Nature Conservancy’s 2022 Global Photo Contest Now Open | Outside


The Nature Conservancy has announced that the 2022 World Photo Contest is now open for submissions. The renowned global photography competition will begin accepting submissions until the competition deadline of August 31.

Past winning photographs come from around the world and feature a wide range of incredible animals, places and moments that celebrate the breathtaking beauty and crucial importance of nature. The 2021 competition received more than 100,000 photo submissions from 158 countries, a record, with the top prize going to photographer Anup Shah from the UK for his photo of a western lowland gorilla walking through a cloud of butterflies in the Central African Republic.

This year the competition is launching two new categories, Plants or Fungi and Climate, to accompany last year’s People and Nature, Landscape, Water and Wildlife categories. The winning images will be selected by a panel of renowned judges that includes leading conservation photographer Ami Vitale as well as YouTube star and wildlife educator Coyote Peterson.

The 2022 jury will award its grand prize: a trip to Punta del Este, Uruguay, to watch an Extreme-E race ( Additionally up for grabs are the Guest Judge Choice award (chosen by Ami Vitale) with a camera kit prize worth $5,000, and the Celebrity Choice award (chosen by Coyote Peterson) with a prize of a $2,500 gift card and a 1:1 virtual encounter with Coyote. First place winners of the six competition categories will each receive a $750 gift card, while second place winners will each receive a $500 USD gift card.

Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. All winners will be announced in September. Go to for more information on contest rules, photo specifications and how to enter. To see all of the 2021 winning photos, visit:

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, they create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together.

In Illinois, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 86,000 acres across the state since its inception more than 60 years ago, with a particular focus on conserving grasslands, savannahs, forests, wetlands, lakes and rivers that dot the landscape. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


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