Kids’ curiosity goes naturally with nature photography, since they can take pictures of animals and insects they find interesting. Now, Ranger Rick magazine has a place where kids’ work can be showcased. The magazine, produced by the National Wildlife Federation, announces its first-ever Ranger Rick “Your Best Shots” Photography Contest for children under age 13. The contest is free, and winners could have their photo featured on the Ranger Rick website. Judges will select a winner every month and contributors don’t need to receive the magazine in order to enter. Children can submit pictures with parent’s or guardian’s permission at nwf.org/rrbestshot. Two free printable picture frames are available for entering the contest. Even if you don’t participate in the contest, vote for your favorite entries on the website. Here are some tips for shooting wildlife:
• Think small: backyard wildlife make wonderful subjects.
• Be patient and still, so you don’t spook the animal. • Get close, but not too close. • Respect and appreciate your photo subject as well as the natural surroundings. • Remember, you don’t need expensive camera equipment to take a great photo. For more info, go to nwf.org/Kids