National Wildlife Magazine Photo Group

Rules and Guidelines

01-01-2009 // NWF Staff

By sharing your photograph with this community (, you agree to the following:

You give NWF permission to display your photo(s) via PictoBrowser and/or Flickr's API on the NWF website,

If the photo(s) you share with this group is of someone other than you or something not on your or public property, you have obtained permission and/or have the ability and authority to submit such photo(s) for display on NWF's website as described above, and you agree that the images do not infringe on any third party’s rights.

No payment will be made to you for NWF's display of the photos taken of or submitted by you.

Only digital entries are eligible and must be submitted electronically. You may submit scans of slides or paper prints.

You must not submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment. Do not include photographs of pets or domestic animals. Images of captive animals photographed in game farms or roadside zoos will be disqualified. Captive animals photographed in major zoos, wildlife research facilities or rehabilitation centers are acceptable.

If you wish to participate in the National Wildlife Photo Challenge:

Tag your photo with the format provided in the instructions on the main page.

Only original photos taken by the person submitting are eligible; others will be disqualified.

If your photo is selected as a National Wildlife Photo Challenge finalist, you hereby grant NWF permission to display the photograph you submit along with your name in promotions of the Photo Challenge on the NWF website, in other NWF publications and websites it creates, and in NWF emails.

Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and use of HDR (high dynamic range imaging), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range. Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and others which do not show the scene in its natural way.

By entering the Photo Challenge, participants agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives, from any and all third party liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the competition (collectively, “Losses”), including without limitation any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual’s right to privacy and/or publicity right. The Photo Challenge is void where prohibited by law.

Each participant in the Photo Challenge (each a “Participant”) is responsible for ensuring that he or she has the right to submit.

NWF is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the photo competition, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the photo competition, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. NWF assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. NWF is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, servers, providers, computer on-line systems, software, or failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, including injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or uploading images or information in the photo contest.

If, for any reason, the photo competition is not capable of completion as planned, including but not limited to, any reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of NWF that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the photo competition, NWF reserves the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the photo competition.

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