The Nature Conservancy Opens its Annual Photo Contest for 2023

Expanded categories offer more opportunities to win—while helping to preserve nature

HONG KONG, Aug. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced its annual Global Photo Contest will begin accepting submissions on August 30. The competition is open to all, and will be accepting entries through September 29.  By entering your most captivating photos of nature you can help amplify the message that protecting and restoring it is a priority.

FIRST PLACE: WATER Brightly colored sediment paints the Icelandic landscape as at flows towards the ocean. The glacial river, Þjórsá, is the longest river in Iceland. © Kristin Wright/ 2022 TNC Photo Contest
FIRST PLACE: WATER Brightly colored sediment paints the Icelandic landscape as at flows towards the ocean. The glacial river, Þjórsá, is the longest river in Iceland. © Kristin Wright/ 2022 TNC Photo Contest

While last year’s competition broke records for global participation with over 100,000 entries from a total of 196 countries and territories, the 2023 rendition of this celebrated event is set to be the biggest ever. For the first time in the contest’s history, the number of award categories has doubled, from six to a whopping 12. The expansion will give photographers the freedom to better define their submissions – and provide more opportunities to win.

In 2022, Chinese photographer Li Ping took the grand prize, for his winning shot featuring a drone’s eye view of a lonely highway bordered on each side by gullies extending outward in the shape of a tree.

This year’s 12 categories are Oceans, People & Nature, Plants & Fungi, Freshwater, Lands, Mammals, Climate, Aerials, Insects & Arachnids, Underwater Life, Birds, and Reptiles & Amphibians. Submissions will be assessed by a prestigious panel of judges, including photographer Javier Aznar, photojournalist and filmmaker Morgan Heim and natural history photographer Frans Lanting. Together this panel will select a first and second place winner for each category, plus honorable mentions in all 12 categories. The contest will award over $25,000 in prize money, including a camera kit worth $5,000 for the overall grand-prize winner.

Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to enter. All winners will be announced in October 2023.

Go to for more info on contest rules, photo specifications and how to enter. To view all the 2022 winning photos please visit:

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the world’s leading international conservation non-profit organization dedicated to protecting natural places and preserving life on Earth for future generations.  TNC follows a science-based conservation approach to create innovative solutions to global conservation challenges and enable nature and people to thrive together.  We are currently addressing climate change at an unprecedented scale by protecting lands, waters, and oceans in sustainable ways, providing food and water resources, and helping cities become more sustainable.  Our projects span 76 countries and territories, using collaborative approaches with local communities, governments, private sector and others, to carry out various conservation projects and activities, including biodiversity conservation, forest conservation, marine conservation, climate change, and sustainable land use. In addition to the photo contest, TNC also organizes various community projects and educational activities, aiming to promote public awareness and action towards environmental protection and sustainable development and to raise public awareness of natural environments and wildlife. TNC was awarded the 2019 Lui Che Woo Prize – Prize for Sustainable Development.  For more about TNC’s work in the Asia Pacific region, please visit: The Nature Conservancy (

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