2021 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

National Wildlife's 2021 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

AS THE WORLD has reeled in the grip of a pandemic, many of us have discovered new ways of living, seeing the planet and engaging with nature. For some, that meant clinging close to our families. Many sought solace in nature’s beauty. Others—including the more than 4,300 photographers who entered our 50th annual photo contest—chose to share the beauty they’ve found in the world.

This year's winners and honorable mentions, chosen from more than 40,400 entries, reflect that beauty with tenderness, power and emotional punch. “It’s always a thrill to see the powerful, inspiring images submitted to our contest,” says Lisa Moore, editorial director of National Wildlife® magazine. “Some photos may make you weep or wince. Others may evoke wonder, a laugh or a peaceful breath. All help illustrate the vast diversity of wild animals and the places they call home.”

Their home is our home. Their fate and ours are entwined. Perhaps the greatest power of photography is to help us feel that shared connection and to inspire us to help it endure.

Win Bragging Rights—and Prizes!

The 53rd annual National Wildlife Photo Contest is now open. First- and second-place winners in multiple categories receive cash prizes, and scores more receive honorable mentions—as well as the chance to see their photos published in print or online.


Amateur and professional photographers, this contest is for you. Show us your best images of wildlife and wild lands, from around the world and your own backyard. Your photos inspire our millions of members and supporters to care about wildlife and to act on its behalf. By submitting your work, you also support the National Wildlife Federation’s mission to protect wildlife species and habitats. Good luck!

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