured must be wild — no pets or domesticated animals.
- Content alteration of digital files is not acceptable.
- Cropping of photographs, noise reduction, sharpening, and tonal or color corrections are permitted.
- Images must NOT be marked in any way, including date/time stamps, signatures, logos, or watermarks.
- By entering the contest, entrants agree that their images have been taken following our ethical wildlife photography guidelines.
- Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age agree that they have obtained permission to enter from a parent or guardian.
- The Journal of Wildlife Photography will NOT retain copyright, ownership, or any other rights to your images, however, by submitting your photo/s to our contest, you give JoWP permission to use your images for purposes of promoting current or future photo contests via journalofwildlifephotography.com, JoWP.com, our social media platforms, the JoWP magazine featuring contest winners/runners-up and electronic email.
- For the best possible experience, we recommend using Google Chrome. Other browsers will work; however, some people have had some issues uploading.
- All photographic entries must be submitted electronically. Digital files must be at least 1000 pixels and no more than 2000 pixels on the long edge, with resolution set to at least 72 ppi.
- Accepted file formats: jpg or png.
- Maximum file size is 10 MB.
- Beginner: Entrant is getting to know the basics of his/her camera and learning fundamental skills such as the basics of exposure (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO), focus, composition, perspective, and depth of field.
- Intermediate: Most intermediate photographers have learned how to take their cameras out of Program Mode and use other modes to control the camera’s ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.
- Advanced: Entrant has mastered the beginner’s skills and is working to fully master the use of light in his/her photography.
Winners will be published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Journal of Wildlife Photography specifically to showcase the beautiful work and stories behind the photographs entered in the contest.