NC Photo Contest Accepting Wildlife, Outdoors-oriented Entries

This close-up photo of an assassin fly took top honors in the 2015 Photo Competition. Photo: Frank Ellison of Clemmons NC.
This close-up photo of an assassin fly took top honors in the 2015 Photo Competition. Photo: Frank Ellison of Clemmons NC.

Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine Photo Competition is Open Until September 1, 2016

Released by Jodie B. Owen,

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting entries to its 12th annual Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition. Photographers are invited to submit their photos of native North Carolina life by September 1, 2016, no later than 5pm.

The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, except for employees of Wildlife Commission, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses). Entrants must be either current magazine subscribers or younger than 18.

Only photographs taken in North Carolina since September 15, 2012, are eligible for the competition. The categories are:

  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Invertebrates
  • Wild Landscapes — state peaks, valleys, plains, and beaches.
  • Wild Plants and Fungi — wild-growing plants only, including their flowers, leaves, fruits, and other parts. Absolutely no cultivated plants will be accepted.
  • Outdoor Recreation — show how people interact with NC’s natural world through activ­ities that are inextricably linked to nature, including hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, and the like.
  • Animal Behavior — anything wild animals do, from every­ day activities to interactions with other animals to unusual behavior.

Two categories are specific to photographs by minors:

  • Youth Photographer, 13-17 — Any of the above subjects, shot by photographers under 18.
  • Youth Photographer, 12 and under — Any of the above subjects, shot by children 12 and younger.

Do not enter photos of animals that are both captive and non-native to North Carolina; however, captive native animals are allowed.

No pets or domestic will be accepted, with the exception of animals participating with people in an outdoor activity.

Entries will be judged by a panel comprising staff from the Commission and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, as well as professional photographers. The grand prize winner will have his or her photo published on the cover of the January/February 2017 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina and will receive a check for $200.

All winning photographs will be published in the magazine and exhibited at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh NC. First place in all categories pays $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.

The Commission is accepting entries online only —  no slides, negatives or prints will be accepted by mail. Entrants may submit a maximum of two photos per category. Each photo must be in JPEG format and no larger than 2 megabytes each. For additional rules and information, or to enter a photograph, visit

Wildlife in North Carolina is published bimonthly by the Commission. Subscribers to the magazine enjoy exceptional color photography and articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and the state’s environment in every issue, with one-year and three-year subscriptions available online. One year subscriptions are $12; three-year subscriptions are $30. Subscribers also receive a spring and a fall outdoor guide special editions, with the latest hunting, fishing and sportsman information.

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