Opening: December 1, 2019
Deadline: February 29, 2020
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: $1,000, $2,000, valuable prizes
Authors from any countries can participate in the contest without restrictions.
The author may submit to the competition no more than 20 works; in the Landscape nomination, no more than 5 photographs may be submitted.
One photograph may be presented in one nomination only.
The photographs sent shall be made no earlier than five (5) years prior to the date of the work registration for participation in the competition.
- Reserved Russia
In this nomination photographs of animals listed in the Red Book of Russia or regional “Red Books” taken on the territory of nature reserves or national parks of the relevant region are accepted for participation.
- The Portrait of the Animal
Photos of any wild animals in close-up. In this nomination, the basic criteria shall be successful imaging of the animal’s character and “soul” through its emotions, eyes expression, pose, pace.
- Animals in their Environment
In this nomination, photos shall reflect the unity of the animal and its environment in the artistic and biological aspects. The photos shall be evaluated as an integral composition created by the nature and captured by the photographer.
Photos of representatives of the micro world (insects, spiders, invertebrates, small underwater animals) in their natural living environments. Images of subjects at any time of their life, interaction with other animals, species and the environment are welcome. In this nomination, the harmony and the artistic merit of the entire composition is a priority.
The nomination includes landscape photographs showing the beauty and the harmony of wildlife. Photographs shall not show any noticeable man made interference. Works shall be evaluated by the degree of their artistic merit and compositional perfection. The geographical position of the shooting point and the landscape type are not considered.
- The Underwater World
In this nomination, images taken underwater shall be accepted. A competition work shall show the freshness of the composition, the complexity of obtaining the frame, the drama. Photographs illustrating the uniqueness and the immensity of underwater ecosystems are welcome.
- Humans and Nature
This is a photojournalism nomination. In this nomination, photographs shall be accepted that show any interaction of wildlife and humans, such as: working in wildlife reserves; animals and people in zoos; people preserving wildlife; negative human impact on the environment.
- Animal Behaviour
Photos of wild animals (beasts, birds, amphibians, etc.) in their natural freedom. In this nomination, the uniqueness of the photo is a priority. The photograph shall show a point of interest in the animal’s life. Dynamic, emotional, eye-catching and original frames are welcome.
- New Technologies in Wildlife Photography
In this nomination, photographs shall be accepted that are taken by advanced remote photography methods: trail cameras, drones and other hardware.
- Art and Nature’s Image
In this nomination, the principal value shall be the light, structural and graphic solution of the entire composition as a whole. Photos showing animals, plants and mushrooms are welcome.
- Nature Through the Eyes of Youth
This category invites young photographers in the age group 13 to 17 years old to enter their best photographs, irrespective of the themes of the categories.
- Nature Through the Eyes of Children
This category invites young photographers in two age groups up to 12 years old to enter their best photographs, irrespective of the themes of the categories.
The competition winner in the Photographer of the Year nomination will obtain a cash prize of two thousand US dollars (USD 2,000).
The competition winners who won first place in their nomination will obtain a cash prize of one thousand US dollars (USD 1,000).
- Special Prizes
The laureates who won the second and the third places in their nomination will obtain valuable prizes and gifts from the Festival sponsors and partners.
Golden Turtle Photo Contest 2018 Winners
Photographer of the Year – Manuel Enrique Gonzalez Carmona
Animal Behavior Nomination
Harmony of Life Nomination
The Portrait of the Animal Nomination
The Underwater World Nomination
Art and Nature’s Image Nomination
Humans and Nature Nomination
New Technologies in Wildlife Photography Nomination