Sun Photo Contest

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Share your sun photos on We’ll give away an Almanac bundle to the winners, including our new edition of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac, our new 2016 Almanac calendar, and an Almanac suncatcher. 

(Select the “Sun Photo Contest” category.)

Share a photo of the beautiful sunset, the start of a glorious day, or anything that says Sun to you!

After all, The Old Farmer’s Almanac covers “Everything under the Sun, including the Moon!” The judging criteria: beauty, creativity, and originality (not expertise in photography). Amateurs, only!

For examples and inspiration, see all of the submitted photos in the Almanac’s Sun Photo Contest Ecard Gallery.


We’ll give away an Almanac bundle to the winners, including our new edition of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac, our new 2016 Almanac calendar, and an Almanac suncatcher. (See more suncatcher pictures in our General Store.)

Terms & Conditions

We’re sharing our photos with the community for fun and games! This site is for amateur photographers ONLY! In submitting this photo you agree that its content does not infringe copyrights or other property rights of any party. You also agree that the photo you are submitting is your own. 

Winning Photos

Florida Sunset
Credit: Stephen Rosenberg

Eugene Allwine
Titled, “Sunrise”

Don Loken
Titled, “Kansas Sunset.”
“Sun ducking under a cloud near Kansas/Colorado border.”

Joseph Edwards
Titled, “Backlit Flag”
The beautiful Stars and Stripes backlit by the sun.

american flag backlit by the sun

Dorothy May
Titled, “Serendipity at Sunset.”
The serendipity of a seagull crossing the sun during vibrant sunrise over Lake Superior.

sunrise with seagull crossing sun


Carol Brown
Titled, “Last Minutes of the Day.”

Pink sunset on beach with dog

Jen Anderson
Titled, “Key West Sunset Cruise.” A sunset view from a catamaran. Ahhh! 

Key West Sunset Sailing Cruise from Catamaran


Kat Szmit
Titled, “Sunrise on Spofford Lake.” An October sunrise lights up the sky and the water. 

Sunrise on lake with fog


Cathy Leite
Titled, “Sunset Over the Lake.”

Sunset over lake


Kate Stinnett
Titled “Crepuscular Sun Rays.”

Crepuscular Sun Rays


Jessica Crawford
Titled “Dandelion Wishes.” A subtle photo, we were caught by the way the glowing sunset backlit the dandelion’s white seed head.

Dandelion Sun Picture

Sarah Lomas
Photo taken at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, CA

Sue Hammye Click to send ecard!

Sun and lighthouse

We loved the imagination employed in this photo—with the rays on the hosta shoots and dewy grass.

Sun rays on hosta shoots


Bernadette McGeney Smith  

Sunset on the beach

Peggy Stenglein
We were struck by the way the morning Sun shines through these jars. What an original way to see the Sun! Send ecard!

Sunlight through Ball Jars

Granny Mary
Simple but breathtaking, we were taken by Granny Mary’s “office view” in Sheridan, Oregon.

Pink sunset and clouds

Patricia Abbate
Titled, “Peaceful Sunset: Sun sets on the bay, Hull, MA.” Nature’s own masterpiece.

Sunset of dock


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I just noticed several of the

I just noticed several of the pictures in the e'gallery are not oriented correctly. They need to be flipped to correct position. Is this how they will look when they are sent?

Hi, David, The photos will

Hi, David, The photos will look exactly as they were submitted.There's no change in orientation on the server side. This means that if a photo uploaded appears portrait when it should be landscape, or vice- versa, it's because the original photo ''as uploaded by the user'' was the wrong orientation. We are unable to flip them once they're loaded; however, this won't affect how we judge the contests!

I cannot wait to see the

I cannot wait to see the winner of this contest. I hope that you get more submissions than you know what to do with. Thanks for letting us in on this and we will be checking out all the entries.

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Belinda, Thank you! We

Belinda, Thank you! We appreciate the enthusiasm for our new contests. Our readers are so creative and send such stunning photos. We thought that a contest might be fun!--Your Almanac editors



I so enjoyed all the photos!!

I so enjoyed all the photos!! Thank you!

Other then the one time use

Other then the one time use of the image. Will you be planning on being allowed to use an image anytime after this one contest? I ask because I believe in intilectual property rights. Also, if I have my mark in the bottom corner, will it remain there?

Hello, The rights and terms

Hello, The rights and terms of use are listed above. The e-card area of our site is a free service for the greater community and photos can be sent and shared by all. This may not be the appropriate forum for your photography. If we do feature an ecard, the author is credited. We do not remove any marks or change photos in any way. For more terms of use, see:

Very proud... and very

Very proud... and very grateful

(1)Can the photos be edited

(1)Can the photos be edited (e.g., using photoshop or other software) by the photographer before submitting them to this website for the photo contest? (2) Can the photos be cropped before they are submitted?

Yes, the photos can be edited

Yes, the photos can be edited or cropped; we do not mind artistic and creative interpretations!

I love the Serendipity at

I love the Serendipity at sunset and also dandelion wishes. they are all so beautiful!!!!

Great photos.

Great photos.

Think I made error and

Think I made error and uploaded my contest photo instead of my face photo.

No worries. (Great photo!)

No worries. (Great photo!) You should be able to reload but if this is a problem, just email us at and we will help you!

Nice pics. The sun has

Nice pics. The sun has changed over the years. We use to have a golden yellow ball in the sky. Now it's big white and bloated,covered with chemtrails.

I'm not finding the place to

I'm not finding the place to download my fall pictures... Help!

Hi Judy, Click below for the

Hi Judy,
Click below for the main photo gallery and there's a link at the top to upload photos:
The link will take you to this photo upload page:
Hope this helps--and we look forward to seeing your fall pics!

I uploaded two photos for the

I uploaded two photos for the sun contest last night. I have gone through the album twice and am not seeing either one. Did I do something wrong in the upload? Or, does it take a while to show up

Hi Debbie, We found your

Hi Debbie, We found your photo:
It was just loaded to a different category, so we adjusted the category to "Sun Photo Contest." 
Thank you! Stunning!

I have logged, filled out

I have logged, filled out everything, then click upload photo and it goes to your home page and won't let me do anything. I have tried about 6 times. What do I do??

Hi, Hbrock, We sent your

Hi, Hbrock, We sent your questions to Technical Support. Our Web master was unable to recreate the problem and will contact you directly. Thank you, the OFA

Thanks to my sister Linda

Thanks to my sister Linda Porter. For sharing this sunset contest, I've seen some beautiful pictures.

What the heck, is no one

What the heck, is no one reading the terms of this contest. You are giving away your images to Yankee Publishing, Inc. The terms read all images become properety of Yankee Publishing which they can do what they want with... make money off of you for free for a chance to win a cheap book and little glass suncatcher. Give you the rights to my photographs...I don't think so Yankee Publishing:.. NO! Let's see if you leave my comment up or remove it!

Sir, Thanks for writing. We

Sir, Thanks for writing. We do have the right to remove comments on our own site, especially taunting comments that make us or, especially, our readers uncomfortable. However, this may be a good opportunity to address our  loyal Almanac readers . . .
Rest assured that this is not our intention at all. The contests are just meant to be fun as our Almanac community has long enjoyed this free photo-sharing feature. Given our "old" age, we have a massive photo archive of our own--plus, content going back hundreds of years, so we are quite content-rich and do not rely on third-party content such as these photos.
Further, these contests are meant for amateurs, not professionals. If we ever did see a photo that we thought might fit a publication, we would certainly ask our reader and provide equitable compensation. We have to create legal terms because the photos may be shared across the web and it's largely out of your control (and ours), but we will never use your photos for any professional purposes without request. To our knowledge, this has never happened. We just don't tend to work this way.
In terms of photos, you can use our photo gallery for free, not just to enter a contest. We used to offer email sharing but this has proven too cumbersome. However, you can share your photos via social media. We also share some of the great photos by our readers online and credit them.
We have an editorial staff of five and this is a smal business so it's not a huge prize; we give away the annual book that we publish ourselves.  We happen to value it. -We hope you do, too! -Your OFA editors

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clydeaux's picture

Hi, I also went to login and forgot my password. Had a lot of trouble to change it and add Photo, then once I thought I got it all right I tried to view it but don't see it anywhere. I have a VERY unusual picture of a ( Hold Punch Cloud ) with sun behind it, AWESOME but cant seem to get it on your site. ? Thanks Clyde