Queer Nature Photography Awards
Why the queer nature photography awards?
Nature is queer, but many people do not know this. That's a shame because by spreading this knowledge people can better understand that 'being queer' is natural and this (bio)diversity should be celebrated.
Queer nature and animal stories have the potential to:
Contribute to the self-acceptance of queers
Contribute to the acceptance of queers by non-queers
Reach new targets groups and involve them more in stopping the current extinction wave by combining queer nature stories with the state of nature.
The Queer Nature Photography Awards gives a stage to our colourful world and offers a fresh perspective on queer topics.
Shoot the perfect shot
Till August 31st it is your time to shoot that story about queer nature that you deem relevant.
Send in your perfect shot(s) (max of 3 per participant) with a paragraph description of what we see before the 31st of August (see criteria below).
The jury will gather in September to select the best 10 pictures.
The Awards Event
During the awards event in Amsterdam the top 3 will be announced
The work of the 3 winners will be featured in different media forms. Will you be one of them?
Empowering Queer Ecology
‘’An image speaks louder than a thousands words.’’ However the topic of queer ecology and queer animals has long been underrepresented. Making content about queer animals and nature scarce.
The queer animal photography awards hold the potential to celebrate queerness in nature whilst creating more content that can help in raising the awareness around queer nature.
Our Awards Criteria
A jury of 3-4 with varying backgrounds (from biology to antropology to photography), will score your pictures based on three criteria:
Power of the Image (visual and aesthetic appeal);
Story (mood; emotion; relevance; subject; impact): how does this relate to the queer community?, and;
General characteristic (originality; style; context; photographic vision)
We ask you to send in your pictures with a paragraph that tells the story of the picture (relevance; subject; impact). What do we see? And how does this relate to the queer community?
It is up to your own interpretation and that of the jury to judge what that means to them and how it resonates. The link with the rainbow community can vary from Eg. different genders in Fungi to a lesbian couple, etc. Your pictures have to be of good quality for print and publishing.
When participating in the award you agree that this image can be used by the Narwhal Rainbow Alliance and her partners in the promotion and aftermath of the award - always with full credentials to the creators.
Disclaimer: A biologist will do a small check on certain claims (eg. gender
of dimorphic animals), it will however be challenging to validate certain claims. The Narwhal Rainbow Alliance holds the right to withdraw the award if any false claims were made by the photographer that could have been foreseen.