Weekly Photography Assignment: Northern Lights

Each week we’ll be giving you a theme that you can submit a photo for, and we’ll choose our favourite to be featured on the Nature TTL website. Participating in these assignments will be a great way for you to encourage yourself to push the boundaries of your photography and improve together as a community on the website.

Enter to be our Monthly Assignment Winner!

From these weekly favourites, each month we will select one exceptional image, crowning the photographer as the Monthly Assignment Winner. This talented photographer’s captivating image will be shared on our Instagram story and in our newsletter.

Remember to include your Instagram handle in each weekly entry for a chance to be featured!

Week 280: Northern Lights

Given the incredible display of aurora in the skies recently, our theme this week is the Northern Lights, (or the Southern Lights), and we’d love to see how you have captured them on camera. We will extend the rules to allow images to be entered that have been taken in the last three weeks to be entered! Photographing the aurora borealis is an incredible experience, though there are techniques and photographic tools to help you get stand out images of this outstanding natural phenomenon, so check out the helpful tutorials below. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll be photographing the northern lights, or aurora borealis, and if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, the southern lights, or aurora australis. Whether you’re a seasoned nature photographer, or are new to the genre, the options for capturing new and interesting photos of the aurora are endless, and we can’t wait to see what inspiring shots you can create.

Here are some tutorials to help you:

To enter your photo to this assignment, add it in the comments below this post. By submitting your photo, you are giving us permission to feature your photo the following week if it is chosen as one of our favourites. Please keep images under 2MB in size otherwise you may have difficulty uploading them.

weekly photo assignment
To enter your photo, look at the comments at the bottom of the page and press the ‘Upload Image’ button.

Here are some guidelines to keep things running smoothly:

  • Photos must be your own work
  • Please enter no more than 3 photos per week
  • Please only enter photos taken within the LAST THREE WEEKS
  • Include a description with your photo and tell us a bit about it!

You have until next Monday, 27th of May, to submit your photo.

Last week’s winner

Last week’s theme was Mammals – and our favourite image this week is:

This week’s winner is this image, captured by Zoltan Dobany: ‘Photo taken during night rain and early morning fog.’

This unique capture of water in an interesting and charismatic form is highly engaging. The use of bokeh shows off the subject well, and the reflections are dynamic and pull our eye into the frame. Well done, and thank you to all who entered!


The Northern Lights Meet The Milky Way by Assawin Chomjit on 500px.com
Auroras over Lake Päijänne by Janne Mankinen on 500px.com
Aurora by Janne Skinnarla on 500px.com

Images embedded from 500px.com.


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