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Our Mission Statement & Submission Rules


:bulletgreen: QUICK REFERENCE

Read the full rules before submitting to avoid rejection.

1 submissions per month;
No big intrusive watermarks;
Nature photos only in any gallery except Travelscapes (Man & Nature);
Photos with notable evidence of humans MUST go into Travelscapes (Man & Nature);
Misclassified photos will be rejected.

:bulletred: WHO WE ARE.
We are serious nature photographers that represent the Photography-Animals-Plants-Nature group on deviantART. Our goal is to showcase some of the best nature photography on dA.
Within our pages you will also find tips, tutorials, thoughts and ideas on issues that nature photographers face.

Anyone can join. Membership approvals are automatic but submissions are not automatic. We want your very best so read the submission rules.

:bulletred: TUTORIALS
Tutorial submissions are welcome into the Tutorial Gallery.
Links to other tutorials which we believe are quite useful can be found in the group blog at….
There is also excellent help at many web sites such as at Digital Photography School…

:bulletred: CRITIQUES
Declined submissions will not be critiqued.
Very obvious rule violations, wrong categories, obvious poor quality and photos with other plainly visible problems may or may not receive reasons for rejection, depending on the work load at that time.
We try, but do not promise, to give the main reason(s) for declining where the reasons are less obivious.

:bulletred::bulletgreen:SUBMISSION RULES :bulletyellow: READ BEFORE SUBMITTING :bulletgreen::bulletred:

It takes 5 “YES” votes to be accepted or 5 “NO” votes to be rejected. It can require as many as 9 voting members to decide on a submission and that sometimes takes several days, depending on the number of members that are available.

Large, intrusive watermarks will be rejected.
Watermarks for the purpose of image protection MAY be accepted. However, they must be discrete, subtle, unobtrusive, opaque marks not advertising posters for your business or web site.

Photographs with notable or significant evidence of humans should be submitted to the TRAVELSCAPES (Man & Nature) gallery.
This is also the gallery for domestic animals.
Noticeable human intrusion in photos submitted to other galleries may result in them being declined.
Photographs in all galleries MUST show mostly nature or they will be declined.

These galleries are where most photographs should be submitted.

Images for the Featured gallery are either chosen by the Contributors/Mods/Admins from the themed galleries or they are Admin submissions which were selected by voting.

Share your favs with us, from your personal favs collection!
These images will be voted upon the same way as Themed gallery submissions but they require fewer (3) votes.
The same quality standards apply but there is a larger limit to the number of favorites
that you can submit and non-members may also submit Favorite suggestions.
DO NOT FAV YOUR OWN PHOTOGRAPHS. They will be rejected.

Submissions must be voted into the galleries. We decline a LOT of photos in order to avoid flooding message centers with mediocre images.
We also decline a lot of submissions because they are submitted incorrectly.
We try to apply very high standards for approving submissions because we want to show our best work and the best nature photography from across dA.

HDR, blended exposures & Panoramas are accepted because the finished work is a single photographic image.
Collages, calendars, multi-stychs and other multi-image constructions are not generally acceptable although the Administration may make case-by-case exceptions. Constructed images ARE acceptable as illustrations within a tutorial.

You are not required to make comments.
However, information about the photograph (not about your adventures getting it) is often helpful to the voters as they consider accepting your photograph.
If there isn’t EXIF shown, consider including camera settings. Also, consider telling which lens was used; whether a tripod or flash was used; what species or phenomenon is shown; what is the location (not just a local name that’s meaningless to most of the world); these are always interesting.

:bulletred: EXCEPTIONS
Notwithstanding any rule or practice, the Administration may accept a non-conforming photograph if it is felt that the photograph is of really exceptional quality or subject matter or if it portrays some exceptionally rare or unique phenomenon or photographic technique.

PLEASE look through our galleries to see the level of the submissions which we accept. We are picky and make no qualms about it.

Here are some of the common things to avoid in order for your photographs to be accepted.

:bulletblue: Avoid posting very small or very large photos.
Good viewing size is about 1000 to 1200 pixels wide and 700 to 800 pixels tall, not counting any border.

:bulletblue: Avoid heavy, overpowering or otherwise poorly suited borders.
We want to see your photographs, not your talent in other graphic arts.

:bulletblue: Avoid technical problems.
Things like movement blur, central composition, bad exposure, tilted horizon line or poor focus are usually easy to see. These things can have specific artistic use but usually they are just annoying.

:bulletblue: Avoid submitting photos that show dirt spots.

:bulletblue: Avoid posting to the wrong category.
Such miscats are usually rejected without consideration.
If you mistakenly submit to the wrong category, withdraw the miscat and resubmit to the correct gallery. Do not leave the same photo in two categories. Both will likely be rejected.

:bulletblue: Avoid double submissions.
It sometimes takes a few minutes before your receive a correspondence message acknowledging your submission, especially on a slow connection. If a double submission does occur, you should immediately withdraw the extra submission.

:bulletblue: Avoid heavy manipulation or heavy post processing.

:bulletblue: Avoid an unnatural overall appearance.

:bulletblue: Avoid showing animals in unnatural settings or unnatural habitat.
Zoo and domestic animals MAY be accepted but there should be no evidence that the animals are in confinement. Ear tags, collars, fences et cetera are generally unwelcome.

:bulletblue: Avoid having your insects or other small subjects becoming lost in the habitat and overpowered by their surroundings.
The insect, not the leaf it’s sitting on, is the subject.

:bulletblue: Avoid the common, everyday shots of flowers & animals, sunrise & sunset et cetera.
Aim for some special element that stands out from the zillion similar photos.

:bulletblue: Avoid sky shots with only the sky.
Sky photos need to have some drama and visual interest. They need some thing to see other than just pretty colour or a cute cloud formation.

:bulletblue: Avoid carelessly or poorly composed photographs.
There are well accepted “rules” for pleasing composition. Departure from “normal” composition should be for deliberate, thoughtful purpose, not just an excuse for poor work.

:bulletblue: Avoid posting images of generally poor, snapshot quality.

:bulletblue: Avoid submitting similar images (such as monotone & colour versions of the same photo) or a series with the same subject.
Submit only one representative photo from a group or a series.
Provide a link to the rest of the series in the “Comments” section.
If similiar photos are discovered after acceptance, one or more of the similiar photos may be removed from the group gallery.

:bulletblue: Avoid resubmitting a photograph that has been declined.
Resubmissions are acceptable when a photograph has been altered to correct some problem or to get it into the correct gallery.
The reason for the resubmission should be stated in your “Comments” section.

:bulletblue: Avoid submitting photographs obtained by harassing wildlife.
Flushing birds to get flight shots, provoking snakes to strike and spraying water on insects to simulate dew are examples of unethical and stressful practices.
In case you have been wondering why several hundred members have apparently left the group, they are all deactivated accounts which I have been culling.
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JestePhotography Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
So..closed for submissions until further notice?
Yuukon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015   Digital Artist
Heya, I wanted to join but join requests are closed? 
Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for requesting my eagle portrait shot, it was a lovely suprise at the end of a bad day!
lightrae Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
I'm glad it helped a wee bit, Kelly.
It really has a nice, almost studio, look about it.
Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks so much Lightrae, her place in the mews luckily gets great light while having that dark backround which gives some great results
jonathanjessup Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thank you again for the requests!! That was a great surprise for the day! 
lightrae Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
You are welcome, Jonathan.
I don't spend nearly enough time cruising galleries but I've got my eye on a couple others.
Your highland images are of special note and I tried to chose representative shots. 
The granite, blueberry bushes and weather formed trees are typical of much of my own area and difficult to capture well, with or without the fog.
There's a certain feel that eludes most photographers (including me).
You succeed in getting clean, well lighted shots of seemingly mundane scenes. Perhaps not everything appeals to everyone ....... no surprise there ....... but I appreciate the level of workmanship that shows in the small details of light and composition.
TripleHearts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for requesting my "Beyond Words" photo! I am honored.
catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Photographer
TripleHearts Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Photographer
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