Quality light is an essential ingredient in successful photography. Harsh and directly overhead, it can lead to overexposed images or fine details lost in the shadows. But skillful use of light and patience behind the shutter yield compelling images. A slight change to light’s direction or intensity can alter a photograph’s mood, draw the eye’s focus or create captivating first-glance illusions.
Our next Shutterbug Photography Contest tasks entrants show their grasp of “Light and Shadow.”
In addition to striking use of light, composition and subject matter will be considered in choosing the winners.
Images can include people or not, and they can be selfies. They do not have to be taken in Tennessee. As you accept this challenge, please stay safe. We don’t want anyone to take a tumble in the name of the Shutterbug contest.
- The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. For the purposes of this competition, you are considered a professional if you regularly sell your images or garner more than 50 percent of your income from photography.
- Photographs must have been taken by you.
- A photographer can enter no more than three photographs. There is no cost to enter.
- All entries must be made online. We won’t accept prints for this contest. Use the form below to upload your photograph(s).
- Employees of Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and their immediate families are not eligible to win.
- Please include the name of each recognizable person, if any other than yourself, in your photograph. It is the photographer’s responsibility to have the subject’s permission to enter his or her image in the contest. You must include the subject’s name and contact information with your submission. Omitting any of this information can result in disqualification.
- By entering the contest, photographers automatically give The Tennessee Magazine permission to publish the winning images in print and digital publications, to social media and on websites.
“Light and Shadow”
Entries must be entered online by midnight (Central Standard Time) on Monday, Jan. 16. Winners will be published in the March issue.
Judges will select a first-, second- and third-place winner in each division and age group. These prizes will be awarded: First place wins $150, second place $100 and third place $50.