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September – October Photo Contest
Theme: Close Up Photography in Nature

Close up photography in nature

To enter Focal Press’s September – October Photo Contest, please click here.

Theme:  Close Up Photography in Nature

Inspired by the book: Close Up Photography in Nature

Guest Judges – John & Barbara Gerlach

Grand Jury Winner:

–          A copy of the book Close Up Photography in Nature

–          $200 worth of Focal Press books of your choice!

Two Runner Ups

–          A copy of the book Close Up Photography in Nature

–          A Focal Press book of your choice!

People’s Choice Winner

–          A copy of the book Close Up Photography in Nature

–          $200 worth of Focal press books of your choice!

About the Book:

In Close Up Photography in Nature, best-selling authors and nature photography pros, John and Barbara Gerlach share the tips and techniques necessary to successfully photograph the beauty all around you. They begin this book with a brief overview of the fundamentals before delving into some of the more advanced and unique challenges of close up photography. Topics covered include advanced flash techniques specific for close up shooting, as well as a discussion on focus stacking strategies and tilt-shift lenses for getting maximum depth-of-field. The Gerlachs also discuss their strategy of mixing flash with natural light when shooting close up, which opens up all sorts of photographic possibilities – opening up shadows, creating shadows, separating the subject from the background, reducing contrast between the subject and the background, improving the color rendition, shooting sharper images, and much more.

Guest Judges: John & Barbara Gerlach

John and Barbara Gerlach are professional nature photographers and teachers who have taken more than a million wildlife images since 1978 and run seminars and workshops all over the world. Their pictures have been published in Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, Popular Photography, National Wildlife, Sierra, Natural History, Petersen’s Photographic, Ranger Rick, Birder’s World, as well as books published by National Geographic Society, Sierra Club and others. John Gerlach is currently the Associate Editor for Nature Photographer magazine and together they have written 2 additional books for Focal Press – Digital Wildlife Photography and Digital Nature Photography. They are currently working on yet another book, Outdoor Flash Photography.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

THE 2014 FOCAL PRESS PHOTO CONTESTS:

About Focal Press’ New Photo Contest Platform:

For this year’s photo contests, Focal Press has partnered with Viewbug.com. Viewbug.com is a beautiful platform and it is very easy to use, as you will see!

ViewBug is an online photo contest community that provides the opportunity for photographers to share photos with chances to win prizes. With ViewBug, everyone can get an opportunity to be discovered. Unlike other photography competitions, ViewBug makes the photography contests fun and social by providing prizes by the best brands in the industry and including the most influential photographers as judges. Participants can also help judges select winners with a social media voting tool. ViewBug provides a slick profile to showcase your photos and different memberships to accommodate any type of photographer.

2014 Photo Contest Structure:

• This year there will be 6 contests

• Each contest will run for 8 weeks

• Entries can be uploaded during the first 6 weeks of the contest window

• During the last 2 weeks of the contest window, the  contest will be open for voting.

Prizes:

The prizes are bigger and better than ever!  Check to see what the prizes are for each contest.

For each contest there will be:

• A Grand Prize Winner and 2 Runner Up Winners that will be chosen by our Guest Judge.

• A People’s Choice Winner for the photo with the most votes.

Winners will be announced within 10 days of the contest closing.

Rules:

Photos: Share your best shot that fits the contest’s theme. Be creative and original!

Limit: 3 entries per participant

Participation: You must own all legal rights to submitted photos

Photo Format: Color, Black and White, edited formats are accepted

Copyright: You maintain the rights to all of your submissions

Judging: The contest winner will be selected based on the creativity, originality and quality of the photo in accordance to the contest’s theme.

Promotion:  Focal Press would like to use the winning photos to promote the contests on our Focalpress.com website, our MasteringPhoto.com blog and our Facebook page. We will check with the winners for permission to use their photos in this capacity before posting.

Questions? Concerns? Comments?

Email sloane.stinson@taylorandfrancis.com

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