Welcome to the 2021 National Wildlife Photo Contest!

The National Wildlife® Photo Contest, which began 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.

This year, the National Wildlife Photo Contest is two contests in one, though you need to enter only once:

  • All entered photos are viewed by NWF judges, and winners receive the recognition and prizes listed.
  • All entered photos are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award contest, and if allowed by entrant will be viewable in the public gallery and sharable with family and friends through social media.

We are excited to announce the following nine categories for entry in our 2021 contest:

  • NEW Portfolio Category: A submission of up to 10 images built around a common theme related to nature and conservation
  • 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, macro and more)
  • Landscapes & Plants: Scenic views and plants from backyards to wild places
  • People in Nature: People enjoying the outdoors or connecting with nature and wildlife
  • Mobile: Nature, wildlife and people outdoors photographed with a mobile device (phone or tablet)
  • Young Nature Photographers: For 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 up to 15 photos for $25 (BEST VALUE, includes free one-year digital subscription of National Wildlife)
  • Enter up to 10 photos for $20
  • Enter one photo for $15
  • Enter one photography portfolio for $20

Grand Prize: One winner receives the Nature’s Witness award, a cash prize of $5000 and a Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 Lens ($1399 value)

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

With special thanks to Tamron, proud supporter of the 2021 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.


To enter and share your work, please register or login by scrolling up to the top right corner of this page.


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