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NATURE
Over $10 000 in Prizes

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Jordan McGrath

I open my eyes... A terrible sound resonates throughout my room... I twist and turn trying to ignore it, but I succumb to the blaring noise and reach for my phone turning off the alarm I set for 3:00 am. I hesitate, thinking to my self "why am I doing this, why" ... I force my self out of bed with what minuscule energy I have in me, grab my stuff, and head out the door, oh and I also put pants on to if you're wondering. Getting up that early can sure suck, but in the end I never regret it, especially when I get shots like this. For this photo I spotted a nice little patch of balsam root and decided to work with it. I always find getting up in the flowers face with wide angle really exaggerates the size and beauty of the flower, but you must have a simple, and fitting background with good light for the best result with this kind of photograph. The beauty of evaporated water AKA fog, is that it is very easy to work with color, and exposure wise. I darkened and warmed up the back ground to give it a surreal mood, whist cooling and adding contrast to the foreground, almost giving it a "moonlit" feel.

Hugo Graça

Jamie Taylor

From a series of my images of the Red foxes of Cavendish Prince Edward Island.

Hannes Koenig

I am an Austrian photographer living in Strasbourg France. This is a absolute perfect sunset in the lavender fields in south of France

Nico Fröhberg

Puffins always appear to be curiously inspecting visitors like me, such beautiful birds! Taken on the island of Hornøya in Arctic Norway.

The Brief

This month's theme is: NATURE.

Get Your Gear Out and create a beautiful photo. You can win some great prizes.


This is the biggest photo competition we've ever held. For this photo contest series that will end in December 2017, we've partnered with Matt Granger - a non-stop traveler, professional photographer and educator with over 500 000 YouTube subscribers. We are giving away over $10 000 in prizes, including the top of the line DSLR camera and a flight to New-York for a full day shoot with Matt Granger.


Winners of the month will get Luminar or Aurora HDR by Macphun. Plus there will be more prizes that we are going to reveal shortly. 




The Terms

  • Register a free Skylum account or log in, if you have an account already.
  • Follow the steps and submit photos that correspond the theme of the contest. 
  • Early in August, the Skylum Team and Matt Granger will announce the first 5 finalists. 
  • Finalists will get their choice of Aurora HDR or Luminar by Skylum. 
  • Make sure you submit the photos that you took.
  • The photos that you submit should be taken in month of July.
  • By submitting your photos to this contest, you allow Skylum to feature your photos on skylum.com, as well as in the Skylum newsletters and social media
  • Not every photo is guaranteed to be featured.
  • Winners will be announced on the Skylum Facebook page as well as on the contest page

The Prizes

Luminar & Aurora HDR by Macphun

Top level DSLR from Canon, Nikon, Sony or Paid trip to NYC for a full day photo shoot with Matt Granger

Featured Submissions

By Adriano Carrideo

By Abe Birnbaum

By Paul Dackermann

By Auston Mahan

By Michael Holzheimer

By Michael Lewington

By Ian Knight

By srikanth chelumuri

By Thelma Kelly

By William Ferrer

By Mirja Sirainen

By Auston Mahan

By Joni Rajaniemi

By Rishabh Kandari

By Bhathiya Divelgama

By Carlos Montoya

By Stefan Kirsten

By Ruslan Gonzalez

By Michael Fung

By Kim Fraser

By Dan Dring

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