2 Winners (beginner and advanced) will win a $1500 gift card to B&H Photo.
This contest will be all about animals in their habitat. The emphasis will be on the landscape itself to tell a bigger story about the species you are photographing.
When it comes to selling wildlife photography, environmental portraits outsell run-of-the-mill closeups of animals 10:1.
Landscape tells a story. It allows us to enter the world of an animal, to experience Earth through their eyes in some fashion. Whether it’s magazines or fine art, by focusing on the landscape, by designing the composition around all the other “stuff” and allowing our subject to become a part of our planet with us, we give those viewing our work the opportunity to be transported out of their reality and into another world.
I’m going to be looking at how you designed the photograph. It’s easy to tell when a photographer composed for the landscape and allowed their subject to exist within it. And that’s what I want to see here.
In other words, this is all about composition. This is fitting in my opinion, given that I will begin publishing a new series of articles soon all about composition. And it may be fun to do another one of these animalscape contests afterward so you can see how your photography progressed.
As for subjects, all species are fair game in this contest: birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish, etc.
This photo contest will have two categories: beginner and advanced. YOU decide which category your photos belong in.
Each winner will receive $1500 to spend at B&H Photo (the world’s largest camera shop and one that ships all over the planet). In addition to this, winners will also be featured on the cover of the Journal of Wildlife Photography.
Here are the rules:
Jim Floyd of Minnesota won for this jaw droppingly beautiful photograph of a polar bear!
Jim won a $1500 gift card to B&H Photo.
Kathy Waybrant of Ontario won for her amazing photograph of an American marten in the snow!
Kathy won a $1500 gift card to B&H Photo.
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 ($1,100.00 Value)
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 ($1,695.00 Value)
In addition to learning about the technical side of photography, light, and composition, you will also find articles teaching you how to consistently find animals by braiding together their ecology and your photography.
Kiliii Yuyan a professional photographer for National Geographic and paying Journal subscriber explains it .
Don’t take our word for it, watch the video below from one of our subscribers…