Deadline: November 17, 2017 00:00 (GMT-0500)
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Eligibility: Contest is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who reside in the United States, its territories (excluding Puerto Rico) and the District of Columbia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
Prize: The grand-prize winner will receive $7,500

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Nature photography is part of the fabric of National Geographic.

They’ve been showcasing inspiring images from around the world for more than a century. Now it’s your turn to inspire. Enter your most powerful photos for a chance to become the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is now accepting submissions.

They’re looking for spectacular pictures that tell the story of animals, lands, and environments around the world.


Submit your best photos to one of four categories: wildlife, landscapes, aerials, and underwater.


  • The grand-prize winner will receive $7,500.
  • Their winning image will be published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.
  • One first-place winner will be selected from each of the four categories. Each winner will receive $2,500.

Be the judge

Have a favorite photo entry? From December 1-11, 2017, fans will vote for their favorite photos. Images with the most votes will be named the Peoples’ Choice winner. Return daily to vote for your top picks!

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