Black swallowtail butterfly hangs from turks cap lily bloom.
Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly on Turk's Cap Lily By entering your Ohio photos in this year's contest, you'll be eligible to win both global and local prizes. © Mark Archibald/TNC Photo Contest 2022

2023 Photo Contest Winners for Ohio

See the beauty of Ohio through local photography.

The 2023 Photo Contest is now closed.

Thanks for Submitting Your Best Shots!

Thank you for showing us Ohio through your lens! The Nature Conservancy's 2023 Photo Contest is now closed for submissions. We are pleased to share the following winners from Ohio.

2023 Photo Contest Winners for Ohio

Grand Prize Winner

Jordan McLeland, A Moment on the Wing

A duck takes off from lake, wings barely grazing the water's surface.
A Moment on the Wing Taken from a floating blind in an Ohio lake, this female hooded merganser took to the sky. Not before giving some beautiful reflections of her wingtips across the water. © Jordan McLeland/TNC Photo Contest 2023

Wildlife Category

Eric McBride, Whitetail Fawn

A whitetail deer fawn hunkers down in bed of grass.
Whitetail Fawn A whitetail deer fawn lies curled in the grass waiting for its mom to return. Photo taken in Cleveland, Ohio. © Eric McBride/TNC Photo Contest 2023

People and Nature Category

Lily Rice, Why We Wander

Double exposure of side profile of head against backdrop of waterfall.
Why We Wander My partner, Zana, in side profile on a double exposure of Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. © Lily Rice/TNC Photo Contest 2023

Landscape Category

Rachel Kuhen, Tuck in for the Night

A group of mushrooms extends out of a mossy bed on the forest floor.
Tuck in for the Night As the sun started to set in the Cleveland Metroparks, I captured this photo of a few mushrooms that grew from under the moss. © Rachel Kuhen/TNC Photo Contest 2023

Whether you're a resident of Ohio or a visitor captivated by the natural wonders of the Buckeye State, we invite you to showcase your talent, connect with fellow nature enthusiasts and create lasting memories through the art of photography. Join us in celebrating the beauty of Ohio's landscapes, one frame at a time.

The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest is open to photographers ages 18 and older and welcomes entries in various categories, including wildlife, people and nature, and landscapes. In addition to competing for a variety of global prizes, photos taken in Ohio will be automatically eligible to win exciting local prizes and contribute to the conservation of Ohio's natural areas.

Categories for Ohio Prizes

  • Wildlife

    A celebration of Ohio’s mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects and aquatic animals. Images of domestic or captive animals are not permitted.

  • People and Nature

    A person or people in an outdoor setting or the impact of people in nature, such as a building or other human-made construction.

  • Landscape

    Showcases a sense of place and shows the beauty of Ohio’s natural areas. May include people or wildlife but primary focus should be on the landscape.

Prizes and Judges

Small creek winds through lush green forest surrounded by rocky outcroppings.
Ohio The Sphinx Head rock formation found in the cave area of Old Mans Cave. The Hocking Hills is one of the most geographically diverse regions of Ohio. © Alex Snyder/TNC

Ohio Prizes

Our grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and category winners will each receive a $250 cash prize along with a TNC gift package.

Winning photos will be featured in a press release, highlighted on and shared on TNC Ohio's social media. They'll also be published in TNC's Our Ohio Nature biannual print newsletter—which is distributed to more than 30,000 people.

Submissions will also be eligible for global prizes. 


Aerial view of forest and open meadow at Big Darby Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve in the fall.
Big Darby Headwaters Stay tuned on details about next year's contest. © David Ike