Welcome to the 2020 National Wildlife Photo Contest


The National Wildlife® Photo Contest, which began more than four 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.


We are excited to announce the following eight categories for entry in our 2020 contest:

  • NEW Mobile: Nature, wildlife and people outdoors photographed with a mobile device (phone or tablet)
  • Birds: Portraits and behavior
  • Mammals: Portraits and behavior
  • Baby Animals: Portraits and behavior of young animals of any species
  • Other Wildlife: Portraits and behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders and more)
  • Landscapes & Plants: Scenic views and native plants from backyards to wild places
  • People in Nature: People enjoying the outdoors or connecting with nature and wildlife
  • Youth category for nature photographers age 13-17


Entry Fee: Your fee helps support the National Wildlife Federation's work to protect wildlife and wild places. There is no limit on the total number of images allowed.

  • Enter one photo for $15
  • Enter up to 10 photos for $20
  • Enter up to 15 photos for $25 (BEST VALUE, includes free one-year digital subscription of National Wildlife)


Grand Prize: Cash Prize of $5000 and a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens

First Place: $500 for the winner in each category

Second Place: $250 for the winner in each category

Honorable Mentions: Each will receive a National Wildlife Federation calendar

With thanks to Tamron, proud supporter of the 2020 National Wildlife Photo Contest.


Consider donating: The National Wildlife Federation greatly appreciates when photographers choose to donate some of their images. These donations help support our mission to protect wildlife and habitats. Photographers will always retain ownership and rights to their images. We encourage you to consider donating some of your images to the National Wildlife Federation to help us save the world’s treasured wildlife species and their habitats. See more information about donating your photos in the Rules section.

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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