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• African Wildlife • Animal Antics • Art In Nature • Birds • Conservation Story 
• Landscapes • Ocean Views • Outdoor Adventure • Polar Passion • Wildlife • Video
• Grand Prize will be selected from entrants in all categories
• Youth Photographer of the Year will be selected from all entrants in the Youth expertise level


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to enter NBP contests. "My Account Dashboard" will show up in the top right of the NBP homepage to help manage your account. Log into your account to enter contests. Your info will be saved for current and future contests. Use the "Dashboard" tool to quickly access your account "Welcome" page where you can see and manage your contest entries and find links to current contests. Download the Guidelines and FAQS pdfs for more info.: 
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All photos entered in Nature's Best Photography Awards contests must accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder:
• Nothing should be added to an image, and aside from dust spots, nothing should be taken away.
• Normal processing of RAW image files and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable, as is minimal cropping (less than 50%). 
• HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as all manipulation is disclosed upon entry. 
• Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person, or submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer. 
• Photo subjects MUST NOT have been baited, lured, or taken in a controlled situation.

 ranks all submitted photos during three rounds of blind judging. 
What is blind judging? To ensure fairness, our judges cannot see the photographers’ names in relation to images during review. They will only see the photo and the notes added to each entry. They will then rank the image. The votes are compiled into a report where judges' votes are tallied. 

Photographers making it through the initial round are semifinalists. We will email you a "Hi-Res Request" Form with instructions on what you need to send us for the second round of review. You will be asked to supply the following:

• High resolution TIFF files and un-altered RAWs or original JPEGs

• Complete caption telling the story behind the shot

• Camera specifications including lenses, accessories, tripod, and head

• Confirmation that your photo subject has NOT been baited, lured, or taken in a controlled situation

IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to comply with contest rules and supply requested materials on time, may lead to disqualification. Please let us know if you will be traveling, so we may reach you throughout the judging period.



During initial review, images that stand out move to the next round. The Judges are looking for:
• Good composition
• Originality
• Artistic merit

At this time, some images may be eliminated due to factors such as:
• Main subject out of focus
• Blown-out highlights
• Poor composition
• Bad exposure
• Too similar to recent winners 


Photos moved to this round merit a closer look. Judges now also consider:
• Technical excellence
• The story behind the shot

Images with similar subject matter compete with one another in this round. The Judges are looking for:
• Well-balanced compositions
• Nothing detracts from the main subject
• Primary subject is not cut off at the edge of frame
• New perspectives of familiar topics
• Sharp focus or blurred by intention
• Compared to raw image, image has not been over-processed

Images passed through the second round review are selected for the final round. Each semifinalist is now under consideration as a category Winner or a Highly Honored finalist. 


This is the most difficult round and most time-consuming. With so many images artistically qualified, the winners are chosen. The Judges will now:
• Examine each high resolution file in great detail and compare to the original file
• Assess which images will make an outstanding collection together, showing a variety of species, behaviors, and locations

Ultimately, the Judges reach agreement on the finalists.

All photographers entering the contest will be contacted via email when final decisions are made.

During Nature’s Best blind judging, our judges cannot see the photographers’ names in relation to images. This means we sometimes have multiple images as finalists from a single photographer. Judges will see the notes you add to your entry.

With regret, many excellent images that deserve recognition simply have to be left out due to limits of space in the magazine and the exhibitions.

COPYRIGHTS: Photographers own their own copyright and enter Nature's Best Photography Awards competitions of their own free will. As a condition of having a photograph selected as a winning image, photographers agree to a non-exclusive transfer of worldwide rights allowing Nature's Best Publishing, LLC (NBP) the following uses including, but not limited to: publishing the image(s) in upcoming issues of Nature's Best Photography magazine; hanging the image(s) in public exhibitions; and displaying the image(s) on the NBP and other websites; and using the image(s) to promote Nature's Best Photography competitions. Non-exclusive allows the photographer to market the image as they choose. NBP does not restrict future sales of the image, rather NBP enhances opportunities to market the photograph as a Winner in a very prestigious competition. Many photographers have found their sales to increase based in part on their participation in NBP Awards competitions.

* Nature's Best Publishing, LLC, is not responsible for damage or loss incurred during shipment to or from our offices. Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer, landowner, or other persons. Failure to comply with contest guidelines will lead to disqualification.