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Garden for Wildlife's 2022 Photo Contest


The 2022 Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest is now open!

The Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest seeks to illustrate the faces of Garden for Wildlife through striking, colorful images showcasing the impact of habitat gardens on wildlife and people–in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and on land, in the air, and in water. Submit your photographs now through October 16. Learn more about the Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest.

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Photo Contest 2022

The 2022 National Wildlife® Photo Contest is closed for entry

The National Wildlife® Photo Contest, which began over five decades ago, celebrates the power of photography to advance conservation and connect both photographers and viewers with wildlife and the outdoors. The most compelling nature images can help protect wildlife in profound ways.

Our 51st annual photo contest was open from January 12, 2022 through April 3, 2022. Every person who entered not only honored their own work, but also helped support the conservation mission of the National Wildlife Federation, which is dedicated to saving wildlife species and their habitats. Photographers retain rights to their work. Those who choose to donate some of their images share joint ownership with NWF, and further help us advance our conservation mission. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest. We sincerely appreciate your contribution and we’re glad you’re a part of this growing family of talented, dedicated people!

A selection of the winning photographs and honorable mentions from the 2022 contest will be published in the December 2022–January 2023 issue of National Wildlife magazine. All winning images, honorable mentions and will also be published on the National Wildlife Federation’s website. NWF anticipates notifying winners by early October 2022.



2021 Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest


We're proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest!

The 2021 Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest showcased the impact that habitat gardens can have on wildlife and people alike. Selected from more than 9,000 incredible images entered, this year's winning photographs—as well as the stunning photographs that earned honorable mentions—capture an array of creative and inspiring moments showcasing the power, breadth, and impact of habitat gardens.



A male orangutan climbs upward, away from a flooded forest floor that reflects the sky in Borneo, Indonesia.

We're proud to announce the winners of the
50th National Wildlife® Photo Contest!


The National Wildlife® Photo Contest, which began five decades ago, celebrates the power of photography to advance conservation and connect both photographers and viewers with wildlife and the outdoors. Compelling nature images can help protect wildlife in profound ways.

These images—made ethically in the wild—can inspire people to care about the creatures that share our planet—and to act on their behalf. For wildlife photographers, documenting the lives of animals is a passionate mission, revealing what’s often unseen and igniting human compassion for the natural world we’re all bound to protect. You’ll feel that bond when you gaze at these glorious winning images, standouts from the more than 40,400 we received in our 2021 photo contest. With special thanks to Tamron, proud supporter of the 2021 National Wildlife Photo Contest.




Tamron 2021



A crocodile swims through the water in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.

See the 49th annual National Wildlife® Photo Contest winners

The National Wildlife Photo Contest, which began nearly five decades ago, celebrates the power of nature photography. These compelling images—made ethically in the wild—can inspire people to care about the creatures that share our planet and act on their behalf. For wildlife photographers, documenting the lives of animals is a passionate mission—revealing what’s often unseen and igniting human compassion for the natural world we’re all bound to protect. You’ll feel that bond when you gaze at these glorious winning images and honorable mentions, standouts from the from the more than 29,000 we received in our 2020 photo contest. With special thanks to Tamron, proud supporter of the 2020 National Wildlife Photo Contest.




See National Wildlife Photo Contest photography on exhibit

The National Wildlife Federation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science are proud to present “Nature’s Witness™,” an exhibition of 50 powerful wildlife photographs chosen to inspire conservation. Check out our virtual exhibit.



You can further support our mission by becoming a member of the National Wildlife Federation, which entitles you to receive National Wildlife magazine as a benefit of membership. For more information on how to join and get the magazine, click here.

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