The contest is open for nature photographers worldwide, both professional and non-professional, young and old. The competition for the category young photographers is open for youngsters who have not yet turned 18 on 1 November 2016.
The organisation of Nature Talks and the jury are not allowed to participate. Images that are submitted may be taken all over the world.
All images must be made in unrestricted nature. Images of pets, captive animals and cultivated plants are not permitted. Large grazers (cat 8) and wild animals within extensive grazing or safety fences are considered wild and free.
All images show respect for the subject and the environment. Images that were made while disturbing or damaging the environment are not permitted. On suspicion of disturbance or damaging the image will be excluded from participation.
The Nature Talks Photo Contest 2016 consists of nine categories for individual images (adults), a category for young photographers and the Nature Talks Fred Hazelhoff Award for a portfolio.
- C1 Birds
- C2 Mammals
- C3 Other animals
- C4 Plants and Fungi
- C5 Landscapes
- C6 Underwater
- C7 Nature Art
- C8 Man and Nature
- C9 Nature in black and white
- C10 Youth 10-17 years
- C11 Fred Hazelhoff Award (portfolio)
The jury members are; Steve Winter (NatGeo,USA), Ole Jørgen Liodden (NOR), Jan Vermeer (NED), David Pattyn (BEL) and Andrew George (NED). They are very experienced nature photographers and award winners in several outstanding competitions themeselves as well. All of them are renowned nature photographers and have the ability to let their photos “talk”.
There are several rounds to be judged and the jury will judge all the entries themselves. In other contests photo clubs or volunteers will judge the first elimination rounds, but at Nature Talks Photo Contest, the jury will do it!
After the elimination rounds, there will be finalists and after that round the jury will choose the categorie winners. Notice that categorie 1-9 are for single images, categorie 10 is for youngsters and categorie 11 is the Fred Hazelhoff Award for the best and appealing portfolio.
The jury will choose the overall winner from the categorie winners. He or she is the proud first winner of the titel:
Nature Talks Photographer Of The Year 2016 and get an overall prize money of € 3.000.
For more information click "Further official information" below.