The Nature Conservancy Accepting Entries for Global Photo Contest throughout August

Entrants can share Michigan’s beauty with the world, have a chance at winning prizes

A small inlet within an ice shelf along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Ice covers the ground as water rushes in. The sun sets on the horizon.
The Beauty of Michigan Enter the 2022 photo contest to show the world the beauty of Michigan and the Great Lakes. © Stephen Carmickle/TNC Photo Contest 2021

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Calling all shutterbugs: The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is accepting entries for its global photo contest from now until August 31. There’s no cost to enter. Winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges, and the top photos will win prizes ranging from an Amazon gift card to round-trip airfare and admission to an Extreme E race in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

“Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, from fall foliage in the Upper Peninsula, to picturesque lakeside sunsets and sunlit forests,” said Helen Taylor, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Michigan. “We’re encouraging professional and amateur photographers in the Great Lakes State to submit their photos and show the world why Michigan is an outdoor lover’s dream.”

Photos will be judged according to six categories, including:

  • People and nature
  • Landscape
  • Water
  • Wildlife 
  • Plants or fungi
  • Climate

The judging panel is comprised of photographers and documentary filmmakers, including Ami Vitale, Coyote Peterson, Brian Adams, Smita Sharma and Luciano Candisani, along with TNC staff.

Among the entries, a Grand Prize winner, Guest Judge Choice winner and Celebrity Choice winner will be chosen, followed by first- and second-place awards for each of the six categories.

The Grand Prize winner will win a trip to Punta del Este, Uruguay, to attend an Extreme E race. The Guest Judge Choice winner will receive a camera kit valued at $5,000. The Celebrity Choice winner will receive a $2,500 gift card and a virtual meeting with Coyote Peterson. The first-place winners will be awarded a $750 gift card, and second-place winners will receive a $500 gift card. 

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. The Nature Conservancy is working to make a lasting difference around the world in 77 countries and territories (41 by direct conservation impact and 36 through partners) through a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on X.