Your Favorite Photographs of 2017

Thanks to all who sent me their own favorite photograph of the last year. I posted my own favorites a few weeks back, and I’m happy to share photographs from some of my readers today. I’ll include them in the order I’ve received them (and if missed the deadline and would like to share, just drop me a note and I’ll add you in).

I’ll start things off with this absolute amazing photograph from John Stetson of the solar eclipse — but in a way I haven’t ever seen before, as the he took the photograph using a weather balloon and captured the moon’s shadow on the surface of the Earth during the eclipse.

Copyright John Stetson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Lisa Vietze. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright LeeAnne Mallonee. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.
ann Copyright Liv Kristin Robinson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Joe Corrado. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Kent Krugh. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Susan Davens. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Don Logie. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.

Calls for Entries February 2018

Curtis Light, Moonrise of Blue Moon, January 2018, Camden, Maine


Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England, so please find below my list for February 2018.

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… “Portraits: Image and Identity” due February 7th and “Taking Pictures: 2018” due March 8th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry “Capturing the Light” due February 12th and another entitled “Celebrating Women” due March 12th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Don’t Take Pictures magazine has a free call for entries for photographs of “Winter”, with entries due February 17th.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “The Still Life” due February 18th.

Center in Santa Fe has their annual batch of awards (as well as submissions for their juried portfolio review) all due February 28th.

The 11th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for women photographers are open now with entries due by February 28th.

The Maine Farmland Trust is accepting applications for their artist residency programs, with applications due March 1st.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next calls posted, one entitled “Portals” due March 4th and the other entitled “Urban/Suburban/Rural” due April 23rd.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado has one upcoming call: “Black and White 2018” due March 31st.

The Harlow Art Center in Hallowell, ME, is accepting entries for their 23rd annual juried show from Maine artists, with entries due April 1st.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with Still Point X due April 1st.

The CMCA in Rockland, ME is accepting entries for the next Biennial for all of you out there with Maine connections…entries will be accepted from until April 2nd.

 

 

 

Blue Moon Tonight!

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

…and if you are lucky, you saw a lunar eclipse to boot this morning before sunrise/moonset (we were not so lucky here on the East Coast of the US). I’d mention the supermoon aspect, too, but I do think that is a bit overhyped…but it is true that the moon will appear larger and brighter than average tonight.

I should also clarify that the moon will not appear to actually be blue tonight — a blue moon is a matter of frequency, with the second moon of the month or the fourth moon of a season commonly being called a blue moon.

Here in Maine moonrise will be at 5:06 pm, right after sunset at 4:44. Good luck viewing tonight!

Call for YOUR Favorite Photographs of 2017

 

“Jasper Beach Sunset #4”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every year I send out a call to readers for their favorite photograph they took or created in 2017 (you can see the list from 2016 here and from 2015 here). Soon I’ll do a new post for 2017 and include any submitted photographs (along with a link if you’d like). I always love to see what everyone has come up with over the year. So send along your favorite photo (email: jim@jimnickelson.com) if you’d like to be part of this fun project…

As for me, I’m still working on processing my own images from 2017, so it will be a few days until I can choose a favorite!

Calls for Entries January 2018

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, so please find below my list for January 2018. If one of your resolutions is to submit your work to more places, here are some opportunities…

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 Spiva Center for the Arts has their annual PhotoSpiva competition going now, with entries due January 1st, 2018.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with Global Citizens: Portraits due January 2nd, 2018.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Iphoneagraphy” due January 7th, 2018.

The Soho Photo Gallery has their annual International Portfolio Competition coming up, with entries due January 8th, 2018, and that is the due date for their annual Krappy Camera Competition as well. Their 14th Annual National Alternative Process Competition has entries due January 14th, 2018.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado has one upcoming call: “Landscapes 2018” due January 10th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…”Black and White: 2018″ due January 10th, 2018 and “Portraits: Image and Identity” due February 7th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “One” (jurored by Aline Smithson) due January 14th, 2018.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Myths, Legends, and Dreams” due January 15th, 2018 and another entitled “Capturing the Light” due February 12th, 2018. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Acadia National Park is accepting applications until January 15th, 2018 for its artist-in-residence program. Highly recommended as an alum of this program.

The Perspective Gallery has their Lens 2018 annual juried exhibition up, jurored by Paula Tognarelli of the Griffin and with entries due January 15th, 2018.

The annual and always-popular Maine Photography Show is now accepting entries, with final entries due January 26th, 2018.

The 11th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for women photographers are open now with entries due by February 29th, 2018.

The Maine Farmland Trust is accepting applications for their own artist residency programs, with applications due March 1st, 2018.

The CMCA in Rockland, ME will soon be accepting entries for the next Biennial for all of you out there with Maine connections…entries will be accepted from January 1st to April 2nd, 2018.

December 2017 Full Moon

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

December’s full moon is coming this weekend, with the moment of the full moon at 10:46 am on Sunday, Maine USA time. On Sunday moonset at 6:26 am and moonrise at 4:29 pm (all times local to Camden, Maine) both should be good viewing (and photographing) opportunities.

I’ve had pretty good success as part of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series in photographing the December full moon. Some of my favorite names from different cultures have been used for this moon as well, and included here are the Winter Maker Moon, the Long Nights Moon, the Cold Moon, and the Christmas Moon.

Enjoy!

“Christmas Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cold Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Long Nights Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Winter Maker Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Calls for Entries December 2017

“Sebec Lake Study #1”, 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, so please find below my list for December.

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 Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Shades of Black and White” due December 3rd and another entitled “Iphoneagraphy” due January 7th, 2018.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado has two upcoming calls: “Portfolio Showcase” due December 6th and “Landscapes 2018” due December 13th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…”Framed: Landscape Photography” due December 7th and “Black and White: 2018” due January 10th, 2018. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “The Decisive Moment” due December 11th and another entitled “Myths, Legends, and Dreams” due January 15th, 2018. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Lenscratch, the big photography blog, has their free calls for entries – and all submitted photos are posted, too. SNOW! is due December 18th and Your Favorite Photograph You Took in 2017 is due December 26th.

Lensculture Magazine has their annual Exposure Awards coming up, with entries due December 19th. I like their free reviews/comments that they provide, too, a relatively unique offering.

Black & White Magazine has their annual portfolio contest, and entries must be received by December 31st.

The Spiva Center for the Arts has their annual PhotoSpiva competition going now, with entries due January 1st, 2018.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with Global Citizens: Portraits due January 2nd, 2018.

The Soho Photo Gallery has their annual International Portfolio Competition coming up, with entries due January 8th, 2018, and that is the due date for their annual Krappy Camera Competition as well. Their 14th Annual National Alternative Process Competition has entries due January 14th, 2018.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “One” (jurored by Aline Smithson) due January 14th, 2018.

The Perspective Gallery has their Lens 2018 annual juried exhibition up, jurored by Paula Tognarelli of the Griffin and with entries due January 15th, 2018.

The annual and always-popular Maine Photography Show is now accepting entries, with final entries due January 26th, 2018.

The 11th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for women photographers are open now with entries due by February 29th, 2018.

The CMCA in Rockland, ME will soon be accepting entries for the next Biennial for all of you out there with Maine connections…entries will be accepted from January 1st to April 2nd, 2018.

November 2017 Full Moon

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

November’s full moon is coming soon – tonight (November 2nd, 2017) at 1:22 am, to be more precise (all times midcoast Maine). This evening, moonrise will be at 5:32 pm with sunset at 5:22 pm, making it a great viewing and shooting opportunity, weather permitting. Moonset Saturday morning at 7:25 am and moonrise on Saturday evening at 6:10 pm should be good also.

Some of my favorite full moon photographs from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project are from November, and I’ve included a few here. November also has many wonderful names for the full moon from different cultures, such as the Mourning Moon, the Dark Moon, the Kindly Moon, and the Frost Moon. Happy viewing!

“Mourning Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Mourning Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Kindly Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Frost Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Frost Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dark Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Calls for Entries November 2017

“Kindly 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, so please find below my list for November.

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 Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “The Abstract Image” due November 5th and another entitled “Shades of Black and White” due December 3rd.

The newly configured Panopticon Gallery in Boston has their First Look 2017 call for entries up, with submissions due by November 8th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has one upcoming call…”Color: Photography Now” due November 9th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Patterns and Shadows 2017”, with entries due November 12th, and the next (entitled “One” and jurored by Aline Smithson) due January 14th, 2018.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “The State of America” due November 13th and another entitled “The Decisive Moment” due December 11th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Print Center has their 92nd Annual International Competition coming up, with entries due November 14th.

The deadline has been extended for the 2018 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture with a $20,000 grand prize, with entries now due November 17th.

The Spiva Center for the Arts has their annual PhotoSpiva competition going now, with entries due January 1st, 2018.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with Global Citizens: Portraits due January 2nd, 2018.

The Soho Photo Gallery has their annual International Portfolio Competition coming up, with entries due January 8th, 2018, and that is the due date for their annual Krappy Camera Competition as well. Their 14th Annual National Alternative Process Competition has entries due January 14th, 2018.

The annual and always-popular Maine Photography Show will soon be accepting entries (on December 1st), with final entries due January 26th, 2018.

The 11th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for women photographers are open now with entries due by February 29th, 2018.

The CMCA in Rockland, ME will soon be accepting entries for the next Biennial for all of you out there with Maine connections…entries will be accepted from January 1st to April 2nd, 2018.

October 2017 Full Moon

“Sanguine Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved. Borestone Mountain, Maine

I’m a bit late in posting this, so I’ll keep this short — October’s full moon is coming up this week on Wednesday night. Technically the moment of the full moon is early Thursday morning, which means there will be good full moon viewing opportunities both on Wednesday and Thursday.

Moonrise on Wednesday is at 5:59 pm (all times midcoast Maine), moonset on Thursday morning is 6:11 am, and moonrise on Thursday at 6:30 pm.

The October Full Moon is often called the Hunter’s Moon in years when the Harvest Moon is in September (this year is somewhat in dispute as in some locations this is a Harvest Moon, and in others it is a Hunter’s Moon, because the full moon time is right on the edge). Other names I love are The Moon of Falling Leaves, Moon of the Ripening, Dying Grass Moon, and the Wine Moon.

You’ll find in this post some of my photographs from previous October full moons, and you can see my full moon project on my website here.

Enjoy!

“Corn Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Ripening II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Long Grass Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dying Grass Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Chestnut Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moonrise, Penobscot Bay”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Hunter’s Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.