The 2021 National Wildlife Photo Contest is now closed.


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.

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 2021 contest will be published in the December 2021­–January 2022 issue of National Wildlife magazine. All winning images and honorable mentions will also be published on the National Wildlife Federation’s website. NWF anticipates notifying winners by early October 2021.

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.


People's Choice Award Information:

  • This year, the National Wildlife® Photo Contest has opened voting to the public for a People’s Choice Award.
  • This public competition closed for voting on May 2, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Information and Rules for Photo Contest Entrants.
  • Information and Rules for Voters. Anyone 13 years of age or older can register to vote.
If you'd like to be notified about National Wildlife's 2022 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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