ENTER AND VOTE

CALL FOR ENTRIES:

The contests below are now open for submissions.
When voting starts, the entry period will be over and no further images can be submitted.
Check back after the voting starts so you can vote for your favorite. You will have one week to review the images and submit your two votes.
Winners will be announced at the next SFUPS meeting.

REMEMBER:

  1. Only TWO (2) entries per person per month.
  2. RESIZE your images (1400 pixels on the long side)
  3. DO NOT include your name in the image title (Ex: What’s That Thing!)
  4. RENAME your file using your photo title, month and category. Do not use spaces or special characters.
    DO NOT include your name. (Ex: WhatsThatThing-JuneMastr)
  5. Photos and videos are to be submitted within the context of the monthly contest subject descriptions. The board may reject any submitted image that does not fit the monthly subject description. Entries submitted at least 24 hours before the submission deadline will be allowed to submit an alternate entry if the board determines it does not meet the criteria.
  6. PLEASE DO NOT VOTE FOR YOUR OWN ENTRY! Votes for yourself will be deleted.
  7. Please do not submit an entry that has placed in a previous contest; it will be disqualified. You may submit an image or video you have submitted before if it has never won.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PHOTO CONTEST RULES

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE PHOTO SUBMISSION AND VOTING INSTRUCTIONS .pdf

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS .pdf

MARCH MASTERS CONTEST:

SHOT IN BAD VISIBILITY – WIDE ANGLE – Make the best use of low light/limited visibility to create a wide-angle shot in difficult conditions. For example, creating atmospheric shots with soft light, or making foreground shots pop against green water or a hazy background. No black backgrounds.
Submission deadline: March 2nd

GO TO MARCH MASTERS CONTEST

MARCH CHALLENGERS CONTEST:

SHOOTING TOP DOWN – WIDE ANGLE – In past contests, we’ve angled the camera upwards to shoot toward the surface. This time let’s turn the camera around and focus on an object directly beneath us. For example, the top of a huge brain coral. The photographer would hover over the coral to take the picture straight down and create an interesting image of the brain coral and the reef surrounding it. Or perhaps take a picture of a baitball, shark, or shipwreck looking straight down at it. Use your imagination to create an interesting top-down image.
Submission deadline: March 2nd

GO TO MARCH CHALLENGERS CONTEST

MARCH VIDEO CONTEST:

MANATEES – WIDE ANGLE – Depict the behavior of Florida’s gentle giants. 1 minute maximum.
Submission deadline: March 2nd

GO TO MARCH VIDEO CONTEST

APRIL MASTERS CONTEST:

BEAUTIFUL BEHINDS – ANY LENS – Show us your best shot of the “back end” of a creature. Can be any creature, but the shot must be taken of the rear of the subject. For example, manatees, whales, nudibranch gills, etc.

Submission deadline: March 30th

GO TO APRIL MASTERS CONTEST

APRIL CHALLENGERS CONTEST:

HIDING/SHYNESS – ANY LENS – Capture a shy subject hiding/peeking out. We’re looking for behavior that makes the subject appear bashful. The subject may be partially hidden and looking at the camera. It could be a fish hiding in cave or hole, a shy seahorse, puffers hiding in gorgonians, or marine life hiding in barrel sponges.
Submission deadline: March 30th

GO TO APRIL CHALLENGERS CONTEST

APRIL VIDEO CONTEST:

SEAHORSES – ANY LENS – Make the best possible use of ambient light ONLY to capture the behaviors of one of our favorite local subjects. Can be a single subject or a mating pair. Any entry using video lights will be disqualified. 1 minute maximum.
Submission deadline: March 30th

GO TO APRIL VIDEO CONTEST

MAY MASTERS CONTEST:

LONG EXPOSURE – ANY LENS – Shoot a long exposure (1/10 to 1 second) of a moving creature(s) with panning or rear curtain sync techniques which shows obvious movement but keeps the eye in focus.

Submission deadline: May 4th

GO TO MAY MASTERS CONTEST

MAY CHALLENGERS CONTEST:

BLACK AND WHITE – ANY LENS – Produce a black & white (BW) shot with any type of lens. A great shot will have dramatic contrast between the darks and lights. Can be processed in camera or in post-processing. Consider scenes like shipwrecks, close-ups of corals for light and dark textures, or high dynamic range shots of marinelife/seascapes.
Submission deadline: May 4th

GO TO MAY CHALLENGERS CONTEST

MAY VIDEO CONTEST:

ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM! – ANY LENS – This video will start with the critter zoomed as far out as possible. The goal of this video will be to showcase the dramatic effect of zooming in very close. The effect from large to small is what we are looking for, starting by placing a subject in its environment, then focusing on its distinctive features. This video may be made up of several examples of this effect. 1 minute maximum.

Submission deadline: May 4th

GO TO MAY VIDEO CONTEST