Share the View - International Nature Photo Contest
Special Announcement:

STV Nature Photography Virtual Awards Gala
Aired April 7, 2021

Entry Period:
October 15, 2021 -
December 1, 2021
$1,000 Grand Prize
$4,000 in additional prizes
... and more
Renowned Judges:
To be announced...
Contest Details:

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Categories Explained...

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See examples of the 10 new categories using past winning images in this short 2:30 video.

For our 10th Anniversary Celebration, we'll award ten additional prizes to the subjects below. These category prizes are funded by sponsors and we encourage everyone to visit the sponsor and advocate websites to learn more about them.

Categories are OPTIONAL! All entries will be considered for the Grand Prize, First and Second Prizes, and Top 250 group. If one of your photos also qualifies for a category prize, check the box(es) for each applicable category. For example, a photo taken in a polar region will be automatically considered for the general nature prizes. If you also want it considered for the Polar Regions category, you must check the box next to Polar Regions.

It is possible for an image to be entered in more than one category. So check each category for which you feel your image is eligible. However, each image can only win one prize.

This year's categories are:

Aerial Views -
Sponsored by Cloud Ridge Naturalists advocating for LightHawk
Nature images from a free-flying perspective such as a plane, drone, or balloon. Read more...
Capture must comply with regulations for that location.

Colorado Nature and Wildlife -
Sponsored by Colorado Life Magazine
The top nature or wildlife photo from Colorado as selected by the editors of Colorado Life Magazine.

Migratory Birds -
Sponsored by Cloud Ridge Naturalists
advocating for Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Any of 1,093 species on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (Species List). Read more...
Species from the list may be photographed anywhere in the world.

Ocean Life -
Sponsored by The SeaDoc Society
A scene or wildlife image in an ocean environment. Read more...
Nature subjects can be on, under, or above water. Oceans are defined as Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Southern Ocean and their direct extensions, such as seas, bays and gulfs.

Polar Regions -
Sponsored by Cloud Ridge Naturalists advocating for International Polar Foundation
Wildlife or landscapes from the Arctic, Subarctic, Antarctic or Subantarctic region.

Pollinators -
Sponsored by North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) advocating for Xerces Society
Show a pollinator in association with pollination and include that connection in your caption. Read more...
Image examples: an insect on a flower, a hummingbird reaching into a flower with its beak, a bee with pollen collected on it's legs. A pollinator is a species that moves pollen from the male part of a flower to the female part. Pollinators include flies, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, ants, birds, bats and more.

Private Lands -
Sponsored by Images for Conservation Fund (ICF)
A nature photo taken on private land within the United States. Read more...
There is no absolute requirement for the size of the landholding where the photo was taken, but generally it must be large enough to have a commonly accepted name like Zapata Ranch or Armand Bayou Nature Center. The property's name must be included in the title or caption. The photographer must have legal access from the proper authority, but proof is not needed with entry.

Sense of Place -
Sponsored by Cloud Ridge Naturalists advocating for International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP)
A wildlife subject within a scene that connects the viewer with the animal's environment. Read more...
It should speak to where the animal lives.

Urban Wildlife -
Sponsored by Colorado Urban Wildlife Photo Club advocating for Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and Black Country
Show nature's presence in a human-made environment.
Flora or fauna must be the primary interest and human structures have to be visible. These are often in a town or city, but other elements that were created by people, such as fences, signs, roads, barbed wire, etc. are also applicable.

World Heritage Sites -
Sponsored by Anonymous advocating for World Heritage Sites
A scenic or wildlife image of one of 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read more...
The site name must be included in the title or caption. Nature or wildlife must be featured.