Group Rules:

What is a Shelter? A shelter is a type of structure that is built to provide shelter/protection against the elements: it can be lived in but also used for other purposes such as worship, shopping, storage, working and leisure activities.

Because these are specifically covered in other groups we are excluding modes of transportation since their primary purpose is transportation and not shelter. Exception is that we will accept house boats that are clearly used as a home and shelter and not for transportation.

We encourage creativity in members interpretation of what a shelter is, but it is the decision of the co-hosts whether to accept an image or not.

We only accept exterior shots unless there is a challenge running for a specific interior subject and we do not accept macros of PARTS of a shelter where the shelter shape and overall building can not be seen.

In general we do not accept images of shelters FAR in the distance – the focus should be the shelter. If we have a challenge that specifically calls for a shelter in the far distance, we will accept those type images only for that challenge period of time.

Please be encouraged to submit unusual and unique shelters but the FINAL decision and moderation on accepting these type images will be at the hosts’ discretion.

Shelters include, but are not exclusive to, homes, covered wagons, buildings, native american housing such as tee-pees and adobe structures, churches – you get the picture. It is IMPORTANT that the shelter is the main focus of the composition.

Any SINGLE BUILDING which is the MAIN FOCUS of the image and which could REALISTICALLY be used as a shelter if the need arose. The entire outer structure should be in the picture or MOST of the structure should be visible.
e.g. a single house / a barn / a gazebo / a hotel / a shop / a church / a houseboat

Where a house or other shelter is part of a terrace / row the focus should be on as much of the house etc as is possible to get without too much of the adjoining buildings

> a vehicle
> a ROW of houses / shops / factories
> a bridge
> umbrellas
> boats unless obviously lived in as a houseboat
> anything which needs field glasses to see – the main focus has to be the shelter – it can’t be a dot on the horizon
> factories, silos and other commercial buildings of this sort would not be available for anyone to shelter in.
> whole towns / villages / cities
> bird’s nests and other animal lairs/ dens

Clarification on items above:
> a bridge – we have accepted in the past like covered railway bridges but, realistically, they would not be safe places to go into for shelter.
> umbrellas – we have accepted these but they are not a structure as stated in the rules.

(please note these MAY have been accepted in the past, but not any more. as we find them in our gallery we will remove them as well)

There is NO limit on how many images you may submit daily or total into our gallery.

Submitted work is not automatically accepted into our gallery. Do not enter your work into a challenge until you know for sure it was approved and accepted into our gallery, please.

All artwork must have excellent focus, clarity and composition. Only submit your best. Photography, painting, drawing will be accepted and must adhere to the following rules.

Things you should check your image for before submitting.

- Is the main focus on a shelter?

- Is it obvious time and thought has gone into the composition of the subject?

- Does the image contain enough of the structure that it can be identified as to what the structure is. i.e., not just one wall of some building or a window of a building?

- If there is writing on the image it is not covering any part of the structure?

- Is it too overly post processed that the structure is no longer even identifiable?

- Is the image appropriate for this family oriented group? Do not submit any image that would not be rated “G” (general audience) at a movie theater.

Image must be in our Gallery before entered into a Challenge. Hosts can participate in challenges.

Do not be discourage if your image is not accepted into the gallery. Some come very close to being accepted but just may lack that focus and clarity we need.

If one of your images does not get accepted, simply, browse our gallery to get acquainted with what we are looking for in your image and then get out there and capture some more shelters to submit.

*Joining and or being an active member of this group means we have your permission to use your art as an avatar for Challenges, on our Homepage.

The group reserves the right to remove any art work, without prior warning to artist from the group and /or any challenge that does
not adhere to both group and RedBubble guideline rules.

Other groups you may be interested in joining:

Enchanted Flowers
Just Fun
A wilderness somewhere
Art & Photography Showcase
A Paradise Somewhere
Disability and Beauty
Everything old, a new treasure
Light up my life
Roses grow on you
Weekly Theme challenges

Group’s New Hosts – Nicole and Jane : November 1, 2012
New co-host – Lesley (Lezvee): November 2014