Average Sportsman Doing it on Their Own!
Harrod Outdoors teams up with Work Sharp to host a monthly calendar photo contest. Anyone can submit photos and have a chance to win selected knife sharpeners from Work Sharp, have their photo appear in the annual The Northwest Outdoorsmen calendar, and receive a free calendar at the end of the year. Entering is simple, just send your best photo for the month to firstname.lastname@example.org and you are entered. Photos are judged by Harrod Outdoors based on creativity, quality of photo, content that matches the month, and general photo content (no excessive blood on fish or game and no illegal activities). The following are suggestions for taking photos of your outdoor adventures.
Taking photographs these days is pretty easy with smartphones and high-quality digital cameras. High tech equipment, however, doesn't guarantee you will take a good photo. Photographers still need to follow some simple rules for capturing the moment just right.
Framing the Shot. Some people have a natural eye for framing up the scene before snapping the photo. If you are new to photography, follow the "rule of thirds." For example, if taking a landscape shot, keep the sky to a 1/3 or less, the mid-ground of the main scene about 1/3, and foreground about 1/3 of the frame. The same applies if shooting a portrait of hunter or fishermen; head/eyes in the top third, big game or fish in the middle third or remainder of the scene. When taking portraits, or what some might call "hero shots" be sure to fill the frame with the subject rather than having landscape or waterscape all around the subject to the point where the subject seems small in the photo. If using your smartphone, we prefer landscape photos rather than portrait photos for purposes of publishing the calendar.
What to Photograph. Most outdoorsmen and women have a tendency to take "hero shots," where the hunters or fishers hold their catch or kill. These are great photos for memories, and we do like seeing them! If you do submit these, avoid excessive blood or tongues hanging out. Think about celebrating the harvest and honoring the fish or game animal instead of celebrating the kill. Typically, we are partial to the story of your adventures rather than how well you did. Show us photos of your kids or your buddy fighting a fish, packing out the elk of your dreams, the amazing sunset falling on you and your duck blind, your dog with an amazing retrieve, and so on. The Northwest Outdoorsmen TV show tells stories about average sportsmen and women hunting and fishing in the beautiful PNW. We know you all have stories, so send us your story in a photo or two!
No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. all Federal, State, Local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. This contest is open to anyone in the United States and Canada. Employees of Harrod Outdoors and other companies associated with the contest are not eligible. Entrants may submit as many photos as they would like each month. If a person is selected as the winner, they will be asked to provide their email and physical address so that the prize and calendar can be sent. Winners are notified at or near the beginning of each month and then a new contest for that month starts. The contest can be suspended at any time by Harrod Outdoors in the event of technical problems, lack of prizes, or another other reason. Entrants agree to release and hold harmless Harrod Outdoors from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the photo contest.