National Wildlife Photo Contest

Ages 13 and up

Our annual photo contest invites photographers of all skill levels to compete with their peers for prizes and the opportunity to be published either in print or online.

  • Two divisions: General (18 and up) and Youth (13 - 17)
  • Seven categories including baby animals, backyard habitats, landscapes and plant life, and mammals

The National Wildlife Photo Contest was first launched over four decades ago, and to this day, still celebrates the power of photography to connect both photographers and viewers with wildlife and the outdoors.


Ranger Rick® Photo Contest

Ages 13 and under

Hey kids! Send us your best original nature photographs and one of your photos could appear in an issue of Ranger Rick magazine. Any photo with a wildlife or landscape theme is perfect and they can be photos you took with a camera or a phone. Judges select winners each month and those winners are:

  • posted online in the recent winners slideshow
  • entered in the running for Ranger Rick's "Your Best Shots" Magazine Award and have a chance to get their photo printed in an issue of Ranger Rick magazine

The contest is ongoing -- there is no deadline for entering.


Caption Contest

Monthly. All ages welcome to enter.

National Wildlife magazine editors pull photographs that stand out as humorous and endearing from previous National Wildlife Photo Contest entries, and each month, we post one of these funny wildlife photos and invite you to submit your best captions.

  • Entries are be judged on the basis of wit, creativity, humor and originality.
  • New photos are posted on the 1st of each month.
  • Winners will be announced by the 15th of the following month.


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