Calling all Photographers: Enter to Win a Trip to the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’

The 43rd Annual National Wildlife Photo Contest Opens April 1, 2013

04-01-2013 // Em Gaziano
Lady bug by Kayla Harris

The National Wildlife® Photo Contest is now accepting entries for its prestigious 43rd annual competition. Operated by National Wildlife Federation's award-winning, full-color nature magazine National Wildlife, the contest celebrates the beauty of nature and provides funds to help the organization protect wildlife and wild places. Photographers of all levels of experience are eligible submit images in the juried competition and the popular People’s Choice Award. There also is a separate Youth category for children ages 13-17.

Winners will see their photos featured in the magazine alongside images by the world’s top nature photographers, as well as on the National Wildlife Federation website,, and in the organization’s annual calendar. The Grand Prize is an expense-paid trip for two to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to see and photograph polar bears.  First and second place winners in seven different categories will receive iPads and iTouches, or cash equivalents. 

Photographers can enter their photos into the following categories:

  • Baby animals — portraits and behavior of young animals of any species
  • Backyard Habitat — wild creatures, native plants and natural settings in your yard
  • Birds — portraits and behavior
  • Connecting People and Nature — people enjoying the outdoors
  • Landscapes and Plant Life — scenic views and native plants in wild settings
  • Mammals — portraits and behavior
  • Other Wildlife — portraits and behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders and more)

Last year, photographers from all over the world entered more than 28,000 images in the competition, and the public cast more than 457,000 votes online for the People’s Choice Award.

The contest runs from April 1, 2013 through July 15, 2013.  Entrants may submit 10 photographs per $20 entry fee and can submit 5 additional photos at no extra cost, if the entry fee is paid by May 15.  The entry fee is tax deductible and also includes a one-year membership to the National Wildlife Federation, which includes a one-year subscription to National Wildlife magazine.

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