Hi there my Steemian friends and followers!
After a series of "emergency posts" dedicated to our epic fight for Steem, it is my pleasure to come up with something more peaceful and entertaining today - the next round of my special photo challenge known as Appreciate Beauty of Nature with @phortun.
I know a lot of photo contests with nature as the main theme were/are/will be hosted by various people on the Steem blockchain but I wanted to come up with something more than just another photo contest where participants would submit their best natural photos. Therefore, I decided to go for quite an unusual concept that I am going to introduce in the following lines.
The aim of the Appreciate Beauty of Nature with @phortun photo challenge is not to make you dig up your photo archives and submit the best pictures of nature that you have ever taken. Instead, I want you guys go out and appreciate the beauty of our nature right now. The internet (and Steem blockchain as well) is flooded with picture perfect shots of landscapes, mountains, forests, beaches etc. taken years ago. But this is not what I want to see in this challenge. I want to see shots that may not be necessarily stunning but they must be fresh, proving that you have just physically spent some time outdoors in the fresh air. But remember that nature comes in many forms. It doesn´t have to be a pristine jungle or a deep remote forest. An urban park, a botanical garden, a little grove on the outskirts of your town - pretty much any place with some trees, plants, rocks, bodies of water or any other natural features would be just as fine ;)
Obviously, there is no way for me to verify whether the photo that you submit in the challenge is really fresh or if it was even taken by you so I am relying on your honesty guys. However, the prizes for the winners (as described below) are more symbolical than overly motivating so I don´t expect too much fraudulent behavior in this challenge anyway.
I want to keep the rules of this challenge as simple and benevolent as possible so let´s agree on just this:
Only one entry per person per round.
The photo must be yours and not older than one week.
Add a few words about the photo, at least where and when you took it.
You can start submitting your entries to this round from now until the next round. Prior to publishing the next round post, I will pick 3 winners, give my full upvote on their entries and feature them in the next round of the challenge. As long as the response is not too overwhelming, I will also try to give some smaller upvotes on all of the other entries to reward all participants.
I might change the concept and/or the rules of the photo challenge later on, depending on how things go. Also, I haven´t reserved a fixed day for this challenge yet so it might be movable but it will definitely be hosted once every week.
To keep up with you guys, I submit my own fresh natural photo to every round´s post too :) Here is my contribution to start out this round.
View of the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean washing a little remote bay in the coastal town of Agua de Pau on the Azores island of Sao Miguel. Just like most other beaches here on the island, this one is also surrounded by some majestic volcanic cliffs. I took this photo 5 days ago.
In the last round, we only had 4 participants so picking those 3 winners was not very difficult :)
The winners are:
@oldmans with this entry:
Thank you @phortun for running this contest! Here is a shot I took at Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon two days ago on a hike. It was about a 2 mile round trip and this is just a small part of the rugged beauty of the park. Taken with a Nikon D3300.
@bigsambucca with this entry:
Every Sunday morning after a delicious appetizing breakfast i have made it a habit to go for a walk into nature in one of our many parks we have here in Bangkok and it is what i did on this beautiful sunny Sunday morning this one is called the King Rama IX Park and at this time of the year all the flowers around the park are blooming which makes it a very refreshing , vibrant and colorful walk around this huge park.
@maxili63 with this entry:
Hello @phortun, congratulations on this new and beautiful nature contest, I had not noticed and I do not know if the round is still in force, this is my participation, this image made last week near Parguito beach, on the island of Margarita Venezuela.
Congratulations guys! It was my pleasure to upvote your entries :)
I am looking forward to what you will come up with in this round.
Have fun and appreciate the beauty of nature!
This post was created by me for the Steem blockchain exclusively.