Each year for more than 40 years the National Wildlife Federation has hosted a photo contests with a variety of categories. The cost to enter is $20.00 for 10 entries. There is usually one grand prize worth $5,000 or so, a $500.00 or so prize for each category. The categories include baby animals, backyard habitats, birds, connecting with people and nature, landscapes and plant life, mammals and other wildlife. I entered the 2012 National Wildlife Photo Contest and submitted 10 photos. It seemed like it might be a super long shot like the photo contest hosted by the Smithsonian or National Geographic Traveler but I decided to enter anyway.
One of the photos entered was taken at Rialto Beach at Olympic National Park. The photo was of a person walking around collecting shells with James Island behind way off in the distance. The photo was taken through a HUGE drift log which served to provide a natural frame around the scene. While the photo didn’t win the grand prize or any of the category prizes it was named as an honorable mention in the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest in the “Connecting People” category. Aside from seeing the photo selected as a finalist, there was no reward or recognition that came from the photo contest.
Overall, the annual photo contest hosted by the National Wildlife Federation has reasonable prizes for the $20.00 entry fee. Chances are that if you don’t win the grand prize or one of the category prizes you’ll just have to be happy with bragging rights if you are selected for one of the honorable mentions. The National Wildlife Federation is a good organization so you can feel good about your $20.00 entry fee going to support a good cause. All of the photos in the “honorable mention” category may be seen in the slide show below.