Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Habitats & Landscapes Category) - Water In Solid Form

This challenge closed over 5 years ago.

The Challenge

The 13th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

For this challenge please add your images of WATER IN SOLID FORM.

Interesting Facts

Water comes in a variety of solid precipitation.

> Snow Snow is a form of precipitation within the Earth’s atmosphere in the form of crystalline water ice, consisting of a multitude of snowflakes that fall from clouds. Since snow is composed of small ice particles, it is a granular material. It has an open and therefore soft structure, unless packed by external pressure. Snowflakes come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Snow crystals form when tiny supercooled cloud droplets (about 10 μm in diameter) freeze.

> Snow Pellets Graupel (also called soft hail or snow pellets; METAR code: GS)1 refers to precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm ball of rime.

> Snow Grains Snow grains are a form of precipitation characterized as:
white, opaque grains of ice, very small <1 mm, fairly flat or elongated, unlike Snow pellets they don’t bounce or break up on impact, very small amounts fall, mostly from Stratus or Fog, Never in the form of a shower.

> Ice Pellets Ice pellets are a form of precipitation consisting of small, translucent balls of ice. Ice pellets usually are smaller than hailstones. They often bounce when they hit the ground, and generally do not freeze into a solid mass unless mixed with freezing rain.

> Hail Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is referred to as a hail stone. Hail stones on Earth consist mostly of water ice and measure between 5 millimetres (0.20 in) and 200 millimetres (7.9 in) in diameter, with the larger stones coming from severe thunderstorms.

> Ice Crystals Ice is water frozen into the solid state. Usually ice is the phase known as ice Ih, which is the most abundant of the varying solid phases on the Earth’s surface. It can appear transparent or opaque bluish-white color, depending on the presence of impurities or air inclusions. The addition of other materials such as soil may further alter the appearance. Ice crystals are a small crystalline form of ice including hexagonal columns, hexagonal plates, dendritic crystals, and diamond dust. The highly symmetric shapes are due to depositional growth, namely, direct deposition of water vapour onto the ice crystal. Depending on environmental temperature and humidity, ice crystals can develop from the initial hexagonal prism into numerous symmetric shapes. Possible shapes for ice crystals are columns, needles, plates and dendrites. If the crystal migrates into regions with different environmental conditions, the growth pattern may change, and the final crystal may show mixed patterns.

> Hoarfrost Frost is the solid deposition of water vapor from saturated air. It is formed when solid surfaces are cooled to below the dew point of the adjacent air as well as below the freezing point of water. Frost crystals’ size differ depending on time and water vapour available. Frost is also usually translucent in appearance. There are many types of frost, such as radiation and window frost. Frost causes economic damage when it destroys plants or hanging fruits.

> Atmospheric Icing Atmospheric icing occurs when water droplets in the atmosphere freeze on objects they contact. This can be extremely dangerous to aircraft, as the built-up ice changes the aerodynamics of the flight surfaces, which can increase the risk of a subsequent stalling of the airfoil. For this reason, ice protection systems are often considered critical components of flight, and aircraft are often deiced prior to take-off in icy environments.

> Glaze Ice Glaze ice or simply glaze is a smooth, transparent and homogenous ice coating occurring when freezing rain or drizzle hits a surface. It is similar in appearance to clear ice, which forms from supercooled water droplets. It is a relatively common occurrence in temperate climates in the winter when precipitation form in warm air aloft and fall into below freezing temperature at the surface.

Judging / Voting Criteria

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Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will get to choose the theme for the next challenge, have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time and become a featured member.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.

Additional Information



Cover Image: Moonrise in the Lemaire Channel, Antarctic by Neville Jones


The Top Ten

Moonrise in the Lemaire Channel, Antarctic by Neville Jones

Moonrise in the Lemaire Channel, Antarctic by Neville Jones was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 5 votes.

  • Icicle by Pam Hogg
  • Fallen for You... by LindaR
  • Winter's Teeth by CatKV
  • Snowy Road by Diego Re
  • Through the Ice by T.J. Martin
  • Flowers : Frozen Raindrop by AnnDixon
  • Ice Bauble by Yannik Hay
  • Snowy River by Barbara  Brown
  •  Fire and Ice by Gisele Bedard

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