The 2023 National Wildlife® Photo Contest has been extended through April 2nd. Hurry and enter your photos today!


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.


We are excited to announce the following nine categories for entry in our 2023 contest:

  • 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)
  • Portfolio Category: A submission of up to 10 images built around a common theme related to nature and conservation (*To enter a portfolio, you MUST purchase the Photography Portfolio entry package, listed below.)
  • Young Nature Photographers: For photographers age 13-17


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

In addition to cash prizes, a selection of the winning photographs and honorable mentions from the 2023 contest will be published in the Winter 2024 issue of National Wildlife magazine.


A modest entry fee helps support NWF's work to protect wildlife and wild places. Prizes are made possible by the entry fee; no NWF funds are used for these prizes.

Entry Packages (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 (You may additionally purchase any of the above entry packages to submit individual photos into the other categories.)


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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