It finally—finally—feels like spring. Time to get out there and enjoy it. For this week's Shooting Challenge, shoot a photo of the best season of the year.

The Challenge

Take a photo that shows the first bits of spring coming to life. You have until April 15th to do so.


The Technique

I don't know how you do it, but the spring Shooting Challenge has become a bit of a tradition, and the results are unreal. The first buds and blooms. Those early morning when frost finally gives way to dew. Get out there and get your hands dirty. Plant yourself in the grass, mud and gunk and get a great shot. Don't be afraid to bust out the macro lens.


The Example

Our lead shot is by Chris Andrews, from our 2010 challenge. In other words, you'd better bring it because it's already been broughten.

The Rules

0. No watermarks. They're so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, April 15th at 10AM Eastern to with "Spring" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameSpring3.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameSpring3Wallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!