A fox in the snow looking at the camera.
2019 Student Photo Contest Fox Tails © Dallin Webb


Announcing the 2021 Adventures in Nature Photo Contest

Get Outdoors to Take Your Best Shot

It’s time to get outdoors and focus on nature. Arizona students ages 13 – 18 are invited to submit photos showcasing Arizona’s natural beauty, wildlife and people to the “Adventures in Nature” photo contest.

The top 10 winners will receive up to $10,000 in prize money plus gift certificates and passes to Nature Conservancy preserves in Arizona. The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on May 6.

Contest winners will also have their photos published by the contest sponsors: The Nature Conservancy in Arizona, Arizona Highways magazine and Cox Communications.

Photos are judged by a distinguished panel including John Schaefer, former UA president and a co-founder of the Center for Creative Photography on the UA Campus; Jeff Kida, photo editor at Arizona Highways magazine, Mark Skalny and Suzanne Mathia, awarding-winning photographers from Phoenix, Rick Wiley, photo editor at the Arizona Daily Star, and, the contest’s brainchild, Bob Billups, a photography volunteer at TNC in Tucson.

In 2019, the contest attracted more than 1,600 submissions from students around the state. The contest is intended to connect young people to the outdoors through photography.

Photographers may submit as many photos as they like. The deadline for submitting photos is midnight April 16, 2021. Enter the 2021 photo contest.

You can get more information and see the top ten finalists from 2019 on the 2019 contest winners page.  Or contact Tana Kappel at The Nature Conservancy at 520-547-3432 or tkappel@tnc.org.

Since 1925, Arizona Highways magazine has brought the beauty of Arizona to visitors and natives alike through its award-winning photography, travel journalism and steadfast commitment to discovering the state’s treasures. Helping to drive tourism to and through the state, Arizona Highways has subscribers in all 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Cox Communications is the third largest cable provider and a multi-service broadband communications company in the country, serving nearly 3 million residential and business product subscribers in Arizona (a product subscriber represents an individual service purchased by a customer)

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 75 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 38 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.