Nature Pairs Photography Challenge

I’d like to see a unique memory game compiled—sets of related pairs instead of identical pairs. I envision creativity combined with excellent photography to provide an exciting and educational dimension to a Nature Pairs Memory Game.

By pairs, I mean two pictures that are related, such as a male cardinal and a female cardinal. Or, perhaps a robin, and her nest full of blue eggs. Tree lovers might show a portrait of white oak leaves and another of white oak acorns. Or, it could be a tree flower and then the tree’s fruit.

Use your creativity to “invent” fun nature pairs. Photograph them using good photography techniques such as sharp focus, bright lighting, and uncluttered backgrounds.

Carefully caption each pair you submit so we can quickly follow your thoughts concerning why the two are a pair.

The game cards will have a letter/number code that makes the set easy to identify.

We like to give awards, and we like to give surprises. As I write this, I do not know what all awards we may choose to give for the Nature Pairs Photography. But let’s at least establish a grand prize that will go to someone.

Grand prize: Winner’s choice of a $150 gift certificate for Dogwood Ridge Outdoors products, or a $100 gift certificate to a camera store.

Who may participate: Families who are active subscribers.
Deadline: October 31, 2022
How to submit:
Label: Name, address, subscriber number.
Caption: Identify subjects and identify pairs.
Digital: Send high resolution digital files.
Mail: Nature Pairs Photography
Nature Friend
4253 Woodcock Lane
Dayton VA 22821
Email: NaturePairs at naturefriendmagazine dot com.
(High resolution jpeg attachments.)

Remember to always accurately label every submission. To correct a mistake, resubmit whole submission and add the required information. Accurate labeling is important for both mailed and e-mailed submissions.

For mailed submission, sandwich digital media between cardboard. A flash drive alone in an envelope will likely be ripped out during mail sorting in the mail stream.

To jump-start your creative juices, following are what some pairs could look like:

Nature Pairs Photography Challenge

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Clearly identify subjects and identify pairs.
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