Wildlife and Conservation Photography

To fuel your inspiration to get outside, enjoy nature and take some pictures, we present a selection of photos from past National Wildlife photo contests.

08-24-2017 // NWF Staff

A picture is worth a thousand words. Nature photography and its role in aiding conservation efforts is something near and dear to our hearts here at the National Wildlife Federation. Maybe there's a particular shot you've been planning, a hike you've been thinking of taking, or a park you've been wanting to explore. All you have to do is grab your camera, head outside and start taking photos.

National Wildlife Photo Contest participants help every day in many ways to raise awareness about the natural world and inspire people to protect the wildlife we all cherish. 


Baby Animals

Greater Crested Tern Chick
Second Place, 2012. Baby Sandhill Crane, Deland, Florida. Photo by Scott Helfrich.
Canon EOS 7D Mark III DSLR, 300mm f/2.8 lens.


Hippos, Africa
Honorable Mention, 2014. Hippos, Africa. Photo by Andy Nguyen.
Nikon D7100 DSLR, 500mm lens.


Black Bear Cub in a Tree
Honorable Mention, 2014. Black Bear Cub, Smoky Mountains National Park.
Photo by Steve Perry.
Nikon D4 DSLR, 600mm lens.


Backyard Habitats

Bumblebee on a Gaillardia Flower
First Place, 2014. Bumblebee on Gaillardia Flower, Indiana. Photo by Mark Brinegar.
Canon EOS 40D DSLR, MP-E 65mm macro lens, 580EX II Flash and Custom Diffuser.


Northern Cardinals
Honorable Mention, 2013. Northern Cardinals, North Carolina. Photo by Sven Halling.
Canon equipment.


Green Caterpillar
Honorable Mention, 2015. Green Caterpillar, Washington. Photo by Sonya Lang.
Canon EOS 60D Mark III, 100mm macro lens.


Burrowing Owlet
Second Place, 2014. Burrowing Owlet, Cape Coral, Florida. Photo by Megan Lorenz.
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR, 500mm lens.



Wine-throated Hummingbird (Atthis ellioti)
Second Place, 2011. Wine-throated Hummingbird, Guatemala. Photo by Knut Eisermann.
Nikon D200 DSLR, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens.


Southern cassowary feeds on the blue fruit of the Quandang tree
Honorable Mention, 2013. Southern Cassowary, Australia. Photo by Christian Ziegler.
Canon equipment.


Taiwan Barbet
Second Place, 2012. Taiwan Barbet, Taipei, Taiwan. Photo by Hal and Kirsten Snyder.
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, 600mm lens with a 1.4x teleconverter, tripod.


Connecting People and Nature

diving down onto a healthy coral reef
Second Place, 2011. Diver and Healthy Coral Reef, Indonesia. Photo by Brandon Cole.
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, 15mm fisheye lens, underwater housing and strobes.


Gentoo Penguin and nearby photographer
Honorable Mention, 2015. Gentoo Penguin and Photographer. Photo by Martin van Lokven.
Nikon D2X DSLR, 500mm f/4 telephoto lens, tripod.


Looking Up, Arches National Park
Honorable Mention, 2013. Looking Up, Arches National Park. Photo by Max Seigal.
Nikon D600 DSLR, 16-35mm f/4 lens.


bohar snapper and photographer, Red Sea, Egypt
First Place, 2015. Bohar Snapper and Diving Photographer, Egypt. Photo by Chris Schenker.
Nikon D7000 DSLR in Nauticam housing, 10-17mm fisheye lens, 2 YS-D1 strobes.


Landscapes and Plant Life

Beech forest
First Place, 2014. Beech Forest, Hallerbos, Belgium. Photo by Cristóbal Serrano.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24-70mm f/4 lens.


Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
Second Place, 2013. Foggy Valley View, Yosemite National Park. Photo by Ira Estin.
Nikon D200 DSLR.


Aereal photo of Parque Natural Marismas del Odiel
Honorable Mention, 2011. Aerial Photo in the Natural Park of the Marshes of Odiel, Spain.
Photo by Francisco Mingorance.
Nikon D3S, 24-70mm lens, shot from a helicopter.



Lion and Water Buffalo, Tanzania
First Place, 2013. Lion and Water Buffalo, Tanzania. Photo by Tommy Rodgers.
Canon EOS 1DX, 300mm f/2.8 lens with a 1.4x teleconverter.


Gentoo Penguin and Leopard Seal
First Place, 2012. Leopard Seal and Gentoo Penguin, Antarctica. Photo by Amos Nachoum.
Canon EOS 1DS Mark III, 16-35mm lens.


Northern flying squirrel
First Place, 2011. Northern Flying Squirrel, Flathead National Forest, Montana.
Photo by Alex Badyaev.
Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 24-405mm lens.


Fish in a Barrel
Second Place, 2012. Fish in a Barrel, Knight Inlet, British Columbia. Photo by Jamie Scarrow.
Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm f/4 lens.


Other Wildlife

Jumping Spider
Second Place, 2012. Jumping Spider, Duke Forest, North Carolina. Photo by Colin Hutton.
Canon EOS 7D, MP-E macro lens and 580EX II Flash. 


Migrating Sockeye Salmon at Night
First Place, 2012. Migrating Sockeye Salmon, Adams River, British Columbia.
Photo by David Hall.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17-40mm lens, in subal housing with two ikelite strobes.


Frog and Tadpoles
Second Place, 2013. Frogs and tadpoles, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica.
Photo by Cristóbal Serrano.
Canon EOS 1D Mark II, EF 100mm f/2.8 lens.


Whale shark, Indonesia
First Place, 2013. Whale Shark, Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia. Photo by Adriana Basques.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 15mm lens, Aquatica housing and glass megadome.



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