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Share the View - International Nature Photo Contest
Entry Period
October 15, 2018 -
December 5, 2018
Prizes
$1,000 Grand Prize
$2,500 in 10 prizes
Renowned Judges
Amy Gulick, George Lepp, Boyd Norton



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Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers!)

Thorny devil katydid
© Claire Waring
How do I submit photos for the contest?
Upload all entries directly to the website - no need to mail anything in. The files can be uploaded using the "Submit Photos" button on this website starting on October 15, 2018 at 12:01am (Mountain Standard Time) until December 5, 2018 at 11:59pm. Images may be original digital files or slides, negatives and prints that have been scanned and saved as a jpeg (or jpg) file. All files must meet contest specifications. Guidelines for preparing and uploading files can be found on the Image Specs page.
What subjects are acceptable to enter?
Subjects must be in keeping with the theme of nature and wildlife. All entries should accurately reflect the subject matter and scene as it actually appeared when captured with the camera. Images accepted in the Share the View contest can feature nature or wildlife subjects from anywhere in the world. Landscapes, flora, fauna, macro, aerial, behavior, portrait, underwater, urban wildlife, abstract, black & white, and atmospherics are among the subjects and styles that are acceptable. Domestic animals and plants, people, and the "hand of man" may be included, but wildlife, landscape or nature must be the featured element.
What subjects cannot be entered?
If the primary feature of interest is not nature or wildlife, it is NOT an acceptable subject for this contest. Also, wildlife owned by game farms may not appear in the photo. Game farms are defined as private for-profit operations whose primary income is generated from hiring out captive animals for photography, videography and film-making.
Do animal subjects have to be wild?
Although photographs of animals in the wild are favored over those taken under controlled conditions, wildlife sanctuaries, zoos and rehabilitation facilities are acceptable locations for contest images. These should be marked as "Captive" on the upload page. Animals from game farms, however are not allowed. Game farms are defined as private for-profit operations whose primary income is generated from hiring out captive animals for photography, videography and film-making. Use of live bait to attract or control subjects is not allowed. Please review our "Truth in Captioning" guideline for further details.
Can I use Photoshop or other image processing software?
Basic processing including, but not limited to, color correction, exposure adjustment, spotting, curves, levels, saturation, contrast, and cropping is acceptable. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are acceptable.
Is image manipulation allowed?
If the content of the image is changed or altered beyond normal processing (see definition under previous Q&A above), the "Photo Illustration" box must be checked on the upload page. Please review our "Truth in Captioning" guideline for further details.
How many photos may I enter?
You may enter as many photos as you wish.
Bighorn Ram
© Maureen Ravnik
Do I have to enter all my images at the same time?
No. You can come back any time up until the submission deadline to upload more images.
How much is the entry fee?
There is a $10/image fee to enter. Or you can enter 6 images for $50.
How do I pay the entry fee?
Enter your credit card information on the secured contest payment page. The vendor name on your credit card statement will be ASGD (Audubon Society of Greater Denver).
How do I know that you have received my entry?
You will receive a confirmation email from the contest system itemizing your submissions. Please be sure your mail program or spam filters are set to accept mail from "contestvenue.com".
Can I review the photos I've already submitted?
You can view your submissions at any time until contest closes by simply logging in to your account. You may also submit more images or replace ones that you have already submitted.
How will my photograph(s) be judged?
Judging consists of two rounds of scoring. In the first round, a panel of photographic experts review every entry for basic technical quality such as exposure, sharpness and whether it meets contest requirements for content and subject matter. Entries selected in round one proceed to round two, where the featured judges will score each image based on originality, quality and impact. Entries with the highest scores will be declared the winners.
What are the prizes?
A total of $2,500 in prize money will be distributed among the top 10 images as follows: One top prize of $1000 will be awarded. $250 will go to each of four first prize winners and $100 each to five second prize winners. The top 250 finalists will be displayed on the ASGD contest website during 2019. One finalist image will be featured on the home page of the contest site each day, and all 250 will be accompanied by the photographer's name, contact information and link to your website if desired.
When I submit a photo to the photo contest, what rights am I agreeing to give?
Copyright remains with the photographer and the only right granted to Share the View and the Audubon Society of Greater Denver is the non-exclusive right to use your winning (top 250) images in connection with the contest and promotion of future contests as long as the contest exists. Please read through the official photo contest rules for further information on the rights granted when submitting a photograph.
When will the winners be announced?
Winning photographers will be notified by the end of December, 2018. All other photographers will be contacted with their judging results by the end of December, 2018. The top 250 images will be viewable online at the contest website in early January, 2019.
Forest Fire
© Bence Mate
May I enter a photo that has previously been published?
Yes, you may enter a photo that has previously been published. By entering the image, you agree that there are no restrictions tied to the image that would prevent us from publicizing its win.
May I enter a photo that has previously won a contest?
Photographs that have won other major photo contests, either online or in print, as determined by the Share the View administrators, are not eligible for submission. We define winning as having won a grand prize or 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place overall.
How recently must I have taken the photo I enter?
There is no time limit on when a photo might have been taken, though advancements in photography have given certain advantages to images created in recent years and this may affect their ultimate judging.
Will my photography be seen online?
Yes. The top 250 finalists will be displayed on our contest website during 2019. One finalist image will be featured on the home page of the contest website each day, and all 250 will be accompanied by the photographer's name, contact information and link to your website if desired.
Do photos have to be taken with a digital camera?
No. Contest entries do not have to have been photographed with a digital camera. Scans of negatives or transparencies that were taken with traditional film cameras are acceptable as long as the files meet submission specifications found on the Image Specs page.
Can I enter images from my cellphone or tablet?
Yes, but you will still need to be able to resize your images to get the file size down to the contest maximum of 800KB. That's more difficult on mobile devices. Alternatively, you could transfer your images from your mobile device to a desktop/laptop and finish preparing them for entry there before submitting.
What should I include in the description of my photograph?
It is in the photographer's interest to include the name of the subject, location, and any information that makes the image content clear to the judges.
I accidentally uploaded the wrong photo and paid the entry fee. Can I delete my entry and submit a new photo?
Yes, you can come back any time up until the submission deadline and change your entries. You can upload a modified version, replace a photo with a different one, add more photos, or remove a photo. However, no refunds will be given for photos that are removed.
Are release forms required when submitting a photograph to the photo contest?
By submitting a photograph to the Share the View Photo Contest you warrant that you are the owner of the image, that you alone own the copyright, and that you have obtained any necessary third-party releases. If your photograph is selected as a winner of the contest, you may be asked to submit a personal release, a location release, or a model release.
Why won't my images upload?
Make sure your images meet the requirements on the Image Specs page.
Still have a question?
Email our support team at support@contestvenue.com


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