A polar bear drifting on sea ice in the Tremblay Sound, Canada
Photo Contest 2018 A polar bear drifting on sea ice in the Tremblay Sound, Canada © © Florian Ledoux/TNC Photo Contest 2018


The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest Returns in August 2021


Today, The Nature Conservancy announced the return of its 2021 Photo Contest, which was on hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The much-loved photography contest will begin accepting submissions starting today through the contest’s deadline of August 31, 2021.

Past winning photographs have come from all corners of the world and featured a wide range of incredible animals, locations and moments that celebrate the beauty of nature. The top prize in 2019 went to photographer Tyler Schiffman of California, USA for his underwater photo of a California sea lion (Zalophus californianus). His was one of a record number of entries in 2019: 121,774 photos from 152 countries, the most ever received.

This year’s winning images will be selected by a panel of judges that includes renowned American singer-songwriter Ben Folds, who is himself an avid photographer and a member of the prestigious Sony Artisans of Imagery.

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, who will receive a camera package (valued at $4,000), $750 gift cards will be given to each first-place winner in four other categories: People and Nature, Landscape, Water, and Wildlife. Second-place winners in each category will receive a $500 gift card. Readers can also vote on their favorite image between September 4 and September 15 for the People’s Choice Award, which will receive a $1,000 gift card.

Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to enter. All winning images will be announced in September.

Go to nature.org/photocontest for more info on contest rules, photo specifications and how to enter.

To view all the 2019 winning photos please visit:



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 www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.