From Our Photo Contest Archive

  • Photograph by Lori Franzen
  • PhotoZone
  • Mar 31, 2023

IN THE CHILL of a dewy September morning, a green darner rests on a stem of grass, waiting for the sun to dry its wings. An “early riser,” Lori Franzen loves to walk the fields near her home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, using a macro lens to capture nature’s tiny gems. She says this “peaceful image” provides a “quiet connection to nature.”

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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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