February 2024

Wildlife Photography Contest

Theme: “Color”

Photo by Gail Bisson

The theme for the February 2024 Wildlife Photography Contest is “Color”

This month’s theme is all about color! Submit your colorful images to lift our spirits during the dull, grey days of February.

The subject and/or the environment should be brimming with color.

No black and white submissions for this theme.

Modest global use of saturation and vibrance sliders are allowed. As a guide, modest would be defined as moving the vibrance and saturation sliders in LR no more than 10 points.

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 color, whether in the form of a new photo or something you find in your photo files. Good luck!

OFFICIAL RULES:

The “Color” wildlife photography contest opens on February 1, 2024, and closes on February 29, 2024, at 11:59 pm PT. Winners are to be selected shortly after.

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. 

  • Instead of an entry fee for every image you’d like to submit, we give our members up to 10 submissions per month, per contest included free.
  • Annual Members get 1 free entry credit per month, Annual Plus+ Members get 5 free entry credits per month, and Lifetime Members get 10 free entry credits per month. Not a member yet? Join here.
  • Members can purchase more entries here: Addition entry credits. Must be logged in.
  • You must be the photographer who took the photo and hold all rights to the image.
  • No illustrations, paintings, or AI generated photos allowed.
  • The top 3 images from each category will be required to submit the RAW file within 7 days of the request from the judges.
  • 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.
  • Moderate cropping of photographs is allowed.
  • Modest leveling of horizon lines is allowed.
  • Sharpening, exposure and tonal or color corrections are permitted.
  • Modest dodging and burning are permitted.
  • Selective noise reduction on the background or subject is also permitted.
  • Images must NOT have a watermark, signature or logo or any identifiable data.
  • 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.

Submitting a Photo

  • 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.

How to Choose Your Skill Level

  • 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. We strongly encourage members who enter this category to submit images taken within the past 36 months. This rule does not apply to Intermediate or Advanced Categories.
  • 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.
PRIZES

Winners of all three categories will receive $500 cash each! (paid via PayPal or Check).

Winners will be published in the next issue of the JOWP and showcase the beautiful work & stories behind the photographs.

Winners will be announced live on March 19, 2024.

“Color” Photo Examples

Photo by Scott Keys
Photo by Gail Bisson
Photo by Gail Bisson
Why Enter the JoWP Photo Contest?
  1. Every month, the Journal of Wildlife Photography (JoWP) hosts photo contests with cash prizes of $500 per category, per month.
  2. Our contests are not photo grabs. We believe the rights of the photos entered into our contests, are the property of the photographer. 
  3. 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.
  4. Your chances of winning are 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.
  5. All winners will be published in the following issue of the Journal of Wildlife Photography.
  6. You will only compete against other wildlife photographers of your skill level.
  7. There is no cap on how many times you can win. Judges choose the images without knowledge of who the entrant is.
  8. 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.
When You Join Today You’ll Also Receive These Additional Bonuses
FREE BONUS #1:
Monthly Webinars

Learn from Award-Winning Photographers in our Live Monthly Trainings.

As a member, you’ll get free monthly 90-minute trainings by award-winning professional wildlife photographers like Simon d’Entremount, Michelle Valberg, Steve Perry, and Greg Basco who will dive deep into both beginner and intermediate topics. Directly following the trainings, the speaker will open up the floor for 30-minutes of Q&A. You’ll get instant access to all new and past trainings with your membership.

FREE BONUS #2:
Digital Magazine

Workshop-Level Education in an Easy-to-Read Quarterly Publication.

In 2019, the Journal of Wildlife Photography was created to bring wildlife photographers workshop-level training into the pages of a digital publication. With columns on conservation, macro photography, bird photography, animal behavior and habitats, underwater photography, DSLR and Mirrorless Autofocus systems, light and composition, and so much more.
FREE BONUS #3:
Social Community

Share Your Photos and Get “Real-Time” Feedback From Our Private Online Community.

Connect with other wildlife photographers, share your photos, and learn from award-winning professionals through live virtual workshops, training, and seminars. Receive personalized feedback from your peers and get valuable insights from image critiques by working professionals. 
FREE BONUS #4:
Article Library

In-depth Articles on Wildlife Ecology, Shooting Tips, Field Techniques, and More.

Explore topics such as animal behavior, habitat management, outdoor photography, and shooting skills, among others. Each article is carefully researched and written in an engaging style, making it easy to follow and understand. You’ll get instant access to all new and past articles with your membership.
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10 contest entries included for every monthly photo contest.

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LIFETIME

$397
One-time
BEST VALUE
10 photo submission credits per contest.

ANNUAL PLUS+

$197
Billed Annually
5 photo submission credits per contest.

ANNUAL

$119
Billed Annually
1 photo submission credit per contest.

Yearly Membership

$ 97 Billed Annually
  • 1 free entry into our year-end photo contest in December with a cash prize of $2,000 per category winner.
  • 1 free entry per month into our monthly photo contests with cash prizes of a least $250/month. (No limit on how many times you can win).
  • Free monthly photo critique of contest winners and runners-up.
  • Winners get their work published in our magazine.
  • One year access to new JoWP magazine issues.
  • Instant access to 5+ Years of back issues to the Journal, video library, and 100+ articles.
  • One year access to monthly trainings + instant access to all past trainings.
  • One year access to the"Facebook-like" social media community.

Lifetime Membership

$ 297 one-time
  • 1 free entry into our year-end photo contest in December with a cash prize of $2,000 per category winner.
  • 1 free entry per month (10 free entries coming soon) into our monthly photo contests with cash prizes of a least $250/month. (No limit on how many times you can win).
  • Free monthly photo critique of contest winners and runners-up.
  • Winners get their work published in our magazine.
  • Lifetime access to new JoWP magazine issues.
  • Instant access to 5+ Years of back issues to the Journal, video library, and 100+ articles.
  • Lifetime access to monthly trainings + instant access to all past trainings.
  • Lifetime access to the "Facebook-like" social media community.
  • 15% off all future full price purchases​.
  • FREE eBook “Mastering Light: The Essence of Wildlife Photography” ($97 Value)​
  • FREE eBook: – “The Photographer's Guide To The Outer Banks” ($49 value)​
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