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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.





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Orphydian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2021  Hobbyist General Artist
Our brand-new group has a certain affinity with your group scope. Ofc there is a lot of filtering and selection going on like there should be on any group. We kindly ask to affiliate with you.

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donnasueb Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Thank you for accepting my art!
DrkWolfe Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
this group is a joke Im out like many others before me
farcry77 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It's because this group is so old and admins are not active anymore :( 
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Professional Photographer
Don't let the door hit ya where the lawd split ya.
IdaNordstrom Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I just started writing my own little photography blog, and I would love to share it with some fellow photographers, so if you have time check out and maybe leave a comment or two, I would love to hear that someone feels the same way about their own photos, or just to share ideas and techniques.
Don't be a stranger! 
enaruna Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Is this group closed now?
nice521 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
the last pictures accepted in much categories were posted in 2015... not enough admins to vote anymore, seems to be a dead group I'll be your huckleberry! 
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