Call for Photos: 2018 World of Insects Calendar

Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2017

Annapolis, MD; February 1, 2017—The Entomological Society of America is looking for the finest specimens of insect photography for inclusion in the next edition of the World of Insects Calendar. Submissions are now being accepted.

Every year, the World of Insects calendar showcases the stunning beauty of our six-legged peers through striking, world-class photography. Copies of the 2018 calendar will be distributed to conference attendees at Entomology 2017 in Denver, November 5-8, and will also be available for purchase.

2017 World of Insects calendar cover
(2017 World of Insects Calendar cover photo by F. William Ravlin, Okemos, Michigan)

Photographs will be selected by the ESA Committee on the World of Insects Calendar and must be of the highest aesthetic and technical quality. Last year, more than 450 photos were submitted for consideration for the 2017 calendar.

Photo submissions must meet the following criteria to be accepted for judging:

  1. JPG format (no more than 3000 pixels wide).
  2. Common or scientific name must be included in each filename.
  3. All photographs must be horizontal and rectangular (vertical or square photos will not be accepted).
  4. Photographs of dead insects that are posed or mounted are not allowed.
  5. A maximum of six (6) photographs may be submitted by a single photographer (more than six submissions will disqualify all of a photographer's entries).
  6. Submissions must be e-mailed to by close of business on May 1, 2017.

Also, winning photographers will be asked to:

  • Write a concise paragraph to accompany the photograph on the biology of the species or genus/family.
  • Grant ESA permission to publish their photos in the calendar as well as on the ESA website and social media for the purposes of promoting the calendar. In all uses, photographers will be credited by name.

Photos not selected for the 2018 calendar may be considered for future use on the cover of one of ESA's journals, in which case the photographer would be contacted to request permission for use on the journal cover. (Photographers not interested in having images considered for future ESA journal covers should indicate this preference when submitting photos for the calendar.)

CONTACT: Joe Rominiecki,, 301-731-4535 x3009

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