2022-23 North Carolina Wildlife Photo Contest Announcement

RALEIGH, NC (October 4, 2022)The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is now accepting registrations for its 18e annual Wildlife in North Carolina Photo contest. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, excluding Wildlife Commission employees, and their immediate family (children, siblings and spouses). Entries will be accepted now until January 31, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Entrants to the adult contest must be magazine subscribers. Photographers in the two youth categories (13-17 and 12 and under) can participate without a subscription. Only digital entries in JPEG format and no larger than 2MB will be considered – no slides, negatives or prints will be accepted. Photographs must have been taken in North Carolina on or after September 15, 2018.

Entrants may submit a maximum of two photos per category. The competition categories are:

  • animal behavior
  • Birds
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammals
  • outdoor recreation
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • wild landscapes
  • Wild plants and mushrooms
  • Youth Photographer, 13-17: Any of the above subjects photographed by children aged 13-17.
  • Youth photographer, 12 and under: one of the subjects above, photographed by children aged 12 and under.

Photos of captive native animals are permitted, but photos of captive and non-native North Carolina animals will not be accepted. No pets or domestic animals will be accepted, except animals participating with people in an outdoor activity, such as hunting dogs or horses with riders.

Entries will be judged by a jury comprised of Wildlife Commission staff and professional wildlife photographers. The photo of the big winner will be published on the cover of the July/August 2023 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, and they will receive a cash prize of $200. Winners will also receive a copy of their winning artwork from JW Image Company, and cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded to the first, second, and third-placed photographers in each category.

Additional contest details and winning photos are available at ncwildlife.org/contest.

Wildlife in North Carolina is published bimonthly by the Wildlife Commission in print and electronic form. Magazine subscribers enjoy exceptional color photography and articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and the state environment in every issue. Annual subscriptions to the print version of the magazine are $12, or $30 for three years. A digital subscription costs $10; a combined digital/print subscription costs $15.

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