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:bulletblue: APN Photography Features: Each Wednesday, we will post an APN feature showcasing some of the amazing artwork that was recently submitted to the APN gallery. The name of the feature is "APN Adventures".

:bulletblue: Interviews: This interview series will post once or twice per month. We will be asking questions of some of DA's talented nature photographers to get their thoughts and opinions on what is it to be an APN photographer and how the subject became their photography passion.

:bulletblue: Contests: The group will be holding regular contests every month. The themes will vary and the prizes will be fantastic! The contest journal will go live the first Sunday of the month that is runs. Entries will generally be open for three weeks, giving you plenty of time to come up with an idea and execute it for a chance at victory!

:bulletblue: APN News: One of our main goals is to bring DeviantArt's APN news to the forefront along with news we find off DA. We'll create a profile widget with links to helpful tutorials, interesting articles, and handy tips to help you improve and stay engaged with this dynamic category. Have news you would like to contribute? Send us the link via note.

:bulletblue: And More! We're always thinking of new ways to unite the APN community so stay tuned for future ideas from the team. And of course, if you have an idea you'd like to see us implement, send the group a note so we can take a look!

Where to Submit Your APN Photos!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 4, 2017, 6:11 PM
AnimalsPlantsNature
Your Home for APN Photography


Greetings, everyone!

Anyone who has spent any amount of time browsing the Animals, Plants, & Nature (lovingly and commonly referred to as APN) photography category on DeviantArt knows there are quite a few subcategories of all different subjects! Some are very specific and some can easily overlap one another. You may even have a photo that fits in an APN subcategory but fits an entirely DIFFERENT photography category too! Remember, your photo may fit more than one category but you can only choose one! You have to decide what you think the best fit is based on the subject matter and your artistic intention.

This guide was created to hopefully shed some light on where you should be submitting your APN photographs (and therefore where you should be submitting to the AnimalsPlantsNature group!). Each subcategory below will include the name, commonly overlapping subcategories, the description for the gallery, and a couple examples. Let's dive in!

Some things to keep in mind with the Animals, Plants, & Nature category:
  • This is a photography category. Paintings, drawings, literature, or crafted items (and pictures of these things) should be submitted to their respective categories.
  • APN is for living things (or things that were once living). The main subject should not be an manmade object or structure. Additionally, while people are living (and are technically animals >.>), photographs including people should be submitted to the People & Portraits category... Not APN! Hands holding a baby animal may be ok but stay away from full figures!
  • Speaking of structures... Manmade items should not be included in a typical APN photograph. If they are they should be discreet and not steal the show. For example, a landscape photo that is heavily centered around a small town would probably fit Urban & Rural photography better than APN. As long as nature is the main subject of your photograph, you are in the right category when choosing APN!
Now... Onward to the subcategories! Scroll through them all or click the one you're curious about to learn more!

Aquatic Life

Commonly overlaps Birds, Domesticated Animals, Flowers, Trees, & Plants, and Wild Animals.

Category Description:
Photographs of plants and animals living underwater.

Koi by LunaFelesJellyfish Munch by KimbellStarfish by foureyes
catch the stars by detail24Livingstonii by dampStamp

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be an animal or plant that is known to live or spend most of its time underwater.
  • Have a pet fish? You have a decision to make! This photo could fit Aquatic Life or Domesticated Animals. Have a photo of a penguin sunbathing on a rock? Again... Decision time! Could be Aquatic Life, but it could be Birds or Wild Animals!

Birds

Commonly overlaps Aquatic Life, Domesticated Animals, and Wild Animals.

Category Description:
Photographs where birds are the primary subject.

Least Tern Chick by Ryser915Morning Romance by DanielZrno
Flight.. by M-Atif-SaeedT.A.R.D.I.S by oki-okiKingfisher games by BogdanBoev

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be a bird. 
  • A photograph of your pet bird could also belong in Domesticated Animals. Similarly, a photograph of a flamingo could be submitted to Wild Animals. Or again that penguin could be in Aquatic Life! You can choose where you put those photos.

Domesticated Animals

Commonly overlaps Aquatic Life, Birds, and Reptiles & Amphibians.

Category Description:
Photographs of animals that have been domesticated (tamed to live with humans), as either pets or livestock, and which depend on humans for survival.

Don't look at me! by aoao2Sepia Horse by vadaleinNom nom by meganjoy
hello fish by ftouriniRun, Husky, Run by Lupinicious


Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be an animal that depends on a human to care for it.
  • You can have definite overlap here in multiple categories. Photographs of your fish tank friends could be submitted to Aquatic Life. Your parakeet perched in the windowsill could be submitted to Birds. 

Flowers, Trees, & Plants

Commonly overlaps Landscapes.

Category Description:
Photographs of plant life, such as trees, flowers, shrubs and herbs.

And cry for... by RezzanATAKOLGlory pt.VI. by realityDream
Into the Forest - 2018 Calendar by Miguel-SantosEarly Winter's Magnificence by MaximeCourtyLuminous Bliss by tvurk

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be flowers, trees, and/or plants. This could be a single flower or an entire forest scene!
  • Speaking of forest scenes... You could also see these in Landscapes. But just remember... If your main subject is a tree (or multiple trees) you may want to consider submitting those forest photographs here instead! On the other hand, if your photograph encompasses a vast piece of land with treetops spread over the distance, this would fit Landscapes better as the subject is the full scenery.
  • Flowers that are cut from the ground and arranged (in a vase, for example) should be submitted to Photography-> Still Life-> Cut Flower & Plant Arrangements.
  • Please note that mushrooms are not plants! These belong in the Fungi category.

Fungi

Should not commonly overlap another APN subcategory!

Category Description:
Photographs of fungi, such as yeast, molds, lichens, mushrooms and toadstools.

Old Ghosts by YuukonThe Seat of the Mind by Laanscapes
The Parasol by EmMelodyIn-flight by Expose42lamella by MartinAmm

Notes:
  • The subject of your photograph should be any type of fungus.
  • Fungi are not plants! These should not be submitted to Flowers, Trees, & Plants.

Geology

Commonly overlaps Landscapes.

Category Description:
Photographs of geological features, such as rocks and natural geological formations.

Upper Antelope Canyon 1 by AaronPlotkinPhotoLava River by porbitalCanyon Arch by StevenDavisPhoto
Natural Arch by SByrnesRed Flute Cave by FrozenWhisperx

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be any geologic feature in a natural environment. This includes rocks, rock formations, caves and caverns, and less obvious subjects such as sand grains, volcanoes, or lava spills.
  • If you are photographing a rock collection or any other type of geologic "display" (something not in a natural environment), these should be posted to Photography->Still Life->Other
  • Your photograph may be a geologic formation (i.e., the grand canyon) but also include plenty of land and sky. This photograph could be suited to Geology or Landscapes. The decision is yours based on what you want your overall subject to be... The formation (submit to Geology)? Or the entire scene as a whole (submit to Landscapes)?

Invertebrates

Should not commonly overlap another APN subcategory!

Category Description:
Photographs of invertebrates, such as insects, snails, arachnids and starfish.

Crab Cribrarius by Miguel-SantosSnails garden by meganjoyugly beauty by MartinAmm
Queen of the Sea. by OliviaMichalski.: Evening Sonnet :. by hellfirediva

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be any spineless creature! This is often referred to as the "bugs" category but as the description says, there are plenty of other subjects that fit here as well.
  • Oftentimes your photograph of an insect will include some plant life. If your main subject is the insect, submit to Invertebrates; however, if the main subject is the plant then you may want to consider submitting to Flowers, Trees, & Plants.
  • It is common for users to submit macro insect photos to Photography->Macro->Nature. Either category is correct but remember Macro is a technique-based gallery and your photo will likely be viewed for technical quality first over subject matter.

Landscapes

Commonly overlaps Geology, Waterscapes, & Weather and Sky.

Category Description:
Photographs of natural scenes that have land as their main focus, and which is usually free of man-made obstructions and human activity.

The Outer Shadow by alexandre-deschaumesLittle Winterberg by MartinAmm
Rophaien by TobiasRichterScotland 15 by lonelywolf2Kirkjufell Panorama by cwaddell

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be a larger-scale, natural scene where land or land features (i.e., mountains and valleys) are the key focal point. 
  • As discussed in the introduction of this article and in the category description, landscapes should typically be free of manmade structures and human activities. Remember, if there is a non-natural element to your piece--and it detracts from the main subject being nature--then you should submit to a different Photography category such as Urban & Rural.
  • Photographs that have a large weather/sky element or water element may fit better in their respective categories. Remember, the category should match whatever the main subject of your photograph is!

Other

Could potentially overlap any Animals, Plants, & Nature category.

Category Description:
Photographs of animals, plants, and nature that do not fit into any of the other categories.

The end of you too by deerArylide+Simply love+ by mARTy---
constellations by sandpiper764. zeitweilig. by Zeitwolf

Notes:
  • APN has a large variety of subcategories to submit your artwork to. Therefore, think carefully before submitting to the Other category. This category is strictly for nature photographs that do not fit an existing APN category.
  • If the main subject does not fit any APN category, have you considered a different category under Photography altogether?

Reptiles & Amphibians

Commonly overlaps Domesticated Animals and Wild Animals.

Category Description:
Photographs of reptiles and amphibians, such as lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders.

Afrogbat by biawakKevin the Tortoise by haleylunaCrocodilian by GreenEyedHarpy
lovely dinosaur by lisansDay Gecko by nakkimo

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be any reptile or amphibian, as described above.
  • It's possible your photograph may feature a reptile or amphibian alongside a different type of animal. Then you must decide where you want the viewer's focus to be (the reptile/amphibian or the other animal?) and choose a subcategory accordingly.
  • Because subjects in these photos may be very small, it's possible you have taken a macro photograph. If yours is a macro, it's possible to submit to either the APN category or the Macro category.

Waterscapes

Commonly overlaps Geology, Landscapes, & Weather and Sky.

Category Description:
Photographs of natural scenery that contains water as the main subject, including oceans, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes.

Paradise Awaits by DrewHopperThis is how it ends by hateomKaboom by aFeinPhoto-com
Spot the Shark by erezmaromBlackSands by alexandre-deschaumes


Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be a larger-scale, natural scene where water (oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.) are the key focal point. 
  • As discussed in the introduction of this article and in the category description, waterscapes should typically be free of manmade structures and human activities. Remember, if there is a non-natural element to your piece--and it detracts from the main subject being nature--then you should submit to a different Photography category such as Urban & Rural.
  • Photographs that have a large weather/sky element or land element may fit better in their respective categories. Remember, the category should match whatever the main subject of your photograph is!

Weather and Sky

Commonly overlaps Geology, Landscapes, & Waterscapes

Category Description:
Photographs of nature involving the sky or weather features as the most significant element.

A New Dawn by CapturingTheNightA sunset with grapes by NorbertKocsis
Abduction of Alliance by FramedByNatureElysium by 4burakfeLights 2 by Stuzal


Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be a larger-scale, natural scene where the sky is the key focal point. This can include daytime scenes with puffy clouds and nighttime scenes of starry skies or aurora borealis! Weather formations may include lightning or tornadoes (or if you're lucky, both in the same shot!)
  • As discussed in the introduction of this article and in the category description, weather & sky should typically be free of manmade structures and human activities. Remember, if there is a non-natural element to your piece--and it detracts from the main subject being nature--then you should submit to a different Photography category such as Urban & Rural.
  • Photographs that have a larger land or water element may fit better in their respective categories, depending on what your main subject is. Remember, the category should match whatever the main subject of your photograph is!

Wild Animals

Commonly overlaps Aquatic Life, Birds, and Reptiles & Amphibians.

Category Description:
Photographs of animals that do not typically live with people including captive wild animals.

buddies lll by serhatdemirogluWhere there is a Will, there is a Way by JulianRadUnder the rain by BogdanBoev
Red Fox In the Snow by thrumyeyeSiberian Tiger 2 by catman-suha

Notes:
  • The main subject of your photograph should be an animal that depends on a human to care for it.
  • You can have definite overlap here in multiple categories. Photographs of your fish tank friends could be submitted to Aquatic Life. Your parakeet perched in the windowsill could be submitted to Birds. 

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Thank you for checking out this guide for submitting your Animals, Plants, & Nature photographs! I hope you find it useful and I would love to see your thoughts, feedback, and artwork in the comments here! :eager:



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Submission Guidelines




:bulletgreen: Deviants will be able to submit up to 3 pieces each week. Deviations will require 3 Yes votes to be accepted.

:bulletgreen: You may only submit photography that has been submitted to one of the APN photography categories. Deviations submitted to any other category except those listed below will be voted "No" by our gallery moderators:

Aquatic Life
Birds
Domesticated Animals
Flowers, Trees, & Plants
Fungi
Geology
Invertebrates
Landscapes
Other
Reptiles & Amphibians
Waterscapes
Weather and Sky
Wild Animals

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Where to Submit Your APN Photos!Greetings, everyone!
Anyone who has spent any amount of time browsing the Animals, Plants, & Nature (lovingly and commonly referred to as APN) photography category on DeviantArt knows there are quite a few subcategories of all different subjects! Some are very specific and some can easily overlap one another. You may even have a photo that fits in an APN subcategory but fits an entirely DIFFERENT photography category too! Remember, your photo may fit more than one category but you can only choose one! You have to decide what you think the best fit is based on the subject matter and your artistic intention.
This guide was created to hopefully shed some light on where you should be submitting your APN photographs (and therefore where you should be submitting to the AnimalsPlantsNature group!). Each subcategory below will include the name, commonly overlapping subcategories, the description for the gallery, and a couple examples. Let's dive in

:bulletgreen: Featured Folder: You may submit here but please be aware that we only accept the best quality work into this folder!

:bulletgreen: We have a corresponding gallery folder for each APN subcategory. Please submit your pieces to the same category you submitted to on DA! For example, a photograph submitted to the Waterscapes category should be submitted to our Waterscapes folder. We may vote "No" on your submission if it is not sorted correctly.

:bulletgreen: Quality standards: We are not going to be elitist about quality! Again, we understand the nature of the APN gallery and that it is a category with a frequently-wide range of skill levels. That being said, we may reject photographs that we feel have excessive issues such as heavy blurring or over emphasis on man-made objects in the photograph (outside of the Domesticated Animals category).

If your photo is rejected, you're welcome to ask us for a brief reason in the submission comments. :)

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