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Shutterbug Photo of the Day

We’re launching a new Photo of the Day feature on Shutterbug.com where we spotlight our favorite images from readers.

Post your very best images in this gallery to be considered for Shutterbug Photo of the Day.

NOTE: Please include your real name and some background on the image (how and where it was shot; the story behind the image; gear and settings used etc.) in the description field to qualify for Shutterbug Photo of the Day.

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Picture This: Wildlife & Nature Photography

Wildlife and nature are favorite subjects our readers so we expect to see tons of amazing images for this assignment. But before you decide to submit every photo you’ve ever shot of a bird or flower, take some time sorting through your wildlife and nature images to pick out something truly special. Not only are we looking for the subjects to be in focus, we’d like to see wildlife and nature photos that offer a fresh and interesting perspective or tell some sort of a story. This should be a very competitive assignment, so give us wildlife and nature images that truly stand out.

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the July 2016 issue of Shutterbug

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Close-Up and Macro Photography

Are you ready for your close-up? You’d better be if you want to enter our next Picture This assignment. Macro photography has long been a favorite of readers so now’s your chance to show us your best close-up images. While there are many classic macro subjects to capture including flowers, plant-life and insects, try to push yourself and show us some close-ups we’ve never seen before. The key is to get the points of interest in an image as sharp as can be to draw the viewer into these often-microscopic photographic scenes. Think small but go big for maximum impact with your macro images.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the August 2016 issue of Shutterbug  

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Picture This: Dazzling Color

While it’s true that black-and-white photography presents a classic look that will likely never go out of style, if you want to create an immediate impression with an image, some stunning color certainly doesn’t hurt. This assignment is wide open: show us images of any subject you’d like as long as it has dazzling color in it. Photos could include everything from landscapes to still lifes to portraits or action shots. The only rule is don’t give us dazzling color just for dazzling color’s sake. Make sure it enhances the subject to produce maximum impact.

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the September 2016 issue of Shutterbug  

 

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Picture This: Fine Art Photography

Fine Art photography can include landscapes, cityscapes, macros, wide-angles, long exposures, abstracts, portraits, nudes, semi-nudes, black-and-whites, color photos, surreal photos, hyper real photos, nature photos and on and on and on. What we’re looking for are simply beautiful or striking images that show your vision as a photographer. Give us personal images you think are good enough to be hung on the wall of a gallery or museum.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the June 2016 issue of Shutterbug

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Picture This: Travel Photography

What makes a great travel photo? Many things, of course, but we’ve found that the best images always tell some sort of story. Don’t simply post a pretty picture. Beautiful photos are all well and good but they’re a dime a dozen these days. To set your travel photos apart, include some interesting elements in the frame that give a sense of place or context. We want to imagine we’re standing right there beside you, whether you’re taking a photo on a dusty street in Marrakesh, or turning your camera toward a vast plain in Montana.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Selected images will appear in the May 2016 issue of Shutterbug

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Wedding, Portrait, and Boudoir Photography

Show us your best wedding, portrait or boudoir images for this assignment. And, as you can probably guess, we’re looking for interesting angles on these popular photography genres. Give us wedding, portrait or boudoir photos that are striking and beautiful but don’t look like images we’ve seen a million times before. We want to see photos with an edge.

Deadline: December 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the March 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Food Photography

We’re looking for food (and drink) images that are not only beautifully composed, compellingly lit, and so appetizing-looking they make our stomachs growl, we’re looking for photos that capture cuisine from a unique or interesting angle. Food images can be still lifes or environmental or lifestyle photos where edibles and drinkables are prominently featured.

Deadline: January 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the April 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Photojournalism and documentary photography might sound like a tough assignment but think of it simply as capturing candid moments of real life. There are stories all around us just waiting to be told with our cameras. For this assignment, use yours to capture a scene or a situation that tells a story without manipulation. We want unstaged images that document real life in a revealing way. Or to bend the old cliché, we’re looking for pictures that are worth a thousand words.

Deadline: November 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the February 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Street Photography

Capturing powerful street photography images can be tougher than it seems. First, you have to be bold enough to shoot candid images of people on the street, most times without their permission. Secondly, we’d like to see street photography images that capture an emotion or tell a story; not just random shots of people walking down the street. To paraphrase the great Henri Cartier-Bresson, you’re looking for “the decisive moment.”

Deadline: September 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the December 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Shutterbug’s Nature Photo Contest
Nature photography has long captured the hearts and minds of amateur and professional photographers dedicated to capturing images of the great outdoors. Whether your passion is wildlife, landscape, or macro photography, we’d love to see examples of your best work.

Upload your best nature images here and have a chance to win a Tamron 150-600 mm lens valued at $1069.

Click Here First For Complete Rules

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Picture This: Extreme Outdoor Photography

Outdoor photography is great but it’s even better when you take it to the extreme. For this assignment we’re looking for images of dizzying mountaintops shot from harrowing angles, exploding volcanoes, dangling ice climbers, kayakers barreling through rapids, or stunning displays of weather. In short, we’re looking for outdoor images that make us see the awesomeness and danger of nature in the extreme.

Deadline: October 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the January 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Sports & Action

Shooting sports and action can really put your gear and your timing to the test. But there’s more to a great action shot than simply capturing the moment and making sure it’s in focus. For this assignment, we want to see sports and action images that have great composition, effective use of backgrounds and scenery, and powerful human emotion.

Deadline: August 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the November 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Images of Autumn

Autumn¹s crisp air and vivid colors signify the end of summer and bring to mind a great many things. For this seasonal assignment, we want to see images that express all of the wonders that Autumn has to offer us from bright foliage to the bounty of harvest time to dark Halloween frights.

NOTE: Please include your real name and some background on the image (how and where it was shot; the story behind the image, gear and settings used) in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Great Lighting

For this assignment, show us images that have great lighting. In terms of the light source, we’re not picky: it could be a completely naturally lit scene or something that was shot in the studio with 100% artificial light. Subject matter is also completely up to you. What we want to see are photos with beautiful light, which is really what photography is all about.

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the September 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: The Power of Black & White

Despite all the advancements in digital imaging, classic black-and-white photography never goes out of style. But just because a photo has been shot or converted to monochrome, doesn’t make it good. The choice to go black-and-white must have some meaningful relationship to the subject matter or scene to be effective. For this assignment, post your best black-and-white photos that use the dramatic impact of monochrome in a powerful way.

Deadline: July 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the October 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Gorgeous Landscapes

This assignment is deceptively simple: show us your best landscape photos. Yes, many of our readers have posted some amazing landscapes in our image galleries on Shutterbug.com over the years but the challenge is to show us something that is both beautiful and original. Go!

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the August 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Wildlife and Nature

Take some time sorting through your wildlife and nature images to pick out something truly special for this gallery. Not only are we looking for the subjects to be in focus, we’d like to see wildlife and nature photos that offer a fresh and interesting perspective or tell some sort of a story. This should be a very competitive assignment, so give us wildlife and nature images that truly stand out.

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Selected images will appear in the July 2015 issue of Shutterbug.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Fine Art Photography

Fine Art photography can include landscapes, cityscapes, macros, wide-angles, long exposures, abstracts, portraits, nudes, semi-nudes, black-and-whites, color photos, surreal photos, hyper real photos, nature photos and on and on and on. What we’re looking for are simply beautiful or striking images that show your vision as a photographer. Give us personal images you think are good enough to be hung on the wall of a gallery or museum.

Deadline: March 1, 2015

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Low-Light Noir

Post dark and moody images that recall classic "film noir" movies. We're looking for gritty, high contrast images, preferably in black and white, captured in low light conditions. Color photos are fine too but make them shadowy and mysterious: think Edward Hopper, not Walt Disney. Film grain effects or even digital noise are encouraged, just as long as it suits the subject.

Deadline: February 1, 2015

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Winter Wonder

Post images that think outside the box about winter photography. While photos of snowmen and sledding are nice, we’d like to see images from you that capture the true splendor of winter’s power and beauty, not just a seasonal cliché. Give us winter with a sense of wonder.

Deadline: January 1, 2015

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: The Decisive Moment

Post images that exemplify what French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson called "the decisive moment," i.e. real-life subject matter that's captured neither too early, nor too late, but at the peak of emotion and expression.

Deadline: December 15, 2014

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Rich and Color-Full

Send us images with "those nice bright colors..."
Deadline June 15

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Picture This: Echoing Forms

Reinforcing the main subject--content or shadow. Deadline July 15.

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Picture This: Panorama
In-camera or stitched: Deadline August 15

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Red!
Send us images screaming Red, Red, Red! Deadline September 15

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Backlight
Send us images where backlight or strong directional light dances with the subject. Deadline October 2014.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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Picture This: Bokeh, Shallow Depth of Field
Post striking images that have a “bokeh" (blurred background) effect with a very shallow depth of field. Deadline November 15 2014.

NOTE: Please include your real name in the description field to qualify for this assignment.

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General

Photos not sorted into any of the categories below.

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Flash & Strobe

Fill flash, studio & on location

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Wide & Super Wide

Maximizing depth of field; the super wide view

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Digital Doings

Using plug-ins, special effects & composites

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Depth of Field

Shallow & deep

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Travel & Location

On the road, with camera

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Monochrome

Black and white, toned or neutral

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US National Parks

Images from our nation's wonderlands

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Outdoor & Nature

Scenics, Locations

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Macro Photography

Closeups

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Shutter Speed Effects

Fast & slow, take your pick

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Portraits

Candid and formal, natural and artificial light

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HIGH ISO Image Gallery

Images made at ISO 1600 and above

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Nikon D3000 Images and User Group

Post photos, compare notes

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