Photo Contest 2012–NOW CLOSED

2012 Photo Contest




A digital photo contest to showcase America’s national wildlife refuges

A White Pelican feeding at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 2010 honorable mention | © Theresa Baldwin

The National Wildlife Refuge System has no equal when it comes to conserving our nation’s rich wildlife heritage. The over 550 refuges are home to more than 700 bird species, 220 mammal species, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and over 1000 species of fish. Such a diverse array of wildlife means that the Refuge System contains both rare and common types of habitat — everything from southwest desert to arctic tundra. For more than 47 million visitors each year, wildlife refuges provide a welcome retreat to natural surroundings. That’s why we are pleased to host this digital photography contest devoted to America’s national wildlife refuges.

Coming Soon… the 2015 Refuge Photo Contest!

2012 Photo Contest Rules:

A herd of buffalo forage for breakfast south of Quanah Parker Lake just after sunrise at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, 2010 honorable mention | © Justin Morris

Images must be taken on national wildlife refuges and can feature birds, mammals, insects, fish, other animals, plants, people, or refuge scenery. In short, we welcome images of almost any sight taken at a national wildlife refuge.

Entries for the 2012 Contest must be submitted by October 12, 2012. Results will be announced in late October 2012.

Results of the contest will be prominently featured on our website. Selected photos will be added to NWRA’s digital Refuge Image Library, an online searchable gallery of images taken at national wildlife refuges.

Click here to see a collection of winning images from previous contests.

A sandhill crane gets a mouthful of feathers while chasing off another crane at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, 2010 honorable mention | © Randall K Roberts

Prizes include $2,000 and four round trip plane tickets on Southwest, NWRA’s official airline, and other great products generously provided by our sponsors below. In addition, all photographers submitting an entry will receive a complimentary one year membership in the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA), the only organization working exclusively to protect, enhance and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System. See the Contest Prize Page for more information on these and the additional prizes offered by our contest partners.

Winning entries will be selected by two rounds of judging. The first round will select at least 100 images to be included in the NWRA Refuge Image Library. The second round will result in the selection of the top be included in the NWRA Refuge Image Library. The second round will result in the selection of the top prize winners.

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NWRA wishes to thank the 2012 Refuge Photo Contest sponsors: 

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