Share the View - International Nature Photo Contest 10th_anniversary
Entry Period:
October 15, 2020 -
December 1, 2020
Prizes:
$1,000 Grand Prize
$4,000 in additional prizes
... and more
Contest Details:


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Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers!)

Entries & Fees
Fernando Boza photo
© Fernando Boza
How do I submit photos for the contest?
Upload all entries directly to the website. The files can be uploaded using the "Submit Photos" button on this website starting October 15, 2020 at 12:00am (Mountain Standard Time) until December 1, 2020 at 10:00pm MST. 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.
Can people appear in my photos?
Humans can be included in any image, but nature must be the primary interest.
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. Use of live bait to attract or control subjects is not allowed.
Do animal subjects have to be wild?
Animal subjects must be wild species. 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.
How much is the entry fee?
There is a $10/image fee to enter. Or you can enter 6 images for $50. So, you can submit 6 one time and then come back later and submit 6 more, for example. Or you can submit many at once in multiples of 6. e.g. 6 for $50, 12 for $100, 18 for $150, etc. Enter your credit card information on the secure contest payment form. The vendor name on your credit card statement will be Share the View.
How many photos may I enter?
You may enter as many photos as you wish. However, if you want to take advantage of the 6 images for $50 you need to finalize images in multiples of 6. So you can submit 6 one time and then come back later and submit 6 more, for example. Or you can submit many at once in multiples of 6. e.g. 6 for $50, 12 for $100, 18 for $150, etc.
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. If you're not sure if we consider a particular contest "major", send an inquiry to questions@contestvenue.com.
May I re-enter photos I submitted in previous Share the View contests?
If previous years' entries were not included in the Top 250, you may submit them again. Because judging is subjective and we change judges each year, your entries may be scored differently another time.
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.
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. However, if you want to take advantage of the 6 images for $50 you need to finalize images in multiples of 6. So you could submit 6 one time and then come back later and submit 6 more, for example. Or you could submit many at once in multiples of 6. e.g. 6 for $50, 12 for $100, 18 for $150, etc.
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. If you check Photo Illustration on the entry form, it helps the judges to read in the caption what warranted it.
I accidentally uploaded the wrong photo and paid the entry fee. Can I delete my entry and submit a new photo?
No refunds will be given for photos that are deleted after they are finalized and paid. However, you can come back any time until the submission deadline and change an entry by uploading a different photo. You may also change any text fields necessary during that step. There is no charge for photos deleted before they are finalized and the entry fee is paid.
Image Processing
James Esten photo
© James Esten
Can I use Photoshop or other image processing software? What processing is allowed?
All entries should accurately reflect the subject matter of the scene. Two types of entries are acceptable, those with only traditional modifications and "Photo Illustrations." Both types are described in contest rules #12 - 15. These rules explain what kind of image processing is allowed.
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 1024KB. 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.
Prizes
What are the prizes?
A total of $5,000 in prize money will be distributed among 20 images as follows: One Grand Prize of $1000, four $250 First Prize winners, five $100 Second Prize winners and ten $250 category prizes. In all, the top 250 scoring images will be displayed on the Share the View contest website during 2021. One finalist image will be featured on the home page of the contest site each day, accompanied by the photographer's name, contact information and link to your website if desired. See the Prizes page for complete details.
What's the difference between Top 250 and Semi-finalist?
The 250 highest scoring images (inlcuding prize winners) are displayed on the contest website with one featured on the homepage each day. Semi-finalists are images that succeeded up to the final round of judging, but did not make the Top 250.
Can I win an overall prize and also a category prize with the same image?
An image can only win one of the 20 prizes. If an image is a candidate for more than one prize, it would receive the award with the higher value.
How are winners chosen?
All images are scored together. The highest scoring images are reviewed and discussed by the judges on a conference call and winners are finalized. The highest scoring images in each category are also reviewed and winners are confirmed by the judges.
Support
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?
Scores are based on impact, originality, and photographic skill. Judging consists of two rounds of scoring. In the first round, a panel of photographic experts reviews 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 score each image. After all entries have been scored, judges then select the Top 250 photographs from entries with the highest scores and winners of cash prizes from the Top 250 entries with the very highest scores.
When I submit a photo to the photo contest, what rights am I agreeing to give?
Copyright remains with the photographer. By entering, photographers agree to allow Share the View administrators to publish their images on the website, on social media, and to use them in promotions for this and future contests. Unless photographers opt out on the entry form, their names and/or web links, and email addresses will appear adjacent to their images.
Tim Bryan photo
© Tim Bryan
When will the winners be announced?
All entrants will be notified by December 31, 2020. At that time, you will be instructed to login to your account on the contest website to view your results.
The Top 250 images will be viewable to the public online early in January, 2021.
Will my photography be seen online?
Yes. The top 250 finalists will be displayed on our contest website during 2021. 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.
Why won't my images upload?
Make sure your images meet the requirements on the Image Specs page.
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.
Still have a question?
Email our support team at support@contestvenue.com