Your Favorites of 2016

At long last, here are your favorite photographs of 2016. Each year, I ask readers to submit their own favorite photograph that they took last year. I’ve always loved this annual tradition (here is last year‘s). I’ve added a link to a website when available, too, if you’d like to see more (and you should).

Thanks for everyone who submitted, and enjoy!

Copyright Lisa Vietze

Lisa Vietze

Copyright Cally Peaco
Copyright Laurie McGowan
Copyright LeeAnne Mallonee

LeeAnne Mallonee

Copyright Angela Brown. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright William Ash. All Rights Reserved.

William Ash.

Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.

Terry Hire.

Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved.

Susan Guthrie

Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.

Ann Krumrein

Copyright Dave Clough. All Rights Reserved.

Dave Clough

Calls for Entries March 2017

“Mourning Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next calls for entry posted — first is “Black & White 2017” due February 28th (today!) and next is their annual “Center Forward” due March 29th.

The Maine Farmland Trust has a Visual Artist Residency that looks intriguing with applications due March 1st.

Center in Santa Fe has their annual set of awards, including the juried Review Santa Fe, with a final deadline of March 3rd. This is always a great one to submit to if your work is a good fit for it.

Hewnoaks Artist Colony on Kezar Lake in Maine has applications open for their 2017 artist residencies, with applications due March 4th.

Lensculture, the big online magazine, has their annual Portrait Awards call out with entries due March 7th. They offer feedback on the submission, as well.

The 10th annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards (open to women photographers) has entries due March 7th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has one upcoming call… “Taking Pictures: 2017” due March 8th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Alternative Processes” due March 12th and another entitled “The Contemporary Nude” due April 9th.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next calls for entries up, the first entitled  “Liquid” and due March 12th and the next entitled “Wandering Curves” due April 30th.

The Fence 2017, which creates giant, well, fence installations based on the winning photographic series, is accepting entries for 2017, with early bird submissions due March 14th and a final deadline of April 11th.

The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, has the call open for their 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition, with entries due March 17th. Always a good one for New England photographers…

The Monhegan Artists Residency is accepting applications (from artists with significant ties to Maine) until March 17th for their 2017 residencies. I wish I spend five weeks on one of these residencies!

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entry entitled“Intimate Portraits”, jurored by Joyce Tenneson and due March 27th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine has their annual Art 2017 call for entries (jurored by Corey Daniels), with entries due April 1st.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is accepting entries for their annual NightVisions exhibition celebrating the night sky, with entries due April 4th.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has their annual Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 competition, with entries due April 7th (midday, BST – British Standard Time?).

The SohoPhoto Gallery has their 2017 National Competition open for entries now, with submissions due May 1st.

The ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, CA has a call for entries up for The Art of Living, with entries due May 18th.

Fundraiser Sale for Environmental Causes

“The Tarn”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’ve decided to have a sale of six of my photographs to help raise money for environmental causes, with 100% of the proceeds going to a group of non-profit environmental organizations. These organizations are going to be essential to help fight the coming onslaught on environmental regulations and protected lands.

You can see and purchase the six photographs from my photography website if you are interested. All six photographs were created on public lands. I’ll be taking orders until this Sunday, March 5th, at midnight Eastern. Thank you!

February 2017 Full Snow Moon

“Hunger Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Well, this snuck up on me this month – today is the February’s full moon, commonly called the Snow Moon (which is very appropriate for weather right now in New England). I’ve not actually used that name for my past photographs of the February moon, going with Hunger Moon, Trapper’s Moon, Bone Moon, Storm Moon, and the Quiet Moon.

This month’s full moon comes with a penumbral eclipse, too — which basically means that the moon will appear a bit less bright than normal. This is not a full eclipse so you won’t see the Blood Moon kind of look, but you should be able to notice that the moon is dimmer than normal, particularly on the top/north side of the moon. The peak of the eclipse is 7:44 pm Eastern, and it starts and ends about 2 hours on both sides of that.

Here in midcoast Maine, moonrise will be at 4:50 pm with sunset at 4:59 pm.

Below I’ve included a few other February full moons from my full moon series.

“Bone Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Storm Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Trapper’s Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Call for YOUR Favorites of 2016

“Pyrotechnic #255”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’ve posted mine, and I’d love to post yours. Send along your favorite photograph that you took last year (to jim@jimnickelson.com) by midnight February 9th, and I’ll include it in my upcoming post (along with a link if you have one to your website). Here is last year’s list – there is always a great variety of excellent work.

Calls for Entries February 2017

“Mourning Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The Photographic Center Northwest has their annual juried exhibition coming up, with entries due February 5th.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Architectural Photography” due February 5th and another entitled “Alternative Processes” due March 12th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…first up is  “Portraiture: Mirror Mirror” due February 8th and next up is “Taking Pictures: 2017” due March 8th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The New  York Times is accepting submissions until February 12th for their free portfolio review — it is highly competitive being free and in New York, but I’m sure it would be great.

The PRC in Boston is having their annual EXPOSURE 2017 call for entries, with entries due February 26th. Please note that you need to be a member to apply. This will be the last exhibition in their current space as they are having to move away from BU on July 1st.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entry entitled “Alternative Processes” jurored by Dan Burkholder and due February 27th, and another entitled “Intimate Portraits” jurored by Joyce Tenneson and due March 27th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next calls for entry posted — first is “Black & White 2017” due February 28th and next is their annual “Center Forward” due March 29th.

The Maine Farmland Trust has a Visual Artist Residency that looks intriguing with applications due March 1st.

Center in Santa Fe has their annual set of awards, including the juried Review Santa Fe, with a final deadline of March 3rd. This is always a great one to submit to if your work is a good fit for it.

Hewnoaks Artist Colony on Kezar Lake in Maine has applications open for their 2017 artist residencies, with applications due March 4th.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next calls for entries up, the first entitled  “Liquid” and due March 12th and the next entitled “Wandering Curves” due April 30th (note the current link may change since it seems to be for a different show).

The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine has their annual Art 2017 call for entries (jurored by Corey Daniels), with entries due April 1st.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is accepting entries for their annual NightVisions exhibition celebrating the night sky, with entries due April 4th.

A presentation, exhibition, a book, a video, and a workshop…

I have a few quick updates about five things, ranging from tonight through August (as well as well that is ongoing). I’m making a presentation tonight at the Portland Camera Club about my night photography at 7 pm. Visitors from the public are welcome, too, and the location is at the Woodfords Club (179 Woodford Street in Portland).

A group exhibition entitled “Order and Chaos” opened today at Eastern Kentucky University that includes a piece from my Harmony of the Spheres project. You can find out more here.

I may have mentioned this before, but one of the many things keeping me busy the last few months has been writing my book on digital printing, which will be published June 2017 by Rocky Nook. I’m extremely excited about this and you’ll hear a lot more from me about this as we get closer (whether you want to or not!).

For those interested in night photography, my Craftsy course “Editing Techniques in Night Photography” is live, and you can use this link to get 50% off of my class (this is an updated link – my old one had expired).

And last but not least, I have the first of my 2017 workshops with Maine Media posted now. My “The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print” workshop will be August 20-26. You can find out more here.

Favorites of 2016

“Codex Natura #20”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every January I like to reflect back upon my work from the previous year (here is the list from last year), and I just went through that process on my website with twelve favorite photographs in a post here. Let me know what you think, too!

Another tradition around here is to post YOUR favorites from last year (here is last year’s list). So for any readers out there, send along your favorite photograph that you took yourself last year, along with a link if you have one, and I’ll include it in an upcoming post. I love seeing the amazing and varied work for everyone out there.

 

January 2017 Full Moon

“Wolf Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Tomorrow (January 12th) is the full moon and we may have a bit of a break in the weather here in Maine to actually see it. The moment of the full moon will occur tomorrow morning at 6:33 am (all times Eastern US). Tonight will actually be your best chance weather-wise here in Maine to view the full moon, with moonrise occurring at 3:50 pm and sunset following at 4:18 pm.

If you are lucky enough to be able to see past the atmosphere tomorrow, moonrise will be at 4:55 pm here in midcoast Maine (after sunset).

The most common name for January’s full moon is the Wolf Moon, named for the time of year when food and game were scarce and wolves roamed the snowy landscape. Other names that I’ve used for my full moon photographs in past years include the Quiet Moon, Moon of the Strong Cold, and the Great Spirit Moon. I’ve included a few past January moons here in this post, and you can see more of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project here.

“Quiet Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Strong Cold”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Great Spirit Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

 

Calls for Entries January 2017

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…first up is  “Black and White: 2017” due January 10th, 2017 and next up is “Portraiture: Mirror Mirror” due February 8th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

SohoPhoto Gallery has their 2017 International Portfolio Competition up now, with entries due January 11th, and their 2017 International Krappy Kamera Competition up, too, with entries due the next day on January 12th.

Flash Forward extended entries to their Emerging Photographers Competition (age 34 and under) to January 12th.

The Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL has their annual Lens 2017 photography exhibition up now, with submissions due January 17th. I don’t know much about this one, unfortunately, but it looks promising.

The Peter Miller Fine Art Gallery in Providence, RI, has their 3rd Open Call Photography Exhibition (juried by Paula Tognarelli of the Griffin Museum), with entries due January 22nd.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entry entitled “The Color of Light” due January 23rd and another entitled “Alternative Processes” due February 27th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next calls for entries up, the first entitled “Black & White 2016” and due January 23rd and the next entitled “Liquid” and due March 12th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next calls for entry posted — first is “Landscape” due January 25th and the next is “Black & White 2017” due February 22nd.

Aperture Magazine has submissions for their annual Portfolio Prize due January 25th — note that submissions are only open to subscribers.

Center in Santa Fe has their annual set of awards, including the juried Review Santa Fe, with discounted early fees due January 26th and a final deadline of March 3rd. This is always a great one to submit to if your work is a good fit for it.

The Photographic Center Northwest has their annual juried exhibition coming up, with entries due February 1st.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Architectural Photography” due February 5th.

The Maine Farmland Trust has a Visual Artist Residency that looks intriguing with applications due March 1st.