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Enter the 44th Annual National Wildlife® Photo Contest and you could see your photo featured in an upcoming issue of National Wildlife® magazine, right next to pictures from the world’s top nature photographers.
Plus, you’ll have a shot at the Grand Prize – a trip for two to see and photograph polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, as well as $6,000 in prizes.
Eight 1st Place winners will receive $500 each and eight 2nd Place winners will receive $250 each. See the official contest rules for more details. View the complete Contest Rules here.
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Your $20 entry fee gives you:
  • The opportunity to enter 10 photographs in the competition. Pay by April 30th and get to submit 10 extra photos for FREE as your Early Bird Bonus!
  • The chance to enter your photos for consideration for the People’s Choice Award, a separate competition voted on by registered visitors to the National Wildlife®Photo Contest website.
  • And remember, winners get their photos published in National Wildlife® magazine and on our website, where they will be seen by millions.
Best of all, your $20 entry fee will support National Wildlife Federation’s efforts to protect wildlife and wild places across the country, including projects like restoring bison to tribal lands, saving the waters endangered orcas depend on from pollution and preserving wild public lands for future generations.
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You can enter photos in seven different categories or our Youth Division:
Baby Animals
Baby Animals
Portraits and behavior of young animals of any species.
Birds
Birds
Portraits and behavior of birds.
Mammals
Mammals
Portraits and behavior of mammals.
Other Wildlife
Other Wildlife
Portraits and behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders and more).
Landscapes and Plant Life
Landscapes and Plant Life
Scenic views and native plants in wild settings.
Backyard Habitat
Backyard Habitat
Wild creatures, native plants and natural settings in your yard.
Connecting People and Nature
Connecting People and Nature
People enjoying the outdoors.
Youth Division
Youth Division
For photographers ages 13 to 17.
Youth Division: Photographers ages 13 - 17. When registering online, Youth level entrants must read and accept Youth Agreement and have their parent or legal guardian also agree by checking the appropriate boxes on the Youth Agreement page.
Photographers younger than 13, please click here for details on how to enter Ranger Rick’s photo contest.
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Early Bird Bonus!: Enter and upload your photos by April 30, 2014 and you’ll get to enter 10 additional photos in the contest.
How the Registration and Entry Process Works: In order to enter the contest or vote in the People’s Choice competition, you must register for the contest first. Here’s a quick step-by-step breakdown:
Step 1: Create an account. It takes only moments and will allow you to upload images (up to 10 per set) and to vote in the People’s Choice Contest. You can also login using your Facebook account! If you were part of the contest in a previous year, your old login will still be valid, so you do not have to create a new account for this year.
Step 2: Activate your account. Those of you creating new accounts will receive an email with a link to activate your account. Once you click on the link, you’ll be able to start uploading photos and/or voting for images immediately.
Step 3: Pay the $20 entry fee. Your photos are not officially entered into either the National Wildlife® Photo Contest or the People’s Choice Contest until you’ve paid the $20 entry fee. The fee supports National Wildlife Federation’s conservation efforts. Pay the fee by April 30, 2014 and you’ll get to enter 10 extra photos for FREE thanks to our Early Bird Bonus.
Contest Deadlines:
Contest opens: April 1, 2014
People’s Choice voting opens: April 7, 2014
Early Bird Deadline (10 extra photos): April 30, 2014
Last Day to Enter: July 14, 2014
View the complete Contest Rules here.
Read the Contest FAQs here.
Learn what the judges are looking for here.