Message from the Director 2020 Nature's Best Photography International Awards


New Categories
New Cash Awards
In recognition of our 25th anniversary, the editors and staff at Nature's Best Photography are proud to announce that we will match this inspiring milestone with cash prizes and awards totaling $25,000!

Celebrating the extraordinary talents and achievements of photographers, filmmakers, and storytellers from around the world has always been at the core of our mission at Nature’s Best Photography.

Now, 25 years since our ambitious launch in 1995, we want to begin the decade ahead with ways in which to better support your efforts in the field—to reward your passion and purpose with funding and recognition. Whether you are traveling close to home or to the farthest reaches of the planet, we want to be part of your journey.

We have never wavered from our early commitment to maintain the highest standards in printing and presentation. In this modern world of evolving technology, we feel it is more important than ever before to enjoy the simplicity of a single moment in the wild or a compelling story revealed through video and narrative.

Since our very first year, Nature’s Best Photography magazine has won awards in design, use of photography, printing, and been regarded as one of the best reproductions of nature photography in the world.

Like you, our team is committed to motivating public awareness of nature through vivid documentation of Earth's flora and fauna. Our collective goals invite immediate engagement and long-term that will make a difference in how we are moved to protect the wild.

Explore our categories and newest opportunities for cash and Awards. We are not charging an entry fee this year to encourage young photographers (age 18 and under as of April 16, 2020). We hope that this will help give them the confidence needed to take the leap and share their work with the world.

We treasure everyone's participation in our Awards program and look forward to the next 25 years and the meaningful new partnerships we will build together!

Photos and videos will be reviewed by the NBP Judging Panel of experts in photography, wildlife, conservation, and film. Winners are selected for overall appeal, originality, conformity to rules, and technical quality.

My very best, Stephen B. Freligh, Executive Director, Nature's Best Photography

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE 2020 NATURE'S BEST AWARDS! Start an entry today with your best photos, videos, and stories behind the shots and you will have until April 16, 2020 to edit and complete your uploads before the judging begins!

Photo credits: Hiker, Capital Reef National Park, Utah, USA by Russ Burden; and Photographer Shadow, Arches National Park, Utah, USA by Mark Williams.

NEW Categories!

We are seeking images that convey the beauty and diversity of nature. Include dramatic portraits, animal behavior, humorous displays, intimate interactions, young animals at play, macro closeups, sweeping landscapes, and other creative approaches to the art of photography. We brought back some of our favorite categories!

Get all the details in the Entry Guidelines.

African Wildlife, Animal Antics, Art in Nature, Birds, Conservation Story, Landscapes, Polar Passion, Ocean Views, Outdoor Adventure, Video, Wildlife


Grand Prize / Windland Smith Rice Award: $5,000 USD

Best single image. Cash prize, Awards Plaque, publication in the Awards Edition of Nature’s Best Photography magazine, video, online presentations, and portfolio feature.

Youth Photographer of the Year Award: $3,000 USD

Best single image by a photographer 18 years of age or younger as of April 16, 2020. Cash prize, Awards Plaque, publication in the Awards Edition of Nature’s Best Photography magazine, video, online presentations, and portfolio feature.

Conservation Story Award: $2,000 USD

Recognizing outstanding documentation and public awareness outreach by an individual or a team for their conservation efforts. Cash prize, Awards Plaque, publication in the Awards edition and online presentations.

Category Winners: $1,000 USD each ($10,000 USD total)

Best in each category. Cash prize, Awards Plaque, publication in the Awards Edition, inclusion in video and online presentations.

Highly Honored Category Finalists:

Finalists in each category. Awards Certificate, publication in the Awards Edition, and online presentations.

(Total value of personalized Awards Plaques, Certificates, Awards edition of the publication, video, and web presentations = ARV $5,000 USD)

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