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Calling all amateur photographers! North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) is sponsoring our First Annual Wildlife Photography Contest beginning on April 1st. Send us your best pictures capturing the beauty of North Carolina’s nature – in your own backyard or the larger backyard of North Carolina’s natural landscapes and creatures.


Carolina Critters


Did you catch that osprey diving near the water to find its meal on film? How about the shy deer venturing out in the field to graze? A turkey? A monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis? Or those snow geese gracefully taking pit stops on the Albemarle Peninsula? Enter any of these pictures (or something of the sort) in the Carolina Critters category.

Backyard Habitat

Osprey Conservation Program

Some of the most beautiful and unique wildlife in North Carolina can be found in your own backyard. Realizing the value that private lands play in connecting wildlife along with National Wildlife Refuges, State Parks, gamelands etc we have this category for those wanting the chance to show off the hard work you’ve put into turning your backyard into a haven for wildlife. Our certified wildlife habitat program has over 10,000 habitats that provide food, water, cover, and places to raise young in backyards, workplaces, churches, and schools across North Carolina. No two habitats are created equally, and we want to see photos of the various habitats, native plants, and wildlife that enjoy all the fruits of your labor.

Scenes of North Carolina

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Maybe you’re more into capturing those gorgeous NC sunrises on the outer banks or sunsets in the mountains? Or perhaps you find the early morning dew on an open field worth photographing. You might find the placement of rocks in one of NC’s many rivers to be the best photographic moment you’ve ever seen. These scenes (and many others) found in the beauty of NC’s landscapes can be entered in the Scenes of North Carolina category.



Photo contest entries be will accepted beginning on April 1st and must be received no later than June 15th.  Winners will be notified within 30 days of the contest end date.  Contest winners will be published in the various mediums as previously outlined.

The Photos

No more than three photographs can be entered in each category per person. Submit color or black and white images.

  • Photos must be submitted electronically in a .jpg or.png format.
  • Entries may originate in any format—including but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints—as long as they are submitted as digital files.
  • Photos must meet the minimum size of 1500 pixels width or height, or 5 inches width or height at 300 pixels per inch, or 2 MB file size.
  • Photos must not exceed the maximum size of 2400 pixels width or height, or 8 inches width or height at 300 pixels per inch, or 11 MB file size.
  • Photos should be in RGB or sRGB format.

Digital Alterations:

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions. Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and others which do not show the scene in its natural way.

Entry Fee

  • $15 - 9 photo submissions, up to 3 per category.
  • $25 - 9 photos, includes NCWF annual membership.
  • $50 - 9 photos, includes NCWF annual membership and a $25 donation.

 All proceeds support wildlife habitat conservation and restoration in North Carolina.

You, the Photographer

You must submit an entry form for the photos you are entering. Feel free to elaborate on the story surrounding the picture. We will include winning category pictures on Facebook & Instagram, within our electronic newsletters and in our Journal. *Note:  Contestants by their entry agree that the North Carolina Wildlife Federation may publish their images in NCWF publications or use on the NCWF website. Credits will be given when images are used.


Entries must be images taken in North Carolina. Captive, domestic, and exotic species will not be considered. This contest is open to amateur photographers only. NCWF employees or board members are not eligible.

Photographers must electronically sign the entry form to be eligible. **Any photos containing people must be entered with a signed photo release form.


There will be one $100 winner for each category and the winners will have their photo featured in Wildlife Wire, NCWF Journal and more. The judges are made up of the NCWF staff and Board of Directors. Decisions of the judges are final. Notification will be sent by e-mail after judging is complete.

Now that we've got all that straight...get out there and take some great photos!  Good luck!

Questions? Contact NCWF at (704) 332-5696 or photos@ncwf.org.


Photo Contest Entry

Entries are to be received no later than 5pm, June 15th, 2019. Good Luck!