National Wildlife Magazine Announces 2021 Photo Contest Winners

More Than 40,400 Entries Feature Diverse Images of Wildlife, Nature from Around the Globe

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Wildlife Federation is proud to announce the winners of the 50th annual National Wildlife® Photo Contest. This year’s winners hail from six different nations — Canada, China, Kenya, Kuwait, Thailand and the United States — and six U.S. states: Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin. 

“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.”

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. 

In addition to the Grand Prize — called the Nature’s Witness Award — the National Wildlife Federation announced first- and second-place awards in each of eight categories: Mammals, Birds, Baby Animals, Landscapes & Plants, People in Nature, Other Wildlife, Young Nature Photographers and Mobile. A single winner was also chosen in a new Portfolio category.  

The National Wildlife Federation congratulates all 18 winners and thanks everyone who participated in the 2021 contest. All nature photographers, both amateur and professional, are also invited to enter the 51st annual contest, opening January 12, 2022. See the winning images here.

The winning images are free for use and distribution with proper attribution given to the photographers and National Wildlife® magazine. Photo credits should be displayed as “[Photographer name], 2021 National Wildlife® Photo Contest.” Please reach out to Cait Fallon for print-sized versions.


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