National Wildlife Federation Calls for Photo Entries

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July 14th is Deadline for Photo Contest

National Wildlife magazine is announcing the last call for entries into its 41st annual photo contest. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, the contest deadline for photo entries is July 14, 2011.

Nature is one of the most inspiring of all photography subjects and since it’s always changing, no shot is ever the same. Cash prizes totaling more than $20,000 and other gifts will be awarded to the winners in seven categories in three separate levels: Professional, Amateur, and Youth. Winners will be published on the NWF website and a selection will appear in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of National Wildlife magazine.

  •     More than $20,000 in cash prizes,
  •     Two $5,000 grand prizes - one for pro and one for amateur competition level -
  •     First place winner in each category receives Apple iPad – Second place Apple iPod
  •     75 honorable mentions

Submit up to10 images in 7 categories; backyard habitats, birds, connecting people and nature, landscapes and plant life, mammals, other wildlife, and new this year, animal babies.

The judges are looking for striking images of nature—on land, in the air and beneath the water’s surface—from anywhere in the world. These images may show animal behavior, portraits of wildlife in natural habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, or people interacting with nature.

Contestant Qualifications:

  •     Must be at least 13 years old
  •     Possess a valid credit card
  •     Have photos in digital format (information on sizing and how to upload will be given)
  •     Can provide descriptions and stories behind photos
  •     Have an email and mailing address
  •     $20 for each set of ten photos entered

People’s Choice Award: Along with traditional judging, a People’s Choice Award for the best photo will be awarded based on votes cast by the viewing audience. Anyone 13 years of age and older can vote after providing his or her name, an email address, postal code and password. The password is intended to bypass registration and continue to vote at a later time for newly entered photos.

The photo with the most votes in the final round will be named People’s Choice and will appear in the December/January 2011 issue of National Wildlife and online.

Entry Deadline: July 14, 2011. Voting for People’s Choice Award ends on August 14, 2011 - Winners announced late in August 2011.

For more information on contest and voting rules, visit

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