Connecting with nature for yourself is incredible. Sharing that connection with others is priceless.
Grab your camera and head outside to capture the beauty of Michigan's nature! From the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan to the goldfinch resting in your garden, there’s so much to discover!
The Nature Conservancy invites Michiganders to submit their photos of nature to the 2023 Photo Contest. Categories include flora & fauna, landscape, water, and people & nature. As a participant, you’ll showcase your talent, connect with fellow nature enthusiasts, be eligible for a variety of local and global prizes, and inspire others to protect our state's natural wonders.
Contest open to photographers ages 18 and older
All submissions due by September 29
Categories for Michigan Prizes
Flora & Fauna
A celebration of Michigan's wildlife: mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, aquatic animals, plants and fungi. Excludes domestic and captive species.
Showcases a sense of place and shows the beauty of Michigan’s natural areas. May include people or wildlife but primary focus should be on the landscape.
A celebration of the Great Lakes State and the water that surrounds us. May include people or wildlife but must predominantly feature water.
People & Nature
A person or people in an outdoor setting or the impact of people in nature, such as a city park, building or other human-made construction.
Our panel of Michigan judges will select one (1) grand prize winner and four (4) category winners, one for each category. The grand prize winner will receive a $300 gift card and category winners will each receive a $150 gift card for Carhartt, Merrell, REI or Moosejaw (winner’s choice).
Winning photos will be featured in a press release, highlighted on nature.org, and shared on TNC Michigan's social media. They'll also be published in TNC Michigan's annual Conservation Report—which is distributed to more than 15,000 people.
Submissions will also be eligible for global prizes.
These Michiganders will judge your images based on their composition, technical quality, creativity and story.
Still trying to take that perfect shot?
From scenic coastlines to sunlit prairies, TNC’s preserves and reserves across Michigan are a haven for nature. You just might find your photo entry at one of these special locations.