WHO IS ELIGIBLE: The National Wildlife Photo Contest (NWPC) begins
at 12:00 am North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on April 1, 2013, and is
open to all photographers worldwide who are at least 13 years of age, except employees
and Board Members of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), their immediate families
and individuals living in the same household as such employees and Board Members.
NWF reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgment, entrant eligibility.
General—Open to ALL photographers at least 18 years of age.
Youth—Young photographers ages 13 to 17. Youth division entrants must read
and accept the Youth Agreement and have their parent or legal guardian also agree
by checking the appropriate boxes on the Youth Agreement page. Young photographers
12 and under, please enter our Ranger Rick Photo Contest at http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Photo-Contest.aspx
CATEGORIES: Photographers must enter each image in one of the following categories.
The same photo cannot be entered in more than one category. If you wish to
move a photo to another category after you have uploaded, simply change that photo’s
category on the upload page prior to the contest deadline. Judges reserve the right
to switch images to other categories.
1. Baby Animals—Portraits and Behavior of Young Animals of Any Species
2. Backyard Habitats―Wild Creatures, Native Plants and Natural Settings in Your
3. Birds—Portraits and Behavior
4. Connecting People and Nature—People Enjoying the Outdoors
5. Landscapes and Plant Life―Scenic Views and Native Plants in Wild Settings
6. Mammals—Portraits and Behavior
7. Other Wildlife—Portraits and Behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians,
insects, spiders and more)
WHAT PHOTOS TO ENTER: We are looking for striking color and black and white
images of nature—on land, in the air and beneath the water’s surface—from anywhere
in the world. These images may show animal behavior, portraits of wildlife in natural
habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, or people interacting with nature. Do not
include photographs of pets or domestic animals. Images of captive animals photographed
in game farms or roadside zoos, or animals from these facilities photographed elsewhere
with handler’s control, will be disqualified. Captive animals photographed
in major zoos, wildlife research facilities or rehabilitation centers are acceptable.
Clearly label these animals as captive in the Subject box when uploading and provide
details in the Story box. Previously published photos may be entered; however, please
include information on when and where the photos appeared. Winning photos from other
competitions may also be entered, but include the name of the contests and the years
they won. Such information is informative only and will not influence judges’ decisions.
Entrants’ submissions must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer
or person and entrants must not submit images that involve the willful harassment
of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer.
Donations: If you wish to donate any of your images to the National Wildlife
Federation for use in furthering its mission, please check the appropriate box for
each image during uploading. Donor warrants that his or her entry materials are
original, do not infringe on any third party’s rights, and that participant has
obtained any necessary permissions from any third party if a third party or third
party’s property appears in the photograph. Donors retain ownership of their photos
to use them as they wish, and grant NWF, its subsidiaries, affiliates and partners
an irrevocable non-exclusive license to reproduce, publish, circulate or otherwise
use the photographs howsoever in any medium now in existence or to be established,
throughout the world in perpetuity. NWF greatly appreciates all image donations.
Digital Alterations: All photographs should accurately reflect the subject
matter and the scene as it appeared. 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), where multiple
exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range, and similar
processes for extended depth of field. 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.
DEADLINE: The final date for submitting photos is July 15, 2013, at
11:59 pm North American Eastern Daylight Time. To avoid uploading delays, do not
wait until the final days of the contest to enter. In past years, the large
number of entrants trying to upload their photos just prior to deadline caused technical
problems which left them unable to enter. NWF anticipates notifying winners by early
JUDGING: Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence,
composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Judges will be the design
director, photo director and other staff members of National Wildlife. All
decisions by the judges will be final and binding.
Winners may be viewed beginning late November 2013 at www.nwf.org/PhotoZone. A list of winning entrants is also available by sending
a request and self-addressed, stamped envelope to NWPC, National Wildlife Federation,
11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190. Vermont residents may omit return
PRIZES: One Grand Prize, 8 First Place prizes and 8 Second Place prizes will
be awarded as listed below. First and Second Place Winners with addresses within
the United States have a choice of two prizes; Winners outside the United States
will receive cash prizes. All amounts are in U.S. dollars. NWF will also award Honorable
Mentions from the finalists as the judges deem appropriate. Prizes are made possible
by the entry fee; no NWF funds are used for these prizes. All Winners and Honorable
Mentions will appear on NWF’s website at www.nwf.org/PhotoZone.
NWF will also select and publish certain Winners and Honorable Mentions from any
category in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of National Wildlife. NWF
will send two copies of that issueto the entrants whose photos are published in
it. The Winners may be notified by postal service mail or email.
1. Grand Prize: A 3-day, 2-night stay for two (2) people at
the Tundra Buggy Lodge in Churchill,
Manitoba, to see and photograph polar bears,
plus maximum of $1,000 reimbursement for
(Approximate retail value: $8,800) (details)
2. First Place, one for each category plus one in Youth Division Winners with addresses
(8 total): United States:
A choice of either
Apple iPad (value: $500 each)
Cash Prize of $500
Winners with addresses outside the
Cash Prize of $500
3. Second Place, one for each category plus one in Youth Division Winners with addresses
(8 total): United States:
A choice of either
Apple iPod (value: $300 each)
Cash Prize of $300
Winners with addresses outside the
Cash Prize of $300
4. Honorable Mentions NWF 2014 calendar (value: $15.99 each)
NWF reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event
the offered prize is unavailable. No substitution or transfer of prizes permitted
except as provided herein.
YOUR RIGHTS: Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use
of the photographs they enter except for the following: Your entry to the contest
constitutes your agreement to allow your entered photographs—and your name, occupation,
city, state and country of residence—to be published as Winners or Honorable Mentions
in National Wildlife magazine and on the NWF website, and you grant to NWF
and its licensees the perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute,
display and create derivative works of the entry (along with a name credit) in connection
with the NWPC and promotion for the NWPC, in any media now or hereafter
known. Entrants also agree to the use of their entered photos in the National Wildlife
magazine’s online Photo of the Week and Caption Contest features.
HOW TO ENTER: All entrants first create their contest account, providing
contact information and a password for their personal entry page. Entrants must
agree to these Rules by checking the appropriate box. Entrants coming to the NWPC
site through Facebook allow NWF to use information from their Facebook accounts
to pre-populate their contest account forms. Entrants can then select a name for
their set(s) of photos to enter and can begin uploading their images. Entrants who
upload their photos and pay the fee to enter the contest between 12:00 am (EDT)
April 1, 2013 to 11:59 pm (EDT) May 15, 2013, may enter up to fifteen (15) photos
for their first set only; additional sets will be up to ten (10) photos per set.
Entrants can continue to upload their additional five (5) photos for their first
set at any time during the contest as long as they enter and pay the fee for their
first set by 11:59 pm (EDT) May 15, 2013. Entrants who enter the contest and pay
the fee after 11:59 pm (EDT) May 15, 2013, will be able to enter up to ten (10)
photos per set. Set names are known only to entrants and NWF does not see these
names. Each photo must be entered into the desired category. Photographers
may enter all images in a single category or select different categories for different
photos. Photos may be color or black and white.
All photos must have complete information attached, including their subjects, locations,
stories behind the photos, digital adjustments and camera equipment. The
judges use this information to help them select the winners. Not providing full information
may hurt your chances of winning.
You do not need to upload all photos at once. You may return to your Create Set
page at any time by logging in with your email address and password. You may delete
photos, add new ones, edit photo information or move photos from one set to another
at any time up to the deadline. Any photos which are weekly top vote-getters in
the People’s Choice Award cannot be deleted or moved, but entrants can still edit
photo information. See below for more information on the People’s Choice Award.
Only digitally uploaded images can be entered. Mailed or shipped entries will not
be accepted. Entrants encountering technical problems while uploading may
request permission to submit their photos on a non-returnable disk or as non-returnable
prints via mail or courier; please request such permission by July 14, 2013, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. NWF will not accept any such requests
made on the day of the deadline (July 15, 2013) or afterward. Disks or prints thus
submitted by mail or courier must be postmarked or dated by July 15, 2013, and will
not be returned.
Fee: Though you will see your uploaded photos on your Create Set page, the
photos are not actually entered into the contest, or eligible for the People’s Choice
Award, made viewable by others or sharable, until the contest fee is paid.
When you are ready to pay, click “Checkout” to go to the payment page. A fee of $20
is charged for each set of ten (10) photos (fifteen (15) photos for the first set
if entrant enters and pays the fee prior to 11:59 pm (EDT) May 15, 2013).
This fee is used to provide the prizes and help NWF in its conservation efforts.
Payment is made on a secure web page using a major credit card. With payment of
the entry fee, non-members will receive a year’s subscription to National Wildlife.
If the fee for each set you create is not paid by the deadline of July 15, 2013,
any uploaded photos in that set will not be entered into the contest or made viewable
Prepare Your Photos: Camera-made digital images or scans of slides or prints
must be uploaded as jpg, gif or png files. Photos should be at least 10 x 15 inches
at 72 pixels per inch with a file size of no less than 390 kilobytes (saved at the
maximum quality setting). If your photos are larger than that, there is no need
to reduce their sizes—larger images are acceptable and may improve your photos’
quality. There is a maximum file size of 20 megabytes per image. Original
sizes of camera-made digital photos must be 3 megapixels or larger.
Images should be in RGB format. For maximum color rendition online, the preferred
color profile is sRGB, but Adobe RGB and similar common profiles are acceptable.
Images that do not meet this standard may or may not be judged at the judges’ sole
Original slides or negatives for scanned photographs must be available on request,
but do not send them unless requested. If you do not have digital scans of your slides
or negatives, or the capability to make them, inquire at your local camera store
or photo lab. It is quite easy and inexpensive to have digital files made
from your photos. For further information on editing and resizing your photos, see
our page on
Preparing Your Photos
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: If you wish to have your entered photos eligible for the People’s
Choice Award, viewable for voting by the public and sharable with family and friends
through social media, you must check the appropriate box for each entered photo.
Not checking this box means your entered photos will be seen only by the judges.
There are two rounds to this public competition. The first round will open at 12:00
am EDT on April 8, 2013 (one week after the start of the contest), and close July
22, 2013. The final round will open on July 23, 2013, and end August 5, 2013.
The first round of the People’s Choice Award consists of weekly contests
where the four (4) photos with the most votes each week are selected as top vote-getters.
All weekly contests start on Mondays and all the photos entered and shared (by clicking
the appropriate box) are eligible for voting, except photos entered by any entrant
who already has a top vote-getter.
Entrants who submitted the top weekly vote-getters will no longer be able to delete
or move these photos but will be able to edit photo information, and can change
or delete their non-top vote-getting photos. Entrants can have a top vote-getter
only once; all their photos are then ineligible for further voting. If more than
one photo from the same entrant is among the four top vote-getters in any week,
only the photo which has the most votes will be selected. The photo with the next
highest vote from another entrant will then be moved up to be a top vote-getter,
so that each top vote-getter will be from a different entrant.
Photos from other entrants which are not selected as one of the top four vote-getters
in any weekly contest will continue to be eligible for subsequent weeks’ contests,
though their votes will revert to zero at the start of each weekly contest.
The top four (4) vote-getters of each weekly contest will then compete in the final
round. The judges will determine if all categories and both divisions are
represented among the top vote-getters. If not, the photos for any missing categories
or divisions with the most total votes will be added to the final round. The photo
with the most votes in the final round will be named the People’s Choice and will
appear in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of National Wildlife and online.
LEGAL CONDITIONS: By entering this competition, you agree to these entry
terms and the following legal conditions:
By entering, participants warrant that his or her entry materials are original,
do not infringe on any third party’s rights, and that participant has obtained any
necessary permissions from any third party if a third party or third party’s property
appears in the photograph. NWF reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it
finds in its sole discretion that any of the foregoing warranties are not true.
Decisions of NWF shall be final and binding.
By entering, participants release and hold harmless NWF, its affiliated organizations,
and each of their directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives
(collectively, the “Companies”) from any and all liability for any injuries, loss,
claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or related to the NWPC,
any prize won, any use of the entry materials by NWF, the warranties participants
make, any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, participation in any NWPC-related
activity, or participation in the NWPC.
The contest is governed by the laws of the United States and is subject to applicable
federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Participant agrees that any and
all disputes that cannot be resolved with the Companies, and causes of action arising
out of or connected with the NWPC, shall be resolved individually, without resort
to any form of class action, before a court of competent jurisdiction located in
Fairfax County, Virginia, which court shall apply the laws of the Commonwealth of
Virginia without regard for rules of conflicts of law. In any such dispute, participant
shall, under no circumstances, be entitled to claim punitive, incidental or consequential
damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s
actual out-of-pocket expenses (if any) associated with participating in the NWPC.
Participant hereby waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
Any attempt by an entrant or other individual to deliberately damage any website
or undermine the legitimate operation of the NWPC is a violation of criminal and
civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, the Companies reserve the right
to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
The Companies are 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 NWPC, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing
of submissions to the NWPC, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical
errors. The Companies assume 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, photographs. The
Companies are 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 NWPC.
All federal, state, and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prize packages are the
sole responsibility of the winners. U.S. winners will be issued an IRS Form 1099
for the appropriate approximate retail value (ARV) of a prize, if applicable. Winners
may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize
Acceptance Form. Return of any prize and/or prize notification as undeliverable
or failure of any entrant to comply with any Official Rules may result in disqualification.
If, for any reason, the NWPC is not capable of completion as planned, including,
but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized
intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of
the Companies that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity
or proper conduct of the NWPC, the Companies reserve the right at their sole discretion
to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the NWPC.
In no event will the Companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, or their
directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives be responsible
or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct indirect, incidental,
consequential or punitive damages arising out of participant’s access to and use
of the Companies’ websites, or the downloading or uploading and/or printing of material
from said sites. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the Companies’ sites
is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. Some
jurisdictions may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental
or consequential damages, so some of the foregoing limitations or exclusions may
not apply to you. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding
these limitations or exclusions.
HOW TO CONTACT US: Questions and inquiries regarding contest rules or technical
matters, including problems uploading photos, can be emailed to
The National Wildlife Federation is not responsible for lost, damaged, late or misdirected
photographs, or for uploading connections, garbled transmissions, unauthorized intervention
or technical malfunctions. Void where prohibited.
Removal from mailing list: Any individual may elect to exclude his or her
name and address from all lists used by NWF to mail skill contests by submitting
a removal request to NWPC, National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive,
Reston, VA 20190.
WHO CAN VOTE: Anyone thirteen (13) years of age and older can vote after
providing his or her name, an email address, postal code and password. The password
is intended for voters to bypass registration and make it easy to vote on subsequent
days. An email address is required in case the password is forgotten. Voters must
agree to these Rules for voting by checking the appropriate box. Voters coming to
the NWPC site through Facebook allow NWF to use information from their Facebook
accounts to pre-populate their contest account forms.
WHEN: There are two rounds, and voters can vote in either or both rounds.
The first round of the People’s Choice Award will open at 12:00 am North American
Eastern Daylight Time on April 8, 2013 (one week after the opening of the contest
and acceptance of entries) and close July 22, 2013 (one week after the close of
entries). Final round will open on July 23, 2013, and end August 5, 2013.
HOW: The first round of the People’s Choice Award consists of weekly
contests starting on Mondays. All the photos entered and allowed to be shared are
eligible for voting, except photos entered by any entrant who already has a top
vote-getter. All photos start with zero votes for each week’s contest. In each weekly
contest, voters can vote once per day for as many photos as they wish. Each vote
must be from a single person and single email address. Votes found to be for the
same photo from multiple email addresses on the same day from the same person, as
determined by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), will be disqualified.
The top four (4) vote-getters of each weekly contest will compete in the final round.
In this round, voters can vote for one photo per day from all the weekly
top vote-getters. In addition, the judges will determine if all categories and both
divisions are represented among the top vote-getters. If not, the photos for any
missing categories or divisions with the most total votes will be added to the final
round. As with the weekly contests, each vote must be from a single person and single
All top vote-getters will be reviewed by the judges to ensure that they follow the
terms, conditions and spirit of the NWPC. NWF reserves the right to verify, in its
sole judgment, that photos in the final round are eligible for the People’s Choice
The Grand Prize is a 3-day, 2-night stay for two (2) people at the Tundra Buggy Lodge
at Polar Bear Point, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, at the Adventurer Level.
Grand Prize is also valid for one (1) person if Grand Prize Winner does not bring
a guest. The trip is sponsored by
Frontiers North Adventures, a company providing
unique itineraries and amazing adventures for small groups of travelers in Canada’s
north since 1986. The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a mobile lodge with overnight accommodations,
lounge and dining area, set up in prime polar bear habitat and providing polar bear
viewing around the clock.
The start and end point for the trip will be Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Grand
Prize includes the following:
- Roundtrip coach air transportation from Winnipeg to Churchill for up to two (2)
persons (Grand Prize Winner and guest, if any)
- Two (2) nights’ accommodations at the Tundra Buggy Lodge
- Two (2) nights’ accommodations (one room) in Winnipeg prior to the trip and upon
- Most meals are included.
Grand Prize Winner and guest must provide their own transportation to and from Winnipeg,
arriving in Winnipeg at least one (1) day prior to scheduled start of trip and leaving
Winnipeg at least one day (1) following the end of the trip.
Trip must be taken between October 1, 2014, and November 15, 2014, or Grand Prize
Winner forfeits the Grand Prize in its entirety. Travel insurance is not
included, and NWF shall not be held liable for missed travel connections, sickness,
accidents or other incidents before, during or after the trip.
Approximate Retail Value of Grand Prize is $8,800 for two (2) persons ($4,400
for one (1) person), which includes a maximum of $1,000 in travel expense reimbursement
for two persons ($500 for one person) from the Grand Prize Winner’s home to Winnipeg
(“Reimbursed Travel Expenses”). Reimbursed Travel Expenses may include air, bus
or rail transportation or mileage if using your personal vehicle, meals while traveling,
and local taxis to and from departure/arrival depots. Personal vehicle use will
be reimbursed on a per-mile basis using the U.S. Internal Revenue Service mileage
reimbursement rate. Reimbursed Travel Expenses do not include overnight accommodations
if traveling by personal vehicle, tips, rental vehicles, towing charges, traffic
or parking tickets or other violations or such other expenses not deemed by NWF
to be a Reimbursed Travel Expense. Final approval of Reimbursed Travel Expenses
will be at NWF’s sole discretion. Original or photocopied receipts clearly listing
a description of the expense and total amount paid by Grand Prize Winner must be
supplied to NWF to qualify for reimbursement. For the avoidance of doubt,
NWF will not pay travel providers or vendors directly.
No refund or compensation will be made by NWF in the event of the cancellation or
delay of any flight. The Grand Prize and associated travel is subject to the National
Wildlife 2013 Photo Contest Rules, and those set forth by the airline carrier,
as detailed in the passenger ticket contracts. Guest of Grand Prize Winner must
be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older, unless accompanied by his/her parent
or legal guardian, and must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize
Acceptance Form. The Grand Prize Winner and his/her guest must execute Affidavit
of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize Acceptance Forms prior to the issuance
of travel documents. If the potential Grand Prize Winner or guest is a minor, as
determined by the laws of the state in which s/he resides, the Affidavit of Eligibility/Release
of Liability/Prize Acceptance Form must be signed by that minor’s parent or legal
guardian on the minor’s behalf. A parent or legal guardian must accompany a traveling
minor. The Grand Prize Winner’s guest must travel on same itinerary and at the same
time as the Grand Prize Winner. Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations
may apply. The Grand Prize Winner and guest are solely responsible for obtaining
valid passports and any other documents necessary for international travel. The
Grand Prize Winner and guest are solely responsible for their own conduct while
accepting the Grand Prize and agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations
pertaining to use and enjoyment of the Grand Prize. NWF will not replace any lost,
mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates. Advance booking,
certain blackout dates and restrictions may apply.
Tentative Grand Prize Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Winnipeg. Overnight.
Day 2: Early morning departure from Winnipeg. There will be some free time in Churchill
before being transferred to the Tundra Buggy Launch in mid-afternoon. Board the
Tundra Buggy and trek to the Lodge, meandering along the tundra, with the opportunity
to view, photograph and learn about polar bears, other Arctic wildlife and the tundra
environment. Arrive at Tundra Buggy Lodge for first overnight stay.
After breakfast, depart the lodge by Buggy, spending the day on the tundra in search
of wildlife. Overnight at Tundra Buggy Lodge.
After breakfast, depart the lodge on the final Tundra Buggy expedition, meandering
slowly across the tundra. Arrive at Tundra Buggy Launch and transfer to Churchill
airport for evening flight to Winnipeg.
Depart or stay in Winnipeg on your own schedule.