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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.


Call For Entries!


The 51st annual photo contest is now open. Winners will receive cash prizes and scores more will win honorable mentions—as well as the chance to see their photographs featured in award-winning National Wildlife magazine in print or online.

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Whether lifelong professionals or avid amateurs, the photographers who enter their images display a love of nature and an appreciation of how photography can inspire people to care about wildlife and wild lands, and to work for their protection. By submitting their work, each photographer 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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