Photo Contest

How to Enter


The Digital Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Trustees, Board Members, Employees, interns, or partners of The Nature Conservancy, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.


The Photo Contest is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606 (“Sponsor”). This Photo Contest is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Entry Period

The Photo Contest begins at 12:00am EST on May 1, 2016 and ends at 12:00am EST on June 30, 2016 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.

What to Enter

The Nature Conservancy is committed to a a nature where people and the great outdoors thrive together—and we want to see it through your eyes. For our 2016 Photo Contest, we’d like to see your inspiring images of our connection to nature. From urban nature to vast wildernesses, show us imagery that highlights how important nature is to us all.

To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit files no larger than 20MB at the time of entry. Higher resolution files of at least 240 dpi/ppi will be requested should an entry be preselected to be awarded a prize or an honorable mention. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. 

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, or.png form. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single "High Dynamic Range" image are acceptable.

Entries should include metadata if at all possible. Caption information should include: 

  • Location
    • Name of location (ex: Glacier, National Park)
    • City
    • State/Province
    • Country
  • Detailed caption of subject matter

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see "Your Rights" below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to The Nature Conservancy upon request.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to The Nature Conservancy upon request.

The following submissions are ineligible:  

  • Photographs of pets or domestic animals.
  • Images of captive animals photographed in zoos and commercial game farms. 
  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, or damage to the environment by the photographer.
  • Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.
  • Images taken more than three years prior to the beginning date of the Contest (May 1, 2016).

The Nature Conservancy shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.  

How to Enter

All images must be submitted though our photo submission website or through our Facebook photo submission application including all required fields, including name, email and other information about your photo submission.

You can select an image directly from your computer desktop or mobile phone. Digital images that are sent via mail or email will not be accepted.  

You may enter an unlimited number of times, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter. Sponsor reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules. 

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (such as with a paragraph about their photo or the highest resolution version of their photo) anytime on or after July 1, 2016.


Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit  and subject matter relevance to the new wild, except that the People’s Choice award will be determined based on which of the honorable mentions receives the most votes. Judging will be conducted by a panel of Conservancy employees and a group of guest judges to be selected by the Nature Conservancy at its sole discretion (the “Panel”).  The Panel will evaluate all valid entries and pick the following winners in the following categories: 

  1. Overall (3 winners. 1 first prize, 1 runner-up, 1 second runner-up): You’ve nailed it. Your images rise above the rest and encapsulate the New Wild in a stunning way.
  2. Categories:
    1. People & Nature (1 winner): Illustrates above and beyond the hope that people and nature can thrive together on this planet.
    2. People’s Choice (1 winner): Overall winner selected from among the 100 honorable mentions based on the highest number of votes received during public voting to be held on in August 2015.
    3. Mobile (1 winner): Best photo taken via a mobile device (phone or tablet).
    4. Young Photographer (1 winner): Best vibrant moment of living in nature, taken by an 18 – 25 year old.
    5. Underwater: Best underwater moment.
    6. Wildlife: Best wildlife moment. Note that Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, or damage to the environment by the photographer will be inelligible.
    7. Adventure: Best action/adventure nature moment.
    8. Nature in Cities: Best urban nature moment.
    9. Honorable Mentions (100 honorable mentions will be selected): Amazing images that showcase and illustrate moments of life and its interaction with our natural world. 

The 100 honorable mentions will be notified of their status within 10 days of August 1, 2016 and will appear on by August 15, 2016. At that time, the public can vote for one People’s Choice winner from the up to 100 honorable mentions. All potential winners will be revealed online within 10 days of September 15, 2016.

All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

The Conservancy will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry. 

Potential Winner Requirements

Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, including proof of age, and liability/publicity release within 14 days. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place. 


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to


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