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Backyard
Photo Contest
Two winners (beginner and advanced) will win a $1,000 gift card to B&H Photo.

Both winners’ photos will also be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the Journal of Wildlife Photography.

Backyard Wildlife Photography

There is a measure of ambiguity to such a theme. I used to have moose in my backyard on a regular basis, for instance. While I understand that even the charismatic megafauna we all love to photograph can be found in someone’s backyard out there at some point, we are going to focus in on the smaller majority here.

The idea behind this photography contest is to encourage participants to begin looking at and recognizing the diversity and beauty in the menagerie of species all around them that are so regularly overlooked or unseen by wildlife photographers and society at large.

Although you will need to use your discretion here as to what exactly this means to you, here are some examples of what we are and what we are not looking for.

Yes:

  • Monarch butterflies
  • Tussock moths
  • Snakes
  • Chipmunks
  • Grasshoppers

No:

  • Elk
  • Foxes
  • Coyotes
  • Great blue herons
  • Songbirds

Of course, neither of these are exhaustive lists. They are just here to guide you. Common subjects that most wildlife photographers create images of, such as deer and egrets, are not what we are looking for here. However, those subjects that are more likely to be photographed with a macro lens than a telephoto are.

OFFICIAL RULES:
  • Only subscribers of the Journal of Wildlife Photography are eligible to enter. This includes both annual and lifetime members.
  • You may submit a maximum of two images, and each image needs to contain which number that it is.
  • All images must include: the species’ common name, its Latin name, and a unique fact about the subject. This is the Journal of Wildlife Photography, after all. So, everyone is expected to go a step further here.
  • You have to pick which category your skill level falls into: beginner or advanced. If you are still learning the technical aspects of photography, such as autofocus systems, understanding manual exposure, and working with high ISO settings, then you likely belong in the beginner category. If you are past this in your journey and are primarily focused now on light and composition and the more advanced aspects of wildlife photography, then you likely belong in the advanced category. I do reserve the right to “bump” a photographer’s photographs to the advanced category if it appears they are far more advanced than they suggest and may be trying to take advantage of the “big fish in the little pond” scenario of the beginner category.
  • Winner of both the beginner and advanced categories will receive a $1,000 gift card to B&H Photo!
  • Winners of both the beginner and advanced categories will have the option to have their photographs featured on the cover of the Journal of Wildlife Photography. We will not use your photographs without your written permission.
  • Runner-up entries will be featured, with their photographers’ permission, in a supplementary issue of the Journal of Wildlife Photography specifically for showcasing the beautiful work and stories behind the photographs entered in the contest.
  • To enter the contest, you need only post your entry to the official Journal of Wildlife Photography’s Facebook Group along with the hashtag #backyardbeginner or #backyardadvanced.
  • The contest begins May 20 and will end on July 15 at midnight EST.
  • All participants retain the copyright to their photographs in their entirety. You can opt out of having your photographs featured in the Journal of Wildlife Photography if we reach out to you about including them in the contest edition. Your photographs will never be used without your consent.
PAST WINNERS
Jim Floyd (Advanced)

Jim Floyd of Minnesota won for this jaw-droppingly beautiful photograph of a polar bear!

Jim won a $1,500 gift card to B&H Photo.

Kathy Waybrant (Beginner)

Kathy Waybrant of Ontario won for her amazing photograph of an American marten in the snow!

Kathy won a $1,500 gift card to B&H Photo.

Michael Weatherford​

Michael submitted a beautifully simplistic composition of Gemmed Satyr butterfly resting beside a pawpaw flower.

Michael won a Really Right Stuff TVC-34 Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod ($1,100 value)

Scott Suriano

Scott’s photograph of a bald eagle. The pose, the light, the fog in the background. Everything about it is simply beautiful.

Scott won a Really Right Stuff TVC-34 Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base ($1,695 value)

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  • Instant access to our video library and post-processing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop specifically for wildlife photography
  • Weekly wildlife photography tips in your inbox
  • Automatic registration to win a spot on our workshop + equipment giveaways
  • 100+ in-depth articles on wildlife ecology, shooting tips, field techniques, and more
  • 100% online with multiple formats, plus you can download a PDF version so you'll never be without the Journal even when you don't have internet access
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