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.
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.
Second Place, 2012. Baby Sandhill Crane, Deland, Florida. Photo by Scott Helfrich.
Canon EOS 7D Mark III DSLR, 300mm f/2.8 lens.
Honorable Mention, 2014. Hippos, Africa. Photo by Andy Nguyen.
Nikon D7100 DSLR, 500mm lens.
Honorable Mention, 2014. Black Bear Cub, Smoky Mountains National Park.
Photo by Steve Perry.
Nikon D4 DSLR, 600mm lens.
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.
Honorable Mention, 2013. Northern Cardinals, North Carolina. Photo by Sven Halling.
Honorable Mention, 2015. Green Caterpillar, Washington. Photo by Sonya Lang.
Canon EOS 60D Mark III, 100mm macro lens.
Second Place, 2014. Burrowing Owlet, Cape Coral, Florida. Photo by Megan Lorenz.
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR, 500mm lens.
Second Place, 2011. Wine-throated Hummingbird, Guatemala. Photo by Knut Eisermann.
Nikon D200 DSLR, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens.
Honorable Mention, 2013. Southern Cassowary, Australia. Photo by Christian Ziegler.
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
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.
Honorable Mention, 2015. Gentoo Penguin and Photographer. Photo by Martin van Lokven.
Nikon D2X DSLR, 500mm f/4 telephoto lens, tripod.
Honorable Mention, 2013. Looking Up, Arches National Park. Photo by Max Seigal.
Nikon D600 DSLR, 16-35mm f/4 lens.
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
First Place, 2014. Beech Forest, Hallerbos, Belgium. Photo by Cristóbal Serrano.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24-70mm f/4 lens.
Second Place, 2013. Foggy Valley View, Yosemite National Park. Photo by Ira Estin.
Nikon D200 DSLR.
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.
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.
First Place, 2012. Leopard Seal and Gentoo Penguin, Antarctica. Photo by Amos Nachoum.
Canon EOS 1DS Mark III, 16-35mm lens.
First Place, 2011. Northern Flying Squirrel, Flathead National Forest, Montana.
Photo by Alex Badyaev.
Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 24-405mm lens.
Second Place, 2012. Fish in a Barrel, Knight Inlet, British Columbia. Photo by Jamie Scarrow.
Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm f/4 lens.
Second Place, 2012. Jumping Spider, Duke Forest, North Carolina. Photo by Colin Hutton.
Canon EOS 7D, MP-E macro lens and 580EX II Flash.
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.
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.
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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