June 2024

Wildlife Photography Contest

Theme "Small In The Frame"

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Photo by: Nikunj Patel

The theme for the June 2024 Wildlife Photography Contest is “Small in the Frame”

This month’s theme is all about showing your subject within the context of their environment. Think “small in the frame”.

The use of negative or positive space allows for artistic creativity and we encourage you to let your inner artist guide your compositions.

Black and white images are eligible for this theme.

The “Small In The Frame” wildlife photography contest opens on June 1, 2024, and closes on June 30, 2024, at 11:59 pm PT.

Winners are to be selected shortly after.

We hope you enjoy the search for “small in the frame” subjects, whether in the form of a new photo or something you find in your photo files.

Good luck!

Entries are accepted worldwide.

Why Enter The JoWP Photo Contest?

Win Cash

Elevate your photography game and seize the opportunity to not only showcase your talent but also pocket some serious cash rewards.

Every month, the Journal of Wildlife Photography (JoWP) hosts new photo contests where each category boasts a tantalizing cash prize of $500!

With JoWP, every submission could be your ticket to some cold hard cash!

Get Published

When you clinch victory in our thrilling photo contests, your winning masterpiece will be immortalized in the prestigious pages of the next issue of the Journal of Wildlife Photography!

Imagine the thrill of seeing your work showcased for all to admire, alongside the finest talent in the field. With each issue reaching eager readers hungry for inspiration, your photography will gain unparalleled exposure and recognition.

Keep Your Photo Rights

At the Journal of Wildlife Photography, we firmly believe in honoring your artistic autonomy. Rest assured, we will not lay claim to the copyright, ownership, or any other rights to your captivating images.

By entrusting us with your photographic masterpieces, you grant JoWP permission to amplify your talent across various platforms. Picture this: your work showcased proudly on our website, our social media channels, and even within the esteemed pages of the JoWP magazine, featuring our esteemed contest winners and runners-up.

Only compete against other wildlife photographers of your skill level.

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Great Chances to Win

With a thriving community of over 14,000 passionate members, the Journal of Wildlife Photography offers you an unparalleled opportunity to shine. Despite this vast pool of talent, our contests typically see an average of only 500 photo submissions per category. This means that your chances of standing out and clinching the coveted title are higher than ever before!

World Renowned Judges

We bring in some of the top wildlife photographers in the world to judge our photo contests.

Every month, our esteemed panel of judges meticulously sifts through a plethora of breathtaking submissions. With an unwavering commitment to impartiality, each judge selects their favorites solely based on the sheer brilliance captured within the frame—without any prior knowledge of the entrants.

What does this mean for you? Absolute fairness and transparency. Your talent speaks for itself, and our judges ensure that every image is evaluated on its own merit, guaranteeing unbiased results that showcase the true essence of wildlife photography.

Past Winners

April 2024
Theme: “Birds-in-Flight”
Beginner
"Short-Eared Owl Approaching" by Jim Ruzicka
Intermediate
"Roseate Spoonbill" by Ruben Rodz
Advanced
"Blur and Freeze in One Frame" by Gady Shmila
March 2024
Theme: “Tight Portrait”
Beginner
"The Scream" By: Tim Ratcliffe
Intermediate
"I See You" By: Pat Husband
Advanced
“The Sunset” By: Phil Pound

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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, Isaac Grant, Greg Basco and many more who 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.

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Learn how to improve your photo contest entries.

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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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Monthly Photo Contests

Every month, JOWP hosts themed photo contests with cash prizes of $500.

These contests feature diverse themes that celebrate the beauty and diversity of wildlife photography, inviting photographers of all levels to participate. What sets these contests apart is the enticing prize awaiting the winner: a generous cash prize of $500 per skill level. This not only recognizes the talent and dedication of the winning photographer but also provides an additional incentive for participants to push their boundaries and strive for excellence in their craft. Join us each month as we embark on new photographic adventures and celebrate the captivating world of wildlife through the lens.

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Wildlife Photography Contest Official Rules

Please read and follow the rules carefully. Failure to comply with all rules will disqualify your entry.

Official Rules:

  • You must be a member of JOWP to enter.
  • Members can purchase more entries here: Addition entry credits.
  • 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/Original file within 5 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 must be wild and free, unrestrained, and not domesticated or living in captivity.
  • Content alteration of digital files is not acceptable. This means no cloning (except dust spots).
  • 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 and/or the subject is permitted.
  • Images must NOT have a border, watermark, signature, logo or any other 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.
  • Entries are accepted worldwide.

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 1500 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.
  • 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).

Choosing Your Skill Level:

Participants must enter their images in ONE skill category only. Anyone who enters in more than one skill level will be disqualified.

  • 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 the beginner, intermediate and advanced categories will each receive a $500! (Paid via PayPal)
  • Winning entries are to be featured in the following issue of the Journal of Wildlife Photography showcasing the beautiful work and stories behind the photographs.