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Photo Contest 2015 by my-shots

The contest will be open from October 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015.

The Nature Photo Contest has been held by LightInspired Group since 2013 to provide an opportunity for photographers from DeviantArt and around the world to communicate and to enrich image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike. For the past 5 years, our LightInspired Group has joined more than two thousand  pro Nature photographers from more than 50 countries, and we look forward to viewing more of their amazing works.

Please enter your photographs to any of the contests three categories – “Sky, Weather and Night Photography”, “Landscapes, Seascapes and Waterscapes”, and “Macro Photography” to win great prizes from our Sponsors.

Nature Photo Contest of the LightInspired Group is proudly supported by leading image editing software companies - DxO Labs (General sponsor), Google Nik Software, Kolor, Topaz Labs, Alien Skin Software, Digital Film Tools and Helicon Soft.

DxO Labs
DxO Labs offers products and solutions that ensure excellence in digital imaging DxO Optics Pro, DxO, FilmPack, DxO ViewPoint are multi-award winning software packages for all demanding photographers. DxO One professional-quality connected camera was recently announced that pairs perfectly with iPhone, so you can take and share amazing photos anywhere. The most popular among advanced amateurs and professional photographers, DxO Optics Pro, is based on an exclusive approach of prior equipment calibration and includes powerful custom-fitted tools for processing RAW images. DxO Optics Pro lets you bring out the best in your photos in just a few clicks.  DxO Optics Pro is a must have accessory for supported DSLRs and high-end compacts.
DxO Optics Pro Elite Edition
Google Nik Software

Google Nik Software develops award-winning desktop and mobile software solutions and technologies for the professional digital imaging and consumer photography markets. This Company is a recognized leader in digital photographic products, including its patented U Point® technology and have won over 100 top industry awards for quality and innovation. The Nik Collection by Google with seven powerful plug-ins for Photoshop®, Lightroom®, or Aperture® gives you tools for everything from noise reduction and HDR imaging to creative effects and image sharpening (and lots more). Now you don’t have to choose between plug-ins - now you get the full set for one low price. 
Prizes: Google Nik Collection (include the last versions of the 7 products - Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Dfine)

Topaz Labs

Topaz Labs specializes in distilling the most advanced developments in imaging technology into useful software products for photographers. The Topaz Complete Collection is everything you need to create stunning photos and helps amateur and professional photographers accomplish common creative and corrective post processing tasks.  With 16 powerful and easy-to-use programs, users can quickly enhance their digital images with flexible adjustments that are easy to apply and customize - and often in just one click!
Topaz Labs Complete Collection (include the last versions of the 16 products - Topaz Adjust, Topaz B&W Effects, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Clean, Topaz DeJPEG, Topaz DeNoise, Topaz Detail, Topaz Glow, Topaz Impression, Topaz InFocus, Topaz Lens Effects, Topaz ReMask, Topaz ReStyle, Topaz Simplify, Topaz Star Effects, Topaz photoFxlab)

Alien Skin Software

Alien Skin Software has been producing cool graphics software since 1993.  Since then, Alien Skin has released a steady stream of highly regarded tools for photographers and graphic designers.  Distilling advanced math and cutting edge research into simple tools that render beautiful pictures.  The core software Photo Bundle includes all award-wining photography plug-ins: Exposure, Blow Up and Snap Art.  Each of these products enhances a professional workflow by improving image quality, saving time and providing creative freedom.  In combination, these products are even more effective.
Prizes: Exposure 7 and BlowUp 3


Kolor is the global leader in image stitching and virtual tour solutions with its Autopano and Panotour software.  The company has been rewarded many times for its expertise and innovation, including the Young Innovating Enterprise, Cera 2, Alysé and SFR Photo Innovation Awards, and enjoys technological partnerships with global information technology market leaders, including Intel and Nvidia.  Its technological advancements and commitment to the community make it a natural choice for those who wish to enjoy panoramic photography, virtual tours, or any other applications based on image stitching or 3D technologies.
Prize: Kolor Autopano Giga

Digital Film Tools

Digital Film Tools brings together the unbeatable combination of superior software designers, motion picture visual effects veterans, video editors and photographers.  Add three Emmy Awards and experience in creating visual effects for hundreds of feature films, commercials and television shows and you have a recipe for success.  The understanding of photography, film and video editing, and in particular visual effects, allows DFT to design productive and highly specialized software.  Software that is useful as well as easy to use.  The DFT Super Bundle includes full versions of: EZ Mask, Film Stocks, Light, PhotoCopy, Power Stroke, Rays, reFine and zMatte – all amazing Plug-Ins for Adobe Photoshop…
Prize: DFT Super Bundle for Photos - includes full versions of:  Film Stocks, Light, PhotoCopy, Power Stroke, Rays and reFine

Helicon Focus
This company makes innovative software for the creative photographer – Helicon Focus and Helicon Remote.  Helicon Focus is a focus stacking program where several partly sharp images are blended into one completely sharp image, and features powerful retouching tools and renders 3D models.  This software was originally designed for macro photography, but it can also be applied to other types of images, such as landscapes, still life, and even architecture.  Helicon Remote is a program for tethered shooting where it can automate focus (DOF) bracketing, advanced exposure bracketing (HDR) and time-lapse shooting.
Helicon Focus (Premium, Pro and Lite versions)

Entry Rules

  • Who qualifies?

The contest is open to everyone, whether professional or amateur and regardless of nationality, age or sex. Only members of the LightInspired Group and Affiliates** may enter.  From the beginning of the Contest until January 1, 2016 there will be FREE and unlimited membership to LightInspired Group.

  • Is there an entry fee?

Entry is free of charge.

  • How many pieces of work can I submit?

Submit no more than two (2) photographs per category

  • What to enter:

The three contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to the LightInspired Group and Sponsors:

  1. Sky, Weather and Night Photographyimages from expansive clouds, climatological, comets, auroras, the Milky Way, etc. For examples, please visit the LightInspired Gallery Folder – Sky
  2. Landscapes, Seascapes and Waterscapes — landscapes and plants, waterfalls, geological or similar processes and endeavors, photos capturing the movement of water. For examples, please visit the LightInspired Gallery Folders: Landscape | Plants | Waterfalls | Seascapes and Waterscapes
  3. Macro Photographycasually referred to as “close-up” photography, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size – insects, insect eyes, flowers, etc. For examples, please visit the LightInspired Gallery Folders:  Macro Florals | Macro Insects
  • How to enter:
Please submit photographs through the LightInspired Group web site and place them into the appropriate subfolder of the Photo-Contest Gallery:

The members of the LightInspired Group and Affiliates* can submit without registration.
You can enter multiple times as long as you do not exceed the number of works allowed. No further submissions will be accepted from entrants who have reached this number.
You can cancel the submission and re-submit any work during the entry period.
If you having problems uploading data, try reading the instructions on the entry form again. If you are unable to resolve the problem after reading the instructions, send a note inquiry to Serge

  • Entry deadline:

All entries must be received through the LightInspired Group web site by 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 1, 2016.

  • Judging:

Judging of the annual contest will be conducted by: :iconfoureyes: Bernie - , Nancy :iconanoya: - , Peter :iconaugenweide: - and Serge 

  • Prizes:

The Sponsors and LightInspired Group will award prizes, as follows **:    

Grand Prize: <DxO Optics Pro Elite Edition>        
Reader's Choice Award: <Google Nik Collection>  

Category Winners:

    Sky, Weather and Night Photography
1st  Place – Google Nik Collection
2nd Place - Exposure 7
3rd  Place – DFT Super Bundle for photos, BlowUp

    Landscapes, Seascapes and Waterscapes
1st  Place - Topaz Labs Complete Collection
2nd Place – Google Nik Collection
3rd  Place - Kolor Autopano Giga 

    Macro Photography
1st  Place - Helicon Focus Premium
2nd Place - Helicon Focus Pro
3rd  Place - Helicon Focus Light

The judges will select three finalists in each of three Categories giving nine finalists. We will notify the winners via the contact information provided at the time of entry.  The Admin's may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within fourteen business days.

Winning photographs will be announced in a special section of the LightInspired Group gallery on February 1, 2016.

The Reader's Choice Award winner will be chosen from the 9 finalists in the three Categories via a poll on February 15, 2016. 

The Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from the 3 finalists <1st Place Winners> in the three Categories via a poll on March 1, 2016. 

  • Additional information:

Photographs must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2010. 

We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos such as IR-photos and HDR images with "hard effects" and photo-montages.  Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or digital equivalents, are acceptable for all three categories.  Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. 

High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable (for example: scans after medium format film cameras).  Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution.  Choose only high quality images, and make sure that they are resized so that the full view is more than or equal to 800px wide or 600px high (without frames).  Photographs must be in a .jpeg (.jpg) format and sRGB colour space.

Please do not submit photos that are abusive, deceptive, pornographic, obscene, defamatory, slanderous, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.  Any images that break these rules will be immediately declined. 

Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible. 

The Admins of Contest may additionally ask artists about the exif data and collect a photographs metadata upon entry. We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail. 

The LightInspired Group and Sponsors reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion.  In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, the LightInspired Group and Sponsors reserves the right to award or not award the prizes at their sole discretion.  The LightInspired Group and Sponsors reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  Decisions of the LightInspired Group and Sponsors are final. 

Good luck to you all! Join & Share & Win!

* Affiliates:
** The number of prizes may be constantly extended until January 1, 2016 because of the new Sponsor’s support.

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safyia110 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the watch!  I know I don't upload often, but it's fave's and comments from everyone like yourself that keeps me going!  Huggle!
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave. :)
jxsnyder Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday!  :)
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Sparkle-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the watch! :D :heart:
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015   General Artist
Happy Birthday :D
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