Submission Guidelines for Shutter Shark 2021

Rules and Guidelines

  1. The Nova Southeastern University Shutter Shark nature photography contest is open to all students registered between January 1, 2021, and April 9, 2021.
  2. All entries must be received by midnight on March 19, 2021.
  3. Submissions can be made online through NSU Works. By creating a free account, you will be able to upload your pictures directly into our system. Also, you can view and edit your submissions anytime during the submission period.
  4. All photographs, drawings, and paintings should have a nature-related composition.  Non-nature entries will not be judged.
  5. Photos and art will not be accepted in which animals, plants, or objects have been staged or handled. No pool or aquarium shots will be accepted.  Art (in the form of drawings and paintings) must be taken from a photograph owned by the artist.  The photo should be submitted as supplementary content to the art; it will not be judged.
  6. By submitting your photos, you are stating that no species were harassed or harmed, nor were ecosystems disturbed or damaged in the process of obtaining your photo. Violators of this rule will not be allowed in this or future contests.
  7. All photos must have been taken in 2020 or 2021. Photos that have won previous contests are not eligible.
  8. Images (in the form of photographs, drawings, or paintings) may be optimized (i.e., adjusted while maintaining the image's integrity) but not altered such that an image does not reflect the actual subject matter. 
  9. This is an amateur contest (defined as photographers who earn less than 20% of their income from their photography).
  10. Photos will be judged anonymously by marine scientists and local underwater / landscape photographers. All decisions will be final.
  11. Ownership and copyrights of all submitted photos remain with the photographer. However, NSU reserves the right to publish the winning photos without compensation for educational and promotional purposes, including, but not limited to, publication on the NSU website, NSUWorks, in brochures or for future contest promotion. The winning photographs will also be printed as part of an exhibit within the NSU community.
  12. Proper credit will be given to all winners.
  13. Contestants may enter up to three categories with a maximum of two entries per category. The same photo cannot be submitted to multiple categories. The maximum file size is 10GB.
  14. Contestants are responsible for choosing the most appropriate category for their submissions. Photographs submitted to the wrong category will be automatically disqualified.
  15. Digital images should be a minimum of 150 dpi at 8.5 X 11 inches in order to enlarge to 11 X 14 inches.
  16. All categories may be submitted in full color or black and white.


  1. Conservation- An image that focuses on the marine environment and/or conservation which illustrates the human impacts on marine life. The image should address a marine environmental issue and convey a real-world message; it may be taken underwater or topside. Please include a short description of your picture as to how it relates to the theme.
  2. Camouflage– An image that depicts marine or aquatic camouflaged flora or fauna.
  3. Black and White- A marine-related photograph shot in black and white; may be underwater or topside.
  4. Anyscape– A photo taken above or below the water that represents a marine landscape setting.
  5. Fauna / Flora – Images of an individual or small group of animals or plants.