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    Please rename all your photo files appropriately so we can easily identify. Please rename your photo submissions as follows so we can give credit to the photographer accordingly. The file name format should read as first name, last name, category, submission # (Jane-Doe-Critters-1.jpg)
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  • Do your photos contain people?
    **Any photos containing people must be entered with a signed photo release form.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
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The Photos

No more than three photographs can be entered in each category per person. Color or black and white images are eligible.

  • Categories include: Carolina Critters, People in Nature, Scenes of North Carolina
  • Photos must be submitted electronically in .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.

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.

You, the Photographer

If you are unable to use this form, you may send your entries to us by email with a statement of agreement to the conditions listed above. Please format your file names as indicated above and include your name and email address in the body of your email. Please submit it via email to [email protected] Feel free to elaborate on the story surrounding the picture by sending an email to [email protected]. 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 staff and 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 found here.


There will be one $100 winner for each category for adults and one overall winner (combined categories) for the 13 and under age bracket. 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.


Entries must be received no later than July 31st, 2020. Winners will be notified within 30 days of the contest end date.  Contest winners will be published in the various mediums as previously outlined.

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 [email protected].