The Great Outdoors Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our The Great Outdoors photo call. We saw some incredible work from around the globe and settled, finally, winners and honorable mentions. To see the photos, please expand the gallery below and enjoy! We’re so thrilled with this beautiful and powerful set of pictures.

Winner – Markus van Hauten
Second – Joe Baumann
Third – John Haymore
Honorable Mention – Garret Weintrob
Honorable Mention – Nick Dale

Adam Mowery Gallery: The Great Outdoors

Adam Mowery is our Guest Judge for The Great Outdoors award. An accomplished professional, Adam has an impressive portfolio of both landscape and commercial work. His dedication to his craft, as well as his commitment to providing opportunities to others, is one of the reasons we’re so thrilled to have Adam as part of the Pursue Pictures community. Learn more about Adam, his motivation and his advice to aspiring photographers in his featured post here.
He’s generously shared some of his own favorite images in this gallery. We hope you enjoy!

Photo of The Week Gallery

Welcome to the PURSUE PICTURES Photo of The Week gallery, where we feature new selections from photographers who have truly captured something special. Our Photo of The Week gallery is open to new selections year-round and pays for publication to those who submit. Click on any of the thumbnails to enjoy and be inspired!

People and Places

Congratulations to the winners of our People and Places photo call. We saw some incredible work from around the globe and settled, finally, on four finalists and twelve honorable mentions. To see the photos, please expand the gallery below and enjoy! We’re so thrilled with this beautiful and powerful set of pictures.

Our four winners are:

  • PACU JAWI – by Mark Levitin
  • THE RAMNAMI – by Debdatta Chakraborty
  • DAUGHTER – by Alexander Kuzovkov
  • AMOUR BONDING – by Somraj Sahu

Landscapes

The beauty of the outdoors. A striking sunset, a river rushing through a quiet valley, or even the view outside your back deck. Landscape photography is popular for the obvious reason that it captures something special in the colors, composition, and vastness of the great outdoors. In this gallery, we’ve curated photography featuring landscapes and the outdoors at its best: big, beautiful, and maybe even a little heart stopping.

Candids

The joy of spontaneity. There is nothing more satisfying than a good candid picture. The random snap of your finger can capture movement, mood, people, places, and even animals in the act of being interesting. The result is photography that is filled energy and is a picture with high narrative quality. Subjects are often unaware they are being photographed, so candid pictures tend to have an honesty and vulnerability that is harder to showcase in a staged photo. Humor, sadness, power, energy: candids have it all… and so does this gallery. Be inspired and enjoy!

Animals

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ― Anatole France

Wildlife. One of photography’s favorite subjects. From the pets we share a home with, to the animals in zoos and those that still run wild, animals have been occupying a place in our picture frames — and our hearts — since images could be captured on film. They can be notoriously difficult to photograph, but when we get a good picture, especially one that showcases their depth, beauty, and humor, the result is memorable and powerful. Here we’ve curated a series of photos that feature perhaps our most beloved subject: animals.

Have a good picture of wildlife? Submit a photo!

Portraits

Portraiture is as old as photography itself. This classic genre captures people in non-candid moments and usually focuses on the face. Each of us has taken thousands of portraits, self-portraits, and photographs of people over the years, but what makes a good portrait? Steve McCurry believes that a good portrait is about connectivity. When you connect with the person in the photograph, it reveals something about the viewer and the subject, an element of the human condition whether it be an emotion, age, or location. In this gallery we’ve curated a series of photographs with a core of connectivity behind them. Each is technically strong, and all of them are special. Get inspired… take a look!

“We usually see parts of ourselves in others, so a good portrait should say something about the human condition.” — Steve McCurry.

Consider your own portraits in our People and Places category, now open for submissions.

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The Lost and The Forgotten

It’s easy to get caught up in photographing subjects that are classically beautiful. Colorful sunsets, a brand-new baby, the dew on a fresh spring flower — everyone loves pictures that capture or enhance attractive qualities, but there’s something to be said for photographs that might be described as ugly, desolate, or even scary. Pictures of trash heaps, a burned up forest — subjects that aren’t classically beautiful can be just as moving and poignant as a crystal clear ocean, and often, elicit more emotion. As famed photographer William Eggleston said, “I am at war with the obvious.” In this gallery we curated a series of photographs of subjects that are often lost or forgotten, that capture the allure of the ugly or unbalanced and remind us that any subject matter can be striking.

Pattern and Symmetry

Using repetition or showcasing it in a photograph is an effective tool to capture something special about a moment or object, especially a subject that may be easily overlooked. Buildings, flower petals, an old brick wall — our minds love to focus in repeating shapes, colors, and patterns. Consider taking a look at our Darkroom post about Pattern and Symmetry and the ways in which, juxtaposition, contrast, and emphasizing patterns is an effective way to capture symmetry. We’ve curated this gallery of “pattern as art” favorites to spark your imagination.

Got a great Pattern or Symmetry photo? Submit now!

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