My 2022 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition Results

American bullfrog sitting outside of pond on the pine needles on the ground at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.

November 02, 2021

I am very excited and honored to announce that my image of an American Bullfrog Sitting on Pine Needles has placed in the Top 250 of 2022 NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) Showcase Photo Competition. NANPA Showcase Photo Competition is an annual nature photography competition and is highly competitive among the many nature photographers who are members of NANPA.

NANPA Showcase Photo Competition has a jury panel of nature photography professionals that selects the Top 250 nature images from thousands of submissions. These submissions into the NANPA Showcase represent some of the best images produced by NANPA members which includes professional and amateur nature photographers. The NANPA Showcase Photo Competition for 2022 had 3,372 images submitted this year. So, I am very pleased and honored to have one of my seven images submitted into the NANPA Showcase Photo Competition for 2022 be selected as one of the Top 250 winning images.

NANPA Showcase Top 250

My image that was selected as a top 250 winning image in the 2022 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition was photographed at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia in September 2020. To photograph this American bullfrog, which was sitting on pine needles under a tree, I laid on the ground hand holding my long lens and using the ground to help stabilize my lens.

American bullfrog under a tree on pine needles on the ground at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.
American Bullfrog Sitting on Pine Needles, Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera with Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens, 1/20 sec, f/8, ISO 800

Other Results

As I stated, I had entered seven images in the 2022 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition in several different categories. I had four other images make the semi-finalist round. These images include a brown pelican silhouette head throw (Birds Category), red fox kit carrying a rabbit (Mammals Category), lotus up close (Micro/Macro Category) and a yellow-crowned night heron juvenile with fishing lure in mouth (Conservation Category).

Brown pelican silhouette head throw behavior on a winter sunrise on Mill Creek at Phoebus Waterfront Park in Hampton, Virginia.
Brown Pelican Silhouette Head Throw, Mill Creek, Phoebus Waterfront Park in Hampton, Virginia.
Canon 6D Mark II DSLR Camera with Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens on Gitzo tripod, 1/320, f/6.3 at ISO 3200.
Red fox kit carrying rabbit on an early spring morning in Hampton, Virginia.
Red Fox Kit Carrying Rabbit, Hampton, Virginia.
Canon 6D Mark II DSLR Camera with Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens, 1/2500, f/6.3 at ISO 5000.
Lotus up close on a summer morning at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.
Lotus Up Close, Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.
Canon 6D Mark II DSLR Camera with Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens, 1/2500, f/8 at ISO 640.
Juvenile yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea) with fishing lure dangling from its mouth during the low tide along the shore of Mill Creek at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia.
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron with Fishing Lure in Mouth, Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia.
Canon 6D Mark II DSLR Camera with Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens, 1/800, f/8 at ISO 800.

I enjoy entering photo competitions and view it as a way to see how my images measure up to other nature photographers. As a Top 250 winner, my American bullfrog image will be published on NANPA’s digital Expressions journal, NANPA’s blog page and NANPA’s public announcement of the Top 250 images. My image may also be included on NANPA’s social media channels or in NANPA promotional materials. Another added benefit of placing in the top 250 in the NANPA Showcase Photo Competition is the greater visibility and recognition of my work, for which I am grateful.

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Let’s protect our wildlife and nature!

All the very best,

Lori

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