Announcing the 2022 Adventures in Nature Student Photo Contest


Three avocets stand in a line in shallow water.
Three Avocets Three Avocets by Arnav Ved won third place in the "Adventures in Nature” student photo contest. © Arnav Ved

It’s time to get outdoors and focus on nature. Arizona students ages 13 – 18 are invited to submit nature photos to the 9th annual “Adventures in Nature” photo contest. Photos should showcase Arizona’s natural beauty, wildlife and people. Photos can capture nature in your backyard or around your neighborhood.

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 a virtual awards ceremony on May 5, 2022.

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

Last year the contest attracted 3,742 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 15, 2022. Enter the contest here

View last year’s winning photos and meet the finalists.

For more information contact Tana Kappel at The Nature Conservancy at 520-547-3432 or email

Arizona Highways

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

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 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.