2020 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

National Wildlife's 2020 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

THROUGH LUCK, PATIENCE, PRACTICE AND PASSION, the 49th annual National Wildlife® Photo Contest winners and honorable mentions reveal a world of wonder. More than 3,200 people submitted nearly 29,800 images, which we judged blind to select our favorites. The photographers featured here hail from 26 different U.S. states and territories and 17 nations. All are driven to explore the world—near their own homes or in remote corners—to capture and share its magic. 

“Every photographer who enters our contest is someone we think of as a ‘Nature’s Witness,’ using their passion for the natural world to create beautiful images that can inspire conservation,” said Lisa Moore, editorial director and editor-in-chief of National Wildlife magazine. “Whether they’re alone in the dark shooting the Milky Way or quietly strolling through a neighborhood to capture the beauty of a butterfly, they witness the majesty — and fragility — of nature and the world we’re all committed to protect.” Each photographer's contribution also supports the National Wildlife Federation’s effort to protect wildlife species and their habitats — a mission that’s more important today than ever before.

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