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Where to Submit Your APN Photos!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 4, 2017, 6:11 PM
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Greetings, everyone!

Anyone who has spent any amount of time browsing the Animals, Plants, & Nature (lovingly and commonly referred to as APN) photography category on DeviantArt knows there are quite a few subcategories of all different subjects! Some are very specific and some can easily overlap one another. You may even have a photo that fits in an APN subcategory but fits an entirely DIFFERENT photography category too! Remember, your photo may fit more than one category but you can only choose one! You have to decide what you think the best fit is based on the subject matter and your artistic intention.

This guide was created to hopefully shed some light on where you should be submitting your APN photographs (and therefore where you should be submitting to the AnimalsPlantsNature group!). Each subcategory below will include the name, commonly overlapping subcategories, the description for the gallery, and a couple examples. Let's dive in!

Some things to keep in mind with the Animals, Plants, & Nature category:
  • This is a photography category. Paintings, drawings, literature, or crafted items (and pictures of these things) should be submitted to their respective categories.
  • APN is for living things (or things that were once living). The main subject should not be an manmade object or structure. Additionally, while people are living (and are technically animals >.>), photographs including people should be submitted to the People & Portraits category... Not APN! Hands holding a baby animal may be ok but stay away from full figures!
  • Speaking of structures... Manmade items should not be included in a typical APN photograph. If they are they should be discreet and not steal the show. For example, a landscape photo that is heavily centered around a small town would probably fit Urban & Rural photography better than APN. As long as nature is the main subject of your photograph, you are in the right category when choosing APN!
Now... Onward to the subcategories! Scroll through them all or click the one you're curious about to learn more!

Aquatic Life

Commonly overlaps Birds, Domesticated Animals, Flowers, Trees, & Plants, Invertebrates, and Wild Animals.

Category Description:
Photographs of plants and animals living underwater.

Koi by LunaFelesJellyfish Munch by KimbellStarfish by foureyes
catch the stars by detail24Livingstonii by dampStamp

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be an animal or plant that is known to live or spend most of its time underwater.
  • Have a pet fish? You have a decision to make! This photo could fit Aquatic Life or Domesticated Animals. Have a photo of a penguin sunbathing on a rock? Again... Decision time! Could be Aquatic Life, but it could be Birds or Wild Animals!

Birds

Commonly overlaps Aquatic Life, Domesticated Animals, and Wild Animals.

Category Description:
Photographs where birds are the primary subject.

Least Tern Chick by Ryser915Morning Romance by DanielZrno
Flight.. by M-Atif-SaeedT.A.R.D.I.S by oki-okiKingfisher games by BogdanBoev

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be a bird. 
  • A photograph of your pet bird could also belong in Domesticated Animals. Similarly, a photograph of a flamingo could be submitted to Wild Animals. Or again that penguin could be in Aquatic Life! You can choose where you put those photos.

Domesticated Animals

Commonly overlaps Aquatic Life, Birds, and Reptiles & Amphibians.

Category Description:
Photographs of animals that have been domesticated (tamed to live with humans), as either pets or livestock, and which depend on humans for survival.

Don't look at me! by aoao2Sepia Horse by vadaleinNom nom by meganjoy
hello fish by ftouriniRun, Husky, Run by Lupinicious


Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be an animal that depends on a human to care for it.
  • You can have definite overlap here in multiple categories. Photographs of your fish tank friends could be submitted to Aquatic Life. Your parakeet perched in the windowsill could be submitted to Birds. 

Flowers, Trees, & Plants

Commonly overlaps Landscapes.

Category Description:
Photographs of plant life, such as trees, flowers, shrubs and herbs.

And cry for... by RezzanATAKOLGlory pt.VI. by realityDream
Into the Forest - 2019 Calendar by Miguel-SantosEarly Winter's Magnificence by MaximeCourtyLuminous Bliss by tvurk

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be flowers, trees, and/or plants. This could be a single flower or an entire forest scene!
  • Speaking of forest scenes... You could also see these in Landscapes. But just remember... If your main subject is a tree (or multiple trees) you may want to consider submitting those forest photographs here instead! On the other hand, if your photograph encompasses a vast piece of land with treetops spread over the distance, this would fit Landscapes better as the subject is the full scenery.
  • Flowers that are cut from the ground and arranged (in a vase, for example) should be submitted to Photography-> Still Life-> Cut Flower & Plant Arrangements.
  • Please note that mushrooms are not plants! These belong in the Fungi category.

Fungi

Should not commonly overlap another APN subcategory!

Category Description:
Photographs of fungi, such as yeast, molds, lichens, mushrooms and toadstools.

Old Ghosts by Yuukon
The Parasol by EmMelodyIn-flight by Expose42lamella by MartinAmm

Notes:
  • The subject of your photograph should be any type of fungus.
  • Fungi are not plants! These should not be submitted to Flowers, Trees, & Plants.

Geology

Commonly overlaps Landscapes.

Category Description:
Photographs of geological features, such as rocks and natural geological formations.

Upper Antelope Canyon 1 by AaronPlotkinPhotoLava River by porbitalCanyon Arch by StevenDavisPhoto
Natural Arch by SByrnesRed Flute Cave by FrozenWhisperx

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be any geologic feature in a natural environment. This includes rocks, rock formations, caves and caverns, and less obvious subjects such as sand grains, volcanoes, or lava spills.
  • If you are photographing a rock collection or any other type of geologic "display" (something not in a natural environment), these should be posted to Photography->Still Life->Other
  • Your photograph may be a geologic formation (i.e., the grand canyon) but also include plenty of land and sky. This photograph could be suited to Geology or Landscapes. The decision is yours based on what you want your overall subject to be... The formation (submit to Geology)? Or the entire scene as a whole (submit to Landscapes)?

Invertebrates

Should not commonly overlap another APN subcategory!

Category Description:
Photographs of invertebrates, such as insects, snails, arachnids and starfish.

Crab Cribrarius by Miguel-SantosSnails garden by meganjoyugly beauty by MartinAmm
Queen of the Sea. by OliviaMichalski.: Evening Sonnet :. by hellfirediva

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be any spineless creature! This is often referred to as the "bugs" category but as the description says, there are plenty of other subjects that fit here as well.
  • Oftentimes your photograph of an insect will include some plant life. If your main subject is the insect, submit to Invertebrates; however, if the main subject is the plant then you may want to consider submitting to Flowers, Trees, & Plants.
  • It is common for users to submit macro insect photos to Photography->Macro->Nature. Either category is correct but remember Macro is a technique-based gallery and your photo will likely be viewed for technical quality first over subject matter.

Landscapes

Commonly overlaps Geology, Waterscapes, & Weather and Sky.

Category Description:
Photographs of natural scenes that have land as their main focus, and which is usually free of man-made obstructions and human activity.

The Outer Shadow by alexandre-deschaumesLittle Winterberg by MartinAmm
Rophaien by TobiasRichterScotland 15 by lonelywolf2Kirkjufell Panorama by cwaddell

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be a larger-scale, natural scene where land or land features (i.e., mountains and valleys) are the key focal point. 
  • As discussed in the introduction of this article and in the category description, landscapes should typically be free of manmade structures and human activities. Remember, if there is a non-natural element to your piece--and it detracts from the main subject being nature--then you should submit to a different Photography category such as Urban & Rural.
  • Photographs that have a large weather/sky element or water element may fit better in their respective categories. Remember, the category should match whatever the main subject of your photograph is!

Other

Could potentially overlap any Animals, Plants, & Nature category.

Category Description:
Photographs of animals, plants, and nature that do not fit into any of the other categories.

The end of you too by deerArylide+Simply love+ by mARTy---
constellations by sandpiper764. zeitweilig. by Zeitwolf

Notes:
  • APN has a large variety of subcategories to submit your artwork to. Therefore, think carefully before submitting to the Other category. This category is strictly for nature photographs that do not fit an existing APN category.
  • If the main subject does not fit any APN category, have you considered a different category under Photography altogether?

Reptiles & Amphibians

Commonly overlaps Domesticated Animals and Wild Animals.

Category Description:
Photographs of reptiles and amphibians, such as lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders.

Afrogbat by biawakKevin the Tortoise by haleylunaCrocodilian by GreenEyedHarpy
lovely dinosaur by lisansDay Gecko by nakkimo

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be any reptile or amphibian, as described above.
  • It's possible your photograph may feature a reptile or amphibian alongside a different type of animal. Then you must decide where you want the viewer's focus to be (the reptile/amphibian or the other animal?) and choose a subcategory accordingly.
  • Because subjects in these photos may be very small, it's possible you have taken a macro photograph. If yours is a macro, it's possible to submit to either the APN category or the Macro category.

Waterscapes

Commonly overlaps Geology, Landscapes, & Weather and Sky.

Category Description:
Photographs of natural scenery that contains water as the main subject, including oceans, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes.

Paradise Awaits by DrewHopperThis is how it ends by hateomKaboom by aFeinPhoto-com
Spot the Shark by erezmaromBlackSands by alexandre-deschaumes


Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be a larger-scale, natural scene where water (oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.) are the key focal point. 
  • As discussed in the introduction of this article and in the category description, waterscapes should typically be free of manmade structures and human activities. Remember, if there is a non-natural element to your piece--and it detracts from the main subject being nature--then you should submit to a different Photography category such as Urban & Rural.
  • Photographs that have a large weather/sky element or land element may fit better in their respective categories. Remember, the category should match whatever the main subject of your photograph is!

Weather and Sky

Commonly overlaps Geology, Landscapes, & Waterscapes

Category Description:
Photographs of nature involving the sky or weather features as the most significant element.

A New Dawn by CapturingTheNightA sunset with grapes by NorbertKocsis
Abduction of Alliance by FramedByNatureElysium by 4burakfeLights 2 by Stuzal


Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be a larger-scale, natural scene where the sky is the key focal point. This can include daytime scenes with puffy clouds and nighttime scenes of starry skies or aurora borealis! Weather formations may include lightning or tornadoes (or if you're lucky, both in the same shot!)
  • As discussed in the introduction of this article and in the category description, weather & sky should typically be free of manmade structures and human activities. Remember, if there is a non-natural element to your piece--and it detracts from the main subject being nature--then you should submit to a different Photography category such as Urban & Rural.
  • Photographs that have a larger land or water element may fit better in their respective categories, depending on what your main subject is. Remember, the category should match whatever the main subject of your photograph is!

Wild Animals

Commonly overlaps Aquatic Life, Birds, and Reptiles & Amphibians.

Category Description:
Photographs of animals that do not typically live with people including captive wild animals.

buddies lll by serhatdemirogluWhere there is a Will, there is a Way by JulianRadUnder the rain by BogdanBoev
Red Fox In the Snow by thrumyeyeSiberian Tiger 2 by catman-suha

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be an animal that depends on a human to care for it.
  • You can have definite overlap here in multiple categories. Photographs of your fish tank friends could be submitted to Aquatic Life. Your parakeet perched in the windowsill could be submitted to Birds. 

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Thank you for checking out this guide for submitting your Animals, Plants, & Nature photographs! I hope you find it useful and I would love to see your thoughts, feedback, and artwork in the comments here! :eager:



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A category-by-category guide to help you submit your Animals, Plants, & Nature photographs to the correct category on DeviantArt! This guide makes use of DA's category descriptions, stunning example images, and some tips for your submission. Your feedback and questions (and artwork!) are encouraged in the comments. Enjoy!

This was made primarily for the use of AnimalsPlantsNature group members; however, anyone with an interest in nature photography on DA may find it useful.
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017   Photographer
I'm glad my tiny little mushroom served as an example. Thank you Jen :heart:
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AgnosticDragon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Is there any order of priority where something fits into multiple categories? Just to take some examples, most animals are going to fit into either the domesticated or wild animals category along with another category, and there is a lot of overlap with aquatic life.
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
In the case of something that fits in multiple categories, I would submit to whichever one I most want the viewer to focus on :nod:
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Invertebrates can overlap with Aquatic Life as well as, potentially although more rarely, with Domesticated Animals.
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm true, invertebrates can definitely overlap. But because I am only listing "common" overlaps, I probably won't include Domesticated Animals in Aquatic Life at this time because it really is far less common :nod:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
The perfect guide to hopefully prevent too many miscats in APN :clap:

And thank you for taking the time to put this togeher :aww:
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure! Glad you find it useful :D
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
good stuff
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:iconjenfruzz:
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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BGai Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Hi Jen, thanks for this clear description. I would be interested to know where there group sits in accepting an image that is submitted under APN but is clearly a photo manipulation eg filters and other effects added that can change the original quite a bit, but still look quite natural. Generally these should be under Digital - Photo Manipulation to my way of thinking, but I do often see them submitted under APN when browsing for my groups. Would you still accept them?
I ask because I miss out on submitting to this group quite a bit because I put them in what I think is supposed to be the correct category - Digital and I wonder if I should do the same as many others and put them in APN :) I also ask here because I have seen quite a lot of discussion about this sort of issue with photo manipulation and thought it may clarify for some others with your group too. An example is this one -
Something to brighten your day by BGai
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
For the image you posted, I would absolutely post that to APN and not Photomanipulation. Photomanipulation, IMO, is when you're taking images and creating something new with them... not simply enhancing an image you have. A filter is just something applied to a flat image to alter how it appears, it doesn't alter what is inherently is. A photomanipulation is having a photo of a dog and adding a balloon to it. Touchup, changing the color of something, increasing or decreasing the contrast... I don't consider any of that to really be photomanipulation :shrug: You still have what you started with.
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BGai Featured By Owner Edited Dec 11, 2017
OK, that makes sense! Thanks Jen for the clarification - more APN to come from me then!:D
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Stuzal Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the feature. I like being an example! 
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:iconjenfruzz:
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You have great pieces to use as examples! :bow:
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