A person riding a horse in a field.
The Scout The Scout // A lone cowboy surveys the sky as a powerful summer storm gathers above the Kansas Flint Hills. The Flint Hills provide some of the world's last large tracts of tallgrass prairie. The rains that come each summer ensure the grass is renewed for the millions of cattle that graze upon it. © Mark Clarke/TNC Photo Contest 2022


The Nature Conservancy Expands its Annual Photo Contest in Kansas

Local prizes for photos taken in Kansas offer more opportunities to win—while helping to preserve nature

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced its Global Photo Contest began accepting submissions on August 30. The competition is open to all and will be accepting entries through September 29. This year, all entries are eligible for the global prizes, but photos taken in Kansas will also automatically be eligible for additional local prizes.

“Kansas is home to rolling prairies, geologic wonders, and astounding biodiversity,” says Laura Rose Clawson, director of marketing & outreach for TNC in Kansas. “A single photograph can stop you in your tracks and inspire others to action. By entering your most captivating photos of nature, you can help amplify the message that protecting and restoring nature is a priority.”

Kansas submissions will be assessed by a panel of judges including National Geography photographer Jim Richardson, outdoor writer and hunter Douglas Spale, and TNC trustee and professional photographer Meleda Lowry. Together, this panel will award three prizes: one first-place winner will receive a a private lesser prairie-chicken viewing at TNC’s Smoky Valley Ranch; one second-place winner will receive one-time night access to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park for night-sky viewing or photography; and one third-place winner will receive a private tour of any TNC preserve in the state.

Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to enter. Winners will be announced in November 2023. 

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

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 nature.org or follow @nature_press on X.