THE GROUP'S MISSION/WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
--We are a group showcasing all Nature related imagery on deviantArt including all artistic genres except literature.
MEMBERSHIP VS WATCHER
--Membership is automatically approved however, if you do not have any images to be submitted to the group you may find that adding the group to your devWatch would be the better idea. You can then watch the group so you can follow the images and journal posts in your notification center and enjoy the group from that vantage point.
--If we have requested your work into our gallery and you are not already a member, please consider joining. We'd love to have your membership!
WHAT WE ACCEPT INTO OUR GALLERY
--We only accept animals, plants and nature imagery into this group.
--We Highly expect QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
so please submit only your very best work to avoid decline.
WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTED
--We do not accept full body shots of humans. However, we do make exceptions for images in which a portion of the human form is mandatory for the image conceptual message as long as the human or man-made form is not the main focus of the image.
--ABSOLUTELY NO SELFIES!!
--We do not accept any image that shows the eating of prey etc nor do we accept any images of death. We realize this is a fact of nature however, we do have sensitive viewers.
--We do not accept any photography of taxidermy.
--We do not accept obvious zoo photography.
--No heavily processed photographs. While post processing is encouraged, this group will not accept photographs that have been processed beyond a natural look.
--Multiple Images similar to one another submitted will be deleted or rejected down to one.
--All submissions are voted on before they reach our gallery.
--Please submit to the “SUBMIT HERE” folder and your work will be placed into the proper folder periodically throughout the month.
--If there is a current contest being run in the group, a folder with the name of the contest will be set up for you to directly place your contest pieces.
--Please submit to the proper folder as we will decline images that have not been placed into their proper folders and you may miss out on the monthly theme or contest being held. (Contests are NOT monthly—but are instead held periodically and will be announced via journal post)
--Regular submissions are limited to 3 per week.
--Contest submissions will vary from contest to contest and will be announced in the contest journal.
MAIN REASONS YOUR IMAGES MAY BE DECLINED
--Your submission does not fit the group theme of animal, plant and nature images.
--Your submission includes a large man-made presence or human form.
--Your image shows the eating of prey etc or of death and/or taxidermy.
--Your submission is overly grainy or is a WIP (work in progress)
--Your submission has an overbearing watermark that interferes with the viewing pleasure.
--Your submission has other distracting text.
--Your photo has been heavily edited or unnatural looking.
--Your image does not meet our quality standards.
--Remember-these are the Main reasons but there may be other reasons that are solely left up to the admins.
--As a courtesy, unlike many other groups, we ALWAYS provide our reasoning for declines. In doing so, however, this does not mean we are going to get into a debate or verbal ping pong match with you. Accept that your image was declined gracefully, regardless of if you agree with our decision or not!
-We affiliate only with other Nature, Animal and Photography Groups
-We assist our affiliates through the announcement of their contests and other events as well as winner features. Just note us.