Take a Natural Photo

Challenge series hosted by xpda. Challenges start on Sundays.
There are two features for photos in this series: First, the photo must be taken after the challenge is announced. Second, the photo should be "natural" or realistic. In other words, the photo should portray the scene as seen by the eye, as opposed to artificially vibrant color or other digital effects.
Finished (9 challenges)
Entries: 43
Winners announced: 1st July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Striped Horsefly Portrait
Take a photo of a fly. A house fly, fruit fly, horse fly, robber fly, outback fly -- any member of the Diptera order will be fine. Include more than one fly if you like, but make sure the fly is the subject of the photo.
Entries: 14
Winners announced: 20th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: On the Mars
The Mars Challenge
Processing Mars Rover Images

As the Mars Rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" wind down, a new Mars Rover "Curiosity" will be launched later this year. "Spirit" and "Opportunity" took thousands of photos on the surface of mars. These were taken with a black and white camera using color filters.

This challenge requires combining five black and white...
Entries: 35
Winners announced: 6th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: Power Scape
Photo Realism. Take a photo of any power line, giving a realistic representation of it in natural color. Avoid oversaturated, artifically vibrant colors, and no black and white. Any type of power line is fine, from the power plant to the house or building it services. A single line, pole, or insulator will work, or a photo of power lines stretching for miles. Strive for realism, and use the...
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 30th October, 2011 GMT
Winner: Sunrise
Photo Realism. Take a photo of any weed or wildflower, giving a realistic representation of the plant in natural color. Avoid oversaturated colors, and no black and white. Any type of weed or wildflower is fine, except cannabis or other illegal drugs. A single plant or a field full of them is fine. Virtual bonus points if you identify the plant. Strive for realism, and use the scene itself...
5. Cats
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 23rd October, 2011 GMT
Winner: Treats please?
Photo Realism. Take a photo of any live cat, giving a realistic representation of the cat in natural color. Avoid oversaturated colors, and no black and white. Any type of cat is fine, except a snowcat or caterpillar. (It would be nice if it is in the Felidae family.) Any location is fine: On land, in water, in the air, or on Mars. Any activity is fine: running, swimming, hunting, sleeping, or...
4. Trains
Entries: 44
Winners announced: 16th October, 2011 GMT
Winner: IMGP6134-1
Photo Realism. Take a photo of any railroad train, giving a realistic representation of the train. An entire train, a single car or engine, the tracks, or just a single rail, tie, or spike are all fine. Strive for realism, and use the scene itself rather than digital processing on the camera or PC to create the art. Keep the contrast and saturation to their natural levels. Virtual bonus points...
3. Birds
Entries: 63
Winners announced: 9th October, 2011 GMT
Winner: yellow hatsss
Photo Realism. Take a photo of any bird, giving a realistic representation of the bird. Any location is fine: On land, on a plant, underwater, in the air, or on Mars. Any activity is fine: sitting, flying, swimming, or anything else birds do. Take one bird, a whole flock, or anything in between. Virtual bonus points for naming the type of bird. Strive for realism, and use the scene itself...
2. Trees
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 25th September, 2011 GMT
Winner: Determined
Photo Realism. Take a photo of any tree (a single tree, branch, leaf, or a complete forest) giving a realistic representation of the tree. Strive for realism, and use the scene itself rather than digital processing on the camera or PC to create the art.
1. Bugs
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 11th September, 2011 GMT
Winner: P1460132
Photo Realism. Take a photo of any bug (insect, spider, or other arthropod) giving a realistic representation of the bug. Any location is fine: indoors, outdoors, on land, on a plant, underwater, in the air, or on Mars. Strive for realism, and use the scene itself rather than digital processing on the camera or PC to create the art.