2018 is the Year of the Bird & Your Bird Photo Could Win Big!

Audubon has dubbed 2018 the “Year of the Bird” in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Something to think about if you’re looking for inspiration or the basis for your next photo adventure! For more information on Audubon’s Year of the Bird, click here!

Above are some of my favorite shots of our feathered friends from over the years. If you have a great bird shot you would like to share, post it to Instagram using hashtags #Audubon, #BirdsOfInstagram and #Birdstagram! Audubon is also holding a contest – so send in your best avian photo and win up to $5000!


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Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year

Happy Wildlife Wednesday! Have you created great imagery of the Maasai Mara? Enter it in The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year competition!

Sponsored by Angama Mara, The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year will win a cash prize of $10,000 USD, as well as an unforgettable all-expenses-paid 5-night safari in the Maasai Mara, with accommodation for two at lovely Angama Mara, a private vehicle at their disposal and return flights from Nairobi.

Your entry fees will go to support these important conservation organizations:

The Mara Elephant Project
The Maa Trust
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The Mara Conservancy
The Anne K. Taylor Fund.

Judging panel includes Federico Veronesi, Adam Bannister, and yours truly.

View the press release here, then enter early and often through October 31!

Happy New Year!

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Washington Wild Photo Contest & Tips from Art!

It’s officially summer, the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and beautiful public lands that  make my home state of Washington such a remarkable place to live, work, and play.

As the Honorary Chair for an environment nonprofit working to protect wild places here in Washington State, I am delighted to give local photographers tips and info for Washington Wild’s summer photo contest.

Here are some photography tips in support of a wild & green Washington!

First – as the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you! Take your camera out while hiking, climbing, and exploring – to capture the beauty of Washington’s stunning landscapes. Here are a few of my favorite tips to keep in mind when shooting outside:

  • Learn about the place you are visiting, but don’t be wedded to preconceived notions of what to photograph.
  • “Think small”, because even in the worst conditions you can still photograph a macro.
  • Try a tripod even though it adds bulk. It forces you to slow down and be more critical about your subject. It also allows for longer exposures.
  • Don’t be discouraged by bad weather. Overcast days make for richer colors, and fog and weather can add depth to the atmosphere and create unique opportunities to capture that rare once in a lifetime image!
  • Take a lot of photos, especially while photographing animals. You can cull similar or unsuccessful shots later, but you don’t want to leave any successful ones in the field!

Ready to go?! Snap away and send your best shots of Washington’s public lands and wild places to Washington Wild by August 7th!

For more information, check out Washington Wild’s photo contest rules & details.

Also, follow Washington Wild on facebook, twitter, and instagram to support their great work!

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Photography As Art Contest #1 Winner

Last month I held my first Instagram contest tied in with my Photography As Art seminars. Drawing from a range of topics I cover in these seminars, I chose color as the focus of this first contest, and the amount of fantastic entries was overwhelming.

In the end, we had to choose a winner, and although it took some time and help from my staff to narrow down these entries, we all came to a consensus on an image we were drawn too.

This capture by Gretchen Shepherd (instagram: @imagesbygretchen) stood out to us as a great use of color, combining off-camera colored glass work muted and reflected in the pond contrasted with the more vivid and brightly colored koi themselves.

Peeking Out

Congratulations Gretchen, and thank you to everyone who participated!

Gretchen has prints available of this image on her online store; click here to be taken to it!

Next week I will begin another contest in anticipation of the Photography As Art seminar happening in Boston on July 17th, and I look forward to seeing more of your entries. Follow me on Instagram to participate!

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