The 2022 National Wildlife Photo Contest is now closed.


National Wildlife Photo Contest Information:

The National Wildlife® Photo Contest, which began over five decades ago, celebrates the power of photography to advance conservation and connect both photographers and viewers with wildlife and the outdoors. The most compelling nature images can help protect wildlife in profound ways.

Every person who entered not only honored their own work, but also helped support the conservation mission of the National Wildlife Federation, which is dedicated to saving wildlife species and their habitats. Photographers retain rights to their work. Those who chose to donate some of their images share joint ownership with NWF, and further help us advance our conservation mission. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest. We sincerely appreciate your contribution and we’re glad you’re a part of this growing family of talented, dedicated people!


A selection of the winning photographs and honorable mentions from the 2022 contest will be published in the December 2022–January 2023 issue of National Wildlife magazine. All winning images, honorable mentions and will also be published on the National Wildlife Federation’s website. NWF anticipates notifying winners by early October 2022.

Grand Prize: One winner receives the Nature’s Witness Award and a cash prize of $5000.

Portfolio Prize: One winner receives a cash prize of $750

First Place: One winner for each of the eight subject categories receives a cash prize of $500

Second Place: One winner for each of the eight subject categories receives a cash prize of $250

Honorable Mentions: Each will receive a certificate of distinction and National Wildlife Federation calendar


People's Choice Award Information:

  • This year, the National Wildlife® Photo Contest opened voting to the public for a People’s Choice Award.
  • This public competition closed for voting on May 1, 2022.
  • Information and Rules for Voters 
  • Information and Rules for Photo Contest Entrants


If you'd like to be notified about National Wildlife's 2023 photo contest, you can sign up for more information here. You can further support our mission by becoming a member of the National Wildlife Federation, which entitles you to receive National Wildlife magazine as a benefit of membership. For more information on how to join and get the magazine, click here.


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