contest is open from
january 1, 2018 to march 31, 2018
Nature’s Best Photography Asia invites all photographers to enter our fourth annual AWARDS COMPETITION specific to images taken in Asia, by photographers residing anywhere in the world. See map and country descriptions below to make sure your photographs are eligible. A selection of Winners from Nature’s Best Photography Asia will be displayed within the Nature’s Best Photography Annual exhibition opening in October at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. — one of the most widely respected and highly visited museums in the world.
|CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD||January 1, 2018 − March 31, 2018|
Asian Countries (50 countries)
Afghanistan / Armenia / Azerbaijan / Bahrain / Bangladesh / Bhutan / Brunei / Burma / Cambodia / China / Georgia / Hong Kong / India / Indonesia / Iran / Iraq / Israel / Japan / Jordan / Kazakhstan / Korea, South / Kuwait / Kyrgyzstan / Laos / Lebanon / Macau / Malaysia / Maldives / Mongolia / Nepal / Oman / Pakistan / Palestine / Philippines / Qatar / Russia / Saudi Arabia / Singapore / Sri Lanka / Syria / Taiwan / Tajikistan / Thailand / East Timor / Turkey / Turkmenistan / United Arab Emirates / Uzbekistan / Vietnam / Yemen
|PHOTOGRAPHIC SUBJECT||Any nature photograph in any of the five categories listed below taken in Asia.|
Wild animals (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc.—birds should be entered in the bird category) photographed within their natural habitat anywhere in Asia.
Dramatic scenes and unusual perspectives of Asia’s wild places providing expansive views, as well as images of plant life such as: flowers, trees, and other flora in their natural habitat. Please reference in your caption if your image was taken in a designated Wilderness Area.
The world of the sea photographed above, below, and around the ocean’s surface: tide pools, coral reefs, marine life, waves, landscapes, seascapes, and creatures who depend upon the ocean for survival. All shots must be from waters that border Asia.
Wild birds in their native habitats displaying plumage, mating rituals, territorial battles, nesting, feeding, parenting, or other behaviors, adults with young and portraits.
Close-up images of plants, animals, and miniature landscapes taken with micro/macro lenses.
High definition video has become an important tool in recording and sharing the wild. In addition to still captures, the editors at Nature’s Best Photography Asia are looking for views of nature and outdoor experiences through the eyes of videographers and filmmakers. Tell us your story, share your favorite experience, include clips of you or others in the field and the wildlife behavior you have observed.
The junior category is open to anybody under the age of 18. The following types of photos can be entered: wildlife, landscape, birds, ocean, small world and video. The junior division is not eligible for display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History or cash prizes.
|AWARDS||Grand Prize: USD $1,000, award plaque, photo displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Runner Up x 5: USD $500, award plaque, photo displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Category Highly Honored: Award plaque. (Five highly honored from each category) Lumix Award: Lumix Camera. Note: Junior category is not elegible for cash prize or exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.|
|ENTRY FEE||For each entry fee of $25 US dollars you may enter a total of 20 images.|
|EXHIBITION||A selection of Nature’s Best Photography Asia Category Winning photographs will be displayed in the annual Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. They will also be displayed in exhibitions throughout Asia.|
|INVITAIONS||Nature’s Best Photography Asia winning photographers will be invited to the annual Awards Ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Travel expenses are not included.|
|ENTRY METHOD||Enter Online|
|COPYRIGHT||Photographers own their own copyright and enter Nature’s Best Photography Awards competitions of their own free will. As a condition of having a photograph selected as a winning image, photographers agree to a non-exclusive transfer of worldwide rights allowing Nature’s Best Publishing, LLC (NBP) and Nature’s Best Photography Asia (NBPA) the following uses including, but not limited to: publishing the image(s) in upcoming issues of Nature’s Best Photography and Nature’s Best Photography Asia magazine, calendar, post cards and other promotional item related to the contest; hanging the image(s) in public exhibitions; and displaying the image(s) on the NBP and other websites; and using the image(s) to promote NBP and NBPA competitions. Non-exclusive allows the photographer to market the image as they choose. NBP and NBPA do not restrict future sales of the image, rather NBP enhances opportunities to market the photograph as a Winner in a very prestigious competition. Many photographers have found their sales to increase based in part on their participation in NBP award competitions.|
Create COPIES of your original images as low-resolution JPEGs (72 ppi) no larger than 500K for each of your images and follow the instructions online to upload.
ENTERING ONLINE: Photographers who have images that pass into the final round for judging will be required to supply high-resolution files (and RAW files if available. You may want to set your camera to RAW or RAW/Jpeg shooting format for best results), a complete caption, and your camera specifications before the final judging. Failure to supply all of the requested materials may lead to disqualification. NOTE: Information on how to send high-resolution files and accompanying caption information will be provided to you if your images reach the final round.
ALL PHOTOS MUST accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder. Nothing should be added to an image, and aside from dust spots, nothing should be taken away. Normal processing of RAW image files and limited adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable, as is minimal cropping. HDR photo stacking and panoramic stitching are permitted as long as all special techniques are disclosed on your entry form notes. Entrants must not infringe upon the rights of any other photographer or person, government regulations, or private land permissions, and MUST NOT ENTER IMAGES of CAPTIVE wildlife or be involved in the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment. Failure to comply with all of the contest provisions will lead to disqualification.
The winning photographs may be published in books and magazines published and sold by Nature’s Best Photography and its affiliates in the U.S. (NBP), Nature’s Best Photography Asia (NBPA) and/or Nature’s Best Photography Japan (NBPJ) and may be selected for gallery exhibitions and other Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards (NBPWSRIA) competition promotion opportunities, including, but not limited to, a compilation book or calendar, prints, sponsor presentations, electronic collections of winners and web pages providing NBPWSRIA information, updates, rules and photo tips.
The NBPA competition is open to all photographers except employees of NBP, NBPA and NBPJ and their affiliated entities including Nature’s Best Photography magazine. Your entry to this contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photographs, your name, occupation, city and state of residence to be published as selected award winners in Nature’s Best Photography magazines, print and digital exhibitions, events, and other public venues, published on websites owned by or in alliance with NBP, NBPA and NBPJ and/or NBPWSRIA as award winners; and used for promotions of NBPA and NBPJ and/or NBPWSRIA. Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to the use of their photographs. NBPA shall have the right to verify, in their sole judgment, winner eligibility. NBPA reserves the right to add or remove categories at its sole discretion.
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