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Nature photography is a great way to raise awareness of how crucial it is to protect our planet. This international photo awards are a chance for photographers of all levels to show off their work and share the wonders of the natural world.

No matter if you are passionate about landscapes, wildlife or macro photography. Our photo award are your way to gain recognition and inspire others to take actions for the planet. And they're the perfect way to get your hands on some of the €2,000 in cash prizes waiting for you!

Take a look at the timeline for these international photo competition:

Contest Opens: May 15, 2024

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2024

Winners Announcement: January 15, 2025

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing the best of nature photography.


The Nature Photography Contest is an online photo competition committed to the care of nature. For this reason, we want to do more than just illustrate the wonders of the world around us: We want to plant a forest. And, for this, we need your help. Each of the participants of our photo competition will become a tree and, finally, the winner of our contest will decide in which country they will be planted.

In the last edition of this photo contest, Alain Schroeder, Photographer of the Year 2023 of The Nature Photography Contest, selected Asia as the place where almost 400 trees were planted. A success that we are very proud of and hope to improve year after year.

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Categories of The Nature Photography Contest

From The Nature Photography Contest we seek to show all the beauty of our world. That is why we have tried to include a large number of categories in this photo contest, so that a wide range of viewpoints and opportunities can be found. Opportunities to discover the largest and most fantastic places on our planet or the smallest inhabitants of it. We would love to see all those incredible reasons why we should care about this place and even put a face to those acts that destroy it. Most of all, we would like this nature photo contest 2024 to become a beautiful point of union in which the best nature photography would join us.

For this second edition we have chosen 10 categories. You could almost imagine them as 10 photography contests. We like to think, are a first step to represent all those values that, we hope, this The Nature Photography Contest 2024 will manage to transmit.

You can submit your images in as many categories as you want until November 15.

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Natural landscapes

Are you in search of a natural landscape photography awards? Embark on a journey to explore the awe-inspiring beauty of natural landscapes within this category. Capture scenes of our world, from tranquil simplicity to hidden wonders. Could your image be crowned as the Natural Landscape Photography of the Year?


We like to think of this category as our wildlife photography contest. The fauna of our planet is one of its most huge and richest resources. In its variety and its different qualities lies its beauty. That is why, in this international wildlife photography contest, we hope to find the best of wild fauna photography.


Some of nature’s most beautiful elements are so small that they can only be appreciated at the shortest distances. Others reach new heights when viewed from closer perspectives. Be that as it may, this pictures competition has a special section for macrophotography.


In a nature photo competition like this one, we could not miss a category like this. As about 70% of our planet is hidden underwater, knowing its mysteries becomes an obligation for those of us who live on it.


One of our favorite categories of these The Nature Photography Contest 2024 is undoubtedly Birds. Few times have we had such lofty dreams as these animals have transmitted to us with their flight. Take your photography to new heights and share with us your best work.

Plant life

In nature we can find all kinds of plants and in most cases, their amazing properties and beauty are overlooked. Show us your best captures of this gorgeous element of nature and stand out in these nature photo awards.

Night world

The darkness of night reveals true mysteries that cannot be seen in any other way. This category of our photo contest seeks the beauty of nature at night, elements such as the Milky Way, the northern lights or simply the magical effects of moonlight.

Environmental impact

Our relationship with the world we live in has left an important imprint on it. Unfortunately, this is often not a good sign. This category of our photo awards seeks to explore, showcase and document the connection between people and their natural environment.

Sharing the planet

Fortunately, not all the relationships that our species has had with the planet have been so harmful. In this small section we are looking for photographs that reflect those actions in which the human being has known how to coexist with nature or has demonstrated his love for it.

Funny nature

Nature has given us many things, some dangerous, some mysterious and, fortunately, some are really fun. In this category we want to relax a bit and see those funny captures, casual or not, that inevitably make a smile or a laugh come over us when we see them.

The prizes of this photo competition

The purpose of these photography awards is to share the incredible images that this leaves us and to raise awareness of the need to take care of our planet. But we want to reward you for the incredible works that, we are sure, will be presented. So we have prepared a series of prizes to thank you for your participation in The Nature Photography contest. These prizes include 2000€ in cash prize.

Photography of the year

The Nature Photography Contest Photography of the Year is the most important prize of this photo competition. Our grand-prize. That is why this award will be endowed with €1000 plus a personalized certificate that will give you recognition as the winner of these international photography awards.

- 1000€.

- A personalized certificate: The Nature Photography Contest 2024 Photography of the Year.

- Showcased at the Winners Gallery.

- International Press and Publicity.

Category winner

Each one of the categories of this photo awards represents essential elements for us. Thus, all the categories of our photographic competition have a prize of 100€ for its winners. A prize that will be accompanied by a personal certificate that will prove your position in our nature photo contest 2024.

- 100€.

- A personalized certificate: The Nature Photography Contest 2024 Category winner.

- Showcased at the Winners Gallery.

- International Press and Publicity.

Nature Photographer of the Year

The participant who stands out in different categories of this nature photo contest will be awarded with the title of Photographer of the Year. This award includes a trophy that symbolizes your skill, creativity and passion for photography. Show your talent in this international nature photo awards.

- Trophy.

- A personalized certificate: The Nature Photography Contest 2024 Photographer of the Year.

- Showcased at the Winners Gallery.

- International Press and Publicity.

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The JURY of this nature photo contest

It is essential for us that you feel that your photographs are fairly valued. For this task, The Nature Photography Contest has surrounded itself with some of the most outstanding photographers in the world, professionals specialized in this discipline. They will be in charge of selecting the winning images in our photo awards 2024.

Submit your best photos. Your work as a photographer will be judged by some of the most prestigious photographers in the world. Judges will be judging the submissions competition by January 15, 2025.

Luke Stackpoole

Luke Stackpoole

Luke Stackpoole is a UK-based nature photographer specializing in landscapes and wildlife. His work has been published and recognized in specialized media around the world. Stackpoole has a unique ability to catch the natural beauty of the world around us. His photographs are stunning and evocative, and show nature in its purest and most beautiful form.

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Cynthia Bandurek

Cynthia Bandurek

Cynthia Bandurek is an acclaimed nature and wildlife photographer who has caught stunning images of the natural world. She has a keen eye for detail and a passion for conservation. Cynthia's work has been featured in many international publications and exhibitions. As a judge for The Nature Photography Contest, Cynthia brings her wealth of experience and knowledge to help identify the most outstanding images. Those that show the beauty and fragility of our planet's flora and fauna.

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Mario Cea

Mario Cea

Mario Cea is a renowned photographer specialized in nature and wildlife. With more than 25 years of experience, his photographs have been awarded in numerous international photo competitions. Among these photo awards are the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, the GDT or the Asferico. In addition, his images have been published in media all over the world. As a photographic trainer, he collaborates with Canon Spain.

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Do you have questions about our photo contest? We have selected some of the most frequently asked questions for you and answered them here to give you all the information you need. If you can't find the answer to your question, don't hesitate to contact us.

How can I participate in these nature photo contest 2024?

This is an online photography competition. To make the whole process as easy as possible we have the Squirrel room platform behind us. To participate is as easy as clicking on any of the “Enter now” buttons you will find on this page, in the “Enter the competition” section of our menu, or simply by clicking on this sentence. Once there you will have to register, after which the whole process will be simple and, when you have uploaded your photos to the categories in which you want to participate, you will only have to confirm your participation.

Why nature photography?

This photography contest seeks to raise awareness about the importance of our environment, its value and the need to take care of it. Photography is that art capable of showing an instant frozen in time, a reflection of a reality as it is. At least that is how we like to see it. Beyond the immense art that it is, we also understand nature photography as a tool that helps and transports us to know those places, those animals, and to feel a little more responsible for their care or survival. The versatility of this art and our affection for it perhaps explain why this photo contest chose nature photography as a tool to share the world.

Is this a wildlife photography contest?

The Nature Photography Contest is much more than a wildlife photography contest. Yes, we have a category for this type of photography, but it only represents a small portion of who we are. We think that nature photography can really help us see the world. To understand how beautiful it is, why we need to take care of it and realize the damage we sometimes do to it. Like many nature photography contests, our goal is to inspire society. That, of course, means having (necessarily) a small wildlife photo contest among our categories.

Is there any cost to participate in the contest?

Yes, as we are an independent photo contest, participation has a small cost to help us defray the costs as well as the prizes. This cost is €10 per photograph, and this allows us to keep growing and offering bigger and bigger prizes. With your entry we will not only be showing the world how beautiful our planet is. You will also help us to grow and hopefully become one of the best international photo awards.

Can I submit more than one photo to the photography contest?

Yes, you can. You can submit as many images as you want in all the categories in which you want to participate. The only limits are creativity and talent to make great photographs that highlight the best of nature photography.

Can I participate in the contest if I am not a professional photographer?

Of course you can. This international photo contest seeks to show incredible images that illustrate the beauty of our world and help raise awareness about its care. These photo awards are open to amateur and professional photographers alike. No matter their professional field or location.

Will I be disqualified if I do not use professional equipment?

Of course not. This contest is open to professional and non-professional photographers, the only thing that matters is what you have photographed and what your entrant conveys. As long as you meet the requirements in the rules, you have a chance to win. It doesn't matter if you use a Nikon, Canon eos, Sony camera or your cell phone. It doesn't matter if you have access to a tripod or filters. Your skill as a photographer will be the indispensable element that can place you, for example, as Landscape Photographer of the Year.

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All pictures appearing on The Nature Photography Contest website belong to their authors: Luke Stackpoole, Cynthia Bandurek, Mario Cea (the jury), David Selbert, Shifaaz Shamoon, Meric Dagli, Ivana Cajina, Yi Lin Tseng, Glenn Ostle, Arturo de Frías Marqués, David Alberto Carmona, Justus Menke, Marcio Cabral, Ulrich Wrabetz, Lawrence Worcester and OCG-saving-the-ocean.