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Photo Contest

The 2020 National Wildlife® Photo Contest is now closed 

The National Wildlife® Photo Contest—going stronger than ever after four decades—celebrates the power of beautiful photography to inspire conservation and connect people with nature. Amazing images of animals can prompt people to care and to work for their protection.

Students often have a passion for wildlife and nature that can inspire others and make a difference in the world—now and into the future. The National Wildlife Federation works to combat climate change, protect wildlife, and connect people with nature. Students can help with all these causes and more! Eco-Schools USA urges youth consider using their photography to help protect wildlife and wild places.

Age Range

Age on date of entry, 13-17.

Important Dates

January 15, 2020: Contest Opens

March 29, 2020: Contest Closes

Mid October 2020: Winners Notified (Subject to Change)

Mid November 2020: Winners Announced and Published 


Entrants 13 to 17 years of age MUST enter only the Youth Category and MUST obtain verified parental or guardian consent.  

Fee Waiver for Students of Registered Eco-Schools USA

When entering the National Wildlife Photo Contest, you will be first directed to a payment page. Students of registered Eco-Schools USA qualify for a fee waiver. For more information, send a request for a waiver code to Please include the school name in your request.  


One First Place prize and one second place prize will be awarded in the Youth category. Youth entrants also have a chance to compete for the Grand Prize. All amounts are in U.S. dollars. The Youth category prizes will be paid to consenting parent or guardian on the youth entrant’s behalf. NWF will also award Honorable Mentions from the finalists as the judges deem appropriate. All Winners and Honorable Mentions will appear on NWF’s website. NWF will also publish a selection of Winners and Honorable Mentions from any category in the December 2020-January 2021 issue of National Wildlife magazine, in print and online. Editors will send two copies of that issue to the Entrants whose photos are published. The winners will be notified by email.

  • Grand Prize: Cash Prize of $5000 and Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens
  • First Place: Cash Prize of $500
  • Second Place: Cash Prize of $250
  • Honorable Mentions: Each will receive a National Wildlife Federation calendar