Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest 2016

Publish Date: Aug 17, 2016

Deadline: Sep 12, 2016


The Yellowstone Park Foundation and the editors of Nature's Best Photography magazine announce the second annual Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest! The competition celebrates the world's first national park through the art of photography. Yellowstone National Park covers more than 2.2 million acres. Home to an amazing variety of wildlife, geothermal features, and vast wilderness, this fantastic park inspires millions of visitors from all over the globe to take photos and share their experiences.

“As we join in the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary in 2016, our goal is to focus on the diverse flora and fauna of Yellowstone National Park through the eyes of park visitors,” says Karen Bates Kress, President, Yellowstone Park Foundation. "What they have witnessed and photographed over the years has created a remarkable body of work.”

The 2015 Category Winners and a selection of Highly Honored images are featured in the 2016 Spring/Summer issue of Nature's Best Photography magazine.


Contest open through Sept. 12, 2016.

All photos MUST BE taken within the official boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.

To download the application form, please click on the "Further official information" link below.

Please send your application to:

Yellowstone Forever
Nature’s Best Photography
1930 Isaac Newton Square W, Suite 200C
Reston, Va 20190, USA
NBP phone for Courier: 703-467-9783


Photographers at all levels of expertise.


Wildlife: Wild animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc.) including portraits, behavior, predation, and adults with young.

*Note: Photos of captive animals ARE NOT accepted.

Landscapes: Dramatic waterfalls, erupting geysers, expansive mountain views, and the many thermal features of Yellowstone. Plant life (flowers, trees, and other flora) close-ups, wide-open vistas, storms, sunrises, and sunsets.

*All entrants should read and follow Yellowstone National Park's Safety Tips (see links at right) and the Rules and Regulations.

Entry Fees

  • Pro and Amateurs $25 US to enter up to 20 photos per entry.
  • Youth $10 US to enter up to 20 photos per entry.


Grants and awards will be sent after the final selection of winners has been made in spring of 2017. Winning images will also be featured in a cover story of the next Spring/ Summer issue of Nature’s Best Photography magazine, displayed in an exhibition at the Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop in Yellowstone National Park, and will appear in online galleries and multimedia presentations. See Entry Guidelines for more info about prizes.


The winning images will be selected for technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal. Results will appear online and in the 2017 Spring/Summer issue of Nature's Best Photography magazine. All entries are carefully reviewed and selected by the Judging Panel of experts in photography, publishing, education, and conservation:

Tom Murphy: A world-renowned nature and wildlife photographer, Murphy spends approximately 100 days per year in Yellowstone National Park, and his love of the park is evident in his images and in his continuing generosity to the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Stephen B. Freligh: Editor-in Chief and Publisher of Nature's Best Photography magazine and Director of the Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

For more details please click on the "Further official information" link below.

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