The 2012 Editorís Pick Awards represent the "best of the best" of nature photography posted on the NPN website. As with the previous 10 years of this annual recognition of nature photography excellence, the process of selecting just 30 photos out of the thousands posted every year in the NPN image critique galleries is no small task.
The person posting the photo must be a member of the Nature Photographers Network in order to have their photo initially selected as a Weekly Pick
Their membership must be current at the time the moderators make their Editorís Pick Award selections at the end of the year
NPN staff Ė as listed on the staff masthead on the About NPN Ė are not eligible for the awards.
The Selection Process
Every week through mid-December, the NPN image critique gallery moderators select their favorite image of the week, which is then archived in the Weekly Pick Gallery. By the end of the year, 500 photos are archived - 50 from each gallery.
At yearís end (or more specifically, during the last few weeks of December), the moderators are then tasked with identifying their 5 favorite photos from the 50 they selected over the course of the year. These photos are then sent to me as the moderatorsí recommendations for an Editorís Pick Award.
The final process of selecting three photos from each gallery then falls to the NPN administration (Jim and Donna Erhardt). Here are the guidelines that are followed during this process:
There can be no multiple winners in any year. This means that if photos from the same photographer are selected for different galleries, we must decide which photo will be designated the winner.
We review all 500 weekly pick photos in the Weekly Pick gallery to see if any not on the moderatorís list stand out for consideration.
Out of the 30 photos that make the final cut, we designate the first, second and third place winners for each gallery. If the moderators recommend any photos for first place, their suggestion carries plenty of weight in the final decision.
Additional information on the Weekly Picks and yearly EPA can be found here.
We wish to congratulate all members who had their photos selected as a Weekly Pick in 2012. With the level of talent posting on NPN, this is no small accomplishment!
Our sincere thanks to the NPN moderators for their tireless effort over the course of the year. Watching over their galleries, posting photos and comments, making the weekly picks and inspiring us with their own extraordinary nature photography, they are in very large part what makes NPN such a special place for all nature photographers.
Once again, our congratulations to this yearís winners and to the NPN moderators for the great job they do. Without further adieu, the 2012 NPN Editorís Pick Awards!
Jim Erhardt is the founder of the Nature Photographers Network and the publisher of Nature Photographers Online Magazine. To this day he remains in awe of the incredible nature photography posted on the NPN website and is humbled to be your host. Jim and his wife Donna will continue to strive to provide the best online experience possible to all nature photography enthusiasts - this is why NPN was created and will always remain it's mission!
Comment posted by Wayne Jones on 01/06/13 at 2:11 pm
Jim, As usual, the EPA photographs are inspiring. The way that they are displayed in the slide show, however, makes them even more so. I'm sending the link to the truly impressive slide show on this months NPN home page to everyone I know. Thanks for making this all possible.
Upstate New York
The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again. William Beebe, 1906
Registered on 04/18/07, 952 Posts, 6431 Comments Comment posted by Steve Zimic on 01/07/13 at 08:21 am
What an awesome collection. The slide show format is fantastic and I love the click-through feature to the original post. I'll be sending this to everyone I know for sure.
The digital image is like a score of music, where Photoshop is the orchestra and you're the conductor.
Long Island, NY
Registered on 11/23/03, 176 Posts, 727 Comments Comment posted by Jim Erhardt on 01/07/13 at 7:20 pm
Wayne and Steve, thanks for commenting! New this year is the slide show will be preserved. In the EPA 2012 Gallery, the "About this Gallery" link leads right here.
Thanks again for posting your work on NPN!
Registered on 11/01/03, 245 Posts, 2421 Comments Comment posted by Rick Diffley on 01/07/13 at 8:07 pm
A big hat tip to everyone that makes the 2012 Editor's Pick Awards a big success! Congratulations to the first, second and third place winners! In my first year as a member I've been inspired and impressed with the quality of images submitted weekly.
~ Rick Diffley ~
Registered on 04/08/12, 52 Posts, 279 Comments Comment posted by Hali Sowle on 01/11/13 at 10:41 am
What an amazing collection of inspiring and gorgeous images. The slide show is just fantastic. Congratulations to you and the rest of the editors for putting it together and to everyone who's images were selected.
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