National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2016


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About the Competition

Nature photography is part of the fabric of National Geographic. We’ve been showcasing inspiring images from around the world for more than a century. Now it's your turn to inspire us. Enter your most powerful photos for a chance to become the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. We are looking for images that reveal nature in all its iterations: wildlife, landscapes, action, and even the environmental issues impacting our world


Enter four categories—Landscape, Action, Animal Portraits, Environmental Issues—for the chance to win amazing prizes and be named the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.

Grand Prize

A Galápagos Expedition for Two With National Geographic Expeditions

The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour to the Galápagos Islands. Discover Darwin’s famed living laboratory with a team of expert naturalists, experiencing up close encounters with unique species—from flightless cormorants and blue-footed boobies to playful sea lions and giant tortoises. Explore the archipelago’s dazzling water on snorkeling and kayaking excursions, and hike pristine volcanic landscapes among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by your presence.

The National Geographic Difference: National Geographic was built upon a passion for discovery and a desire to understand the planet on a deeper level. Our trips are designed in the same spirit—to draw out the uniqueness of each destination through meaningful and enriching experiences.

Each category will award first-, second-, and third-place prizes.

First Place: $2,500
Second Place: $750 and a signed National Geographic book
Third Place: $500


Contest is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who reside in the 50 United States, India, Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Italy, China, Japan, Germany, France, Indonesia, Spain, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Taiwan. Officers, directors and employees of National Geographic Partners, and its subsidiaries and affiliates (all such individuals and entities collectively referred to herein as the “Promotion Entities”), and their respective immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related are not eligible to enter the Contest or win a prize. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.


Because of the unique nature and scope of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in addition to those other rights reserved herein, to modify any date(s) or deadline(s) set forth in these Official Rules or otherwise governing the Contest. Sponsor cannot accurately predict the number of entrants who will participate in the Contest.

Participate by clicking to "Further official information" below and submit your photo.

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August 19, 2016
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