“Capturing the Light” Photo Contest

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animalia photo competitionFor

Photographers recognize that they are not  photographing the tangible subject, but only the light that is reflected from it. The quality of the light, then — its intensity, direction, color, diffusion — often determines the success or failure of an image.

For this exhibit, we’re looking for images whose success rests in the?quality of the light — natural or artificial, harsh or diffuse, bright or dim — their subjects made extraordinary by the light that falls on them. All capture and processing methods are welcome.


  • 35 images for exhibition in the gallery
  • 40 for our Online Gallery.
  • All 75 selected images will be reproduced in the exhibition print catalog and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer’s URL.

Juror: Ann Jastrab

Image requirements: JPG/JPEG files only; approximately 2100 pixels (7 inches) on the longest side; 300 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution; a compression of 80% or higher, and sRGB color space is recommended, whether black and white or color.

Online submission of digital photographs via the website.


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