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2022 Photo Contest

Collage of winning photos from The Nature Conservancy's 2021 Global Photo Contest.
Global Photo Contest 2022 Submit your favorite nature photo by August 31, 2022. © TNC Photo Contest 2021

Introducing the 2022 Guest Judge favorites

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to share the top images selected by our Guest Judge for the 2022 Photo Contest, Ami Vitale! Check below to see the images that amazed Ami most—and view all entries from our 2022 contest. All contest winners by category will be announced by September 30.

Ami Vitale, our 2022 Guest Judge, is one the world’s most recognized photographers. She’s traveled to over 100 countries and is a frequent contributor to National Geographic. Since 2009 Ami has focused her lens on environmental and wildlife stories, documenting everything from baby pandas to one of the world’s last white rhinos. For the 2022 Global Photo Contest Ami will be awarding one incredible image with a $5,000 USD camera kit or camera kit gift card! Here are the 2022 entries that amazed Ami most.

Photography Contest Submission Categories

  • People and Nature: A person or people in an outdoor setting or the impact of people in nature, such as a building or other human-made construction.
  • Landscape: Should give us a sense of place and show the world around you. Could include people or wildlife but the primary focus of the image should be the landscape.
  • Water: Should celebrate water in all its forms. Could be part of a landscape and include people or wildlife but water should be the primary focus of the image.
  • Wildlife: Includes mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and aquatic animals. Images of domestic animals and captive animals photographed in zoos and commercial game farms are not permitted.
  • Plants or Fungi: Includes any plant or fungus in its environment. Includes flowers, trees, shrubs, and vegetation in general, as well as lichen, and fungi such as mushrooms.
  • Climate: Should showcase our changing world and highlight the causes and effects of global warming.

Award Categories

  • One (1) Grand Prize winner
  • One (1) Guest Judge Choice winner
  • One (1) Celebrity Choice winner
  • Six (6) Category First Place winners, one (1) per category
  • Six (6) Category Second Place winners, one (1) per category

Photo Contest Prizes

All award winners will receive mention on The Conservancy’s digital presences. In addition, The Conservancy will award the following prizes:

Extreme E logo.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive directly from Extreme E:

  • Admission ticket to Extreme E’s Uruguay Race: Provide entrance as spectator and cover round-trip air travel to Punta del Este, Uruguay (Economy category with precise dates/times at Extreme E’s discretion), and three nights of lodging in Punta del Este, for Photo Contest winner to attend Extreme E’s Uruguay Race in Punta del Este on November 26-27, 2022.
  • NOTE: TNC is not responsible for delivery of this prize, and thanks Extreme E for providing this prize directly to the Winner. Any and all inquiries or issues about this prize must be directed directly to Extreme E, not TNC.

One (1) Guest Judge Choice winner will receive:

  • $5,000 USD Camera kit or camera kit gift card, as determined by The Conservancy in its sole discretion.

One (1) Celebrity Choice winner will receive:

  • $2,500 gift card, as determined by The Conservancy in its sole discretion.
  • 1:1 Zoom chat with Coyote Peterson, subject to Mr. Peterson’s scheduling availability.

Six (6) Category First Place winners (one (1) per category) will receive:

  • $750 USD Amazon, Mercado Libre or Alibaba gift card as determined by The Conservancy in its sole discretion.

Six (6) Category Second Place winners (one (1) per category) will receive:

  • $500 USD Amazon, Mercado Libre or Alibaba gift card as determined by The Conservancy in its sole discretion.

The Official Rules of The Nature Conservancy’s 2022 Photo Contest (the “Contest Rules”)

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Eligibility

The Nature Conservancy’s 2022 Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open to all professional and amateur photographers who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. Trustees, Board Members, Employees, interns, or partners of The Nature Conservancy, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.

By submitting an entry to the Photo Contest, entrants certify that their participation in this Photo Contest is not illegal or in violation of any law, regulation, treaty or administrative act, and that the laws of their governing jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry do not prohibit or restrict the receipt of any Prize under this Photo Contest.

Reservation of Rights

The Nature Conservancy (“The Conservancy” or “Sponsor”) reserves the right to reject any entry if, in The Conservancy’s sole discretion, the laws of an applicable jurisdiction, including but not limited to the entrant’s jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry, would prohibit or limit The Conservancy from proceeding with the Contest as intended or the consideration or awarding of any Prize would impose additional administrative, tax, operational, or legal burdens on The Conservancy.

Furthermore, Specially Designated Nationals and anyone sanctioned (directly or indirectly) by the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions are ineligible to enter the Photo Contest.

Sponsor

The Nature Conservancy’s 2022 Photo Contest is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606 (“Sponsor”).

Entry Period

The Photo Contest begins at 12am GMT on August 1, 2022, and ends at 11:59pm GMT on August 31, 2022 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.

What to Enter

Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.

To ensure functionality on our submission platform, please submit files no larger than 25 MB at the time of entry. High resolution-original files will be requested should an entry make it into the final round of editing to be considered for an award or prize of merit.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (cropping, spotting for dust, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Entries may originate in any format—including but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints—so long as they are submitted electronically in a .jpeg, .jpg, or.png format. HDR images are acceptable.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to The Conservancy upon request.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted and must be able to provide copies of those releases to The Conservancy upon request.

The Conservancy will not accept watermarked submissions.

The following submissions are ineligible:

  • Images of captive animals photographed in zoos and commercial game farms.
  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright and photographs of persons without the necessary consent required by law in your jurisdiction. The Conservancy reserves the right to require entrants to submit evidence of the subject’s legal consent to be photographed for the submitted photograph, which may include a signed waiver from the subject or the subject’s legal guardian or representative. NOTE: Waiver requirements vary by jurisdiction, and the entrant is responsible for obtaining a legally enforceable waiver from any photographed subject.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife.
  • Images taken that cause or caused damage to the environment by the photographer; this includes taking photos from areas where human presence is restricted by authorities or relevant property managers.
  • Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.

The Conservancy shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

How to Enter

All images must be submitted though our photo submission website. Digital images that are sent via mail or email will not be accepted. If possible, please embed the photographer’s name and caption information in the photo’s metadata.

The entry forms contain required fields for information about the photo, category to be entered, and contact information for the entrant, including an email address.

Entrants will be asked to provide the following information in the contest entry process:

  • Title of the photo
  • Caption: Describe what we see, where it was taken and the story behind the photograph
  • Country where photo was taken
  • State or province where photo was taken
  • Identify no more than one of the following Categories for each photo submitted:
    • People and Nature;
    • Water;
    • Landscape;
    • Wildlife;
    • Plants or Fungi; or
    • Climate

You may enter an unlimited number of photos, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter.

Sponsor reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission with more explanation about the photo or to provide a higher resolution version of the photo anytime during the contest period.

Submission Categories

A single category must be selected when submitting an entry to the Photo Contest. Entries will be considered from the following categories:

  • People and Nature: A person or people in an outdoor setting or the impact of people in nature, such as a building or other human-made construction.
  • Landscape: Should give us a sense of place and show the world around you. Could include people or wildlife but the primary focus of the image should be the landscape.
  • Water: Should celebrate water in all its forms. Could be part of a landscape and include people or wildlife but water should be the primary focus of the image.
  • Wildlife: Includes mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and aquatic animals. Images of domestic animals and captive animals photographed in zoos and commercial game farms are not permitted.
  • Plants or Fungi: Includes any plant or fungus in its environment. Includes flowers, trees, shrubs, and vegetation in general, as well as lichen, and fungi such as mushrooms.
  • Climate: Should showcase our changing world and highlight the causes and effects of global warming.

Award Categories

Winning submissions will be selected for the following award categories:

  • One (1) Grand Prize winner
  • One (1) Guest Judge Choice winner
  • One (1) Celebrity Choice winner
  • Six (6) Category First Place winners, one (1) per category
  • Six (6) Category Second Place winners, one (1) per category

Judging

Judging will be conducted by a panel of photo editors to be selected by the Sponsor at its sole discretion (the “Panel”). Photos will be judged by the Panel on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to The Conservancy’s Priorities and mission.

The Panel will evaluate all valid entries and make daily selections into a group of Judges’ Favorite images, (“Judges’ Favorites”). All winners will be selected from the Judges’ Favorites. Judges’ Favorites will appear on nature.org/photocontest by 11:59pm GMT September 6, 2022. All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

Results

All winners will be announced on nature.org/photocontest by 11:59pm GMT on September 30, 2022. The Conservancy will notify the winners via the contact information provided at the time of entry.

To request a winners list by mail, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request to The Nature Conservancy, Photo Contest, 4245 N Fairfax Dr. Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203. Requests must be received by October 1, 2022.

Prizes

All award winners may receive mention on The Conservancy’s digital presences, as determined by The Conservancy in its sole discretion. In addition, The Conservancy, and where applicable its corporate award provider(s), will award the following prizes:

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive directly from Extreme E:

  • Admission ticket to Extreme E’s Uruguay Race: Provide entrance as spectator and cover round-trip air travel to Punta del Este, Uruguay (Economy category with precise dates/times at Extreme E’s discretion), and three nights of lodging in Punta del Este, for Photo Contest winner to attend Extreme E’s Uruguay Race in Punta del Este on November 26-27, 2022.
  • NOTE: TNC is not responsible for delivery of this prize, and thanks Extreme E for providing this prize directly to the Winner. Any and all inquiries or issues about this prize must be directed directly to Extreme E, not TNC.

One (1) Guest Judge Choice winner will receive:

  • $5,000 USD Camera kit or camera kit gift card, as determined by The Conservancy in its sole discretion.

One (1) Celebrity Choice winner will receive:

  • $2,500 gift card, as determined by The Conservancy in its sole discretion.
  • 1:1 Zoom chat with Coyote Peterson, subject to Mr. Peterson’s scheduling availability.

Six (6) Category First Place winners (one (1) per category) will receive:

  • $750 USD Amazon, Mercado Libre or Alibaba gift card as determined by The Conservancy in its sole discretion.

Six (6) Category Second Place winners (one (1) per category) will receive:

  • $500 USD Amazon, Mercado Libre or Alibaba gift card as determined by The Conservancy in its sole discretion.

To the maximum extent permissible by law, all winners are responsible for paying any taxes and any and all other costs and expenses associated with claiming the awards, including but not limited to customs fees, taxes, and any other administrative costs, if applicable. If the prize value equals or exceeds $600, prior to the award of any prize the winner will need to complete, sign and return an IRS W-9 form and/or any applicable tax forms for awarding the prize in the winner’s jurisdiction. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

Prize winners (“Winners”) accept any of the contest awards listed above (“Prizes”) entirely at their own risk. To the maximum extent permissible by law, Winners agree to hold harmless and fully release TNC, its directors, officers, employees, agents, and assigns from and against any and all liabilities, demands, damages, claims, losses, costs, settlements, judgments, fines, penalties, or expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, (collectively, “Claims”) that directly or indirectly arise out of, relate to, or result in any way from the acceptance, delivery, receipt, use, or enjoyment of any Prize.

Potential Winner Requirements

Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, including proof of age and liability/publicity release within 10 calendar days. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place.

IP Rights

Your photographs help The Conservancy protect Earth’s amazing diversity of wildlife, people, plants and habitats. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.

You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit—including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a photograph to the Photo Contest, you grant The Conservancy and its related entities such as affiliates and subsidiaries a royalty-free, non-exclusive right in perpetuity to:

The Conservancy will endeavor to credit all photographs with the credit “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.

General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Contest Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Contest Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

Release and Limitations of Liability

By entering, to the maximum extent permissible by law, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest, use of the photograph or associated data (including personal data), or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys’ fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

E-Supporter

When you enter, there will be an opt-in to become an e-supporter of The Conservancy. This includes special event invitations, digital messages, text and a monthly e-newsletter. You may cancel and unsubscribe at any time following the unsubscribe instructions provided via those channels.

Privacy and Publicity

Any information you submit as part of the Photo Contest will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. By submitting such information, you expressly consent to the Conservancy’s Privacy Policy. The information you provide when you enter is provided to Sponsor. Except where prohibited, you consent to Sponsor’s use of your name in any list of winners (if applicable) and/or for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.

Disputes

You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Photo Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Virginia. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Contest Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Photo Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Virginia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Virginia or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Virginia.

Questions

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to photocontest@tnc.org.

National Geographic photographer and documentary filmmaker.
Ami Vitale National Geographic photographer and documentary filmmaker. © Bryan Liscinsky 2018

Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale, National Geographic photographer and documentary filmmaker, has traveled to more than 100 countries, documenting the heartbreaking realities of war to witnessing the inspiring power of individuals making a difference. Her award-winning work illuminates the unsung heroes and communities working to protect wildlife and finding harmony in our natural world.

She is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service and the Lucie Awards will honor her with their 2022 Humanitarian award.  She has been named Magazine photographer of the year in the International Photographer of the Year award, received the Daniel Pearl for Outstanding Journalism award and is a six-time recipient of World Press Photos. She also published a best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas.

Ami is also the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Vital Impacts which uses art to empower and engage youth through the arts to become activists and influence their peers in the world. She lectures around the world for the National Geographic LIVE series, and will be featured on the National Geographic Channel Explorer TV series in 2023.

Emmy Award-winning host on YouTube's Brave Wilderness.
Coyote Peterson Emmy Award-winning host on YouTube's Brave Wilderness. © RJ Bruni

Coyote Peterson

Coyote Peterson is an Emmy Award-winning host on YouTube’s Brave Wilderness, where his videos have been viewed over 4.3 billion times worldwide, making Brave Wilderness the largest wildlife brand in the digital space.

Coyote has spent the past decade getting up close with animals to uncover the true stories behind some of our planet’s most misunderstood creatures. His passion for wildlife is driven by a desire to educate the world about animals and to foster a future that conserves environments and their species. Forever dedicated to the joys of storytelling, Coyote is constantly honing his craft to ensure audiences of all ages can partake in his animal adventures.

Self portrait of photographer Brian Adams. Adams photographed Bristol Bay using traditional film and his medium format camera. He is a Native Alaskan whose work centers around life in Alaska and northern climates.
Brian Adams Alaska-based editorial and commercial photographer. © Brian Adams

Brian Adams

Brian Adams is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska, specializing in environmental portraiture. His work has been featured in both national and international publications, and his work documenting Alaskan Native villages has been showcased in galleries across the United States and Europe.

His first book of photography, I AM ALASKAN, was published in October 2013 by University of Alaska Press. His most recent book, I AM INUIT, was published in December 2017 by Benteli. In 2018, he received a fellowship grant from The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and the Rasmuson Foundation to continue his work on documenting Inuit life in Alaska and the circumpolar.

Award-winning photojournalist.
Smita Sharma Award-winning photojournalist. © Courtesy Smita Sharma

Smita Sharma

Smita Sharma is a Delhi-based photojournalist who has documented gender issues, sexual crimes and human trafficking in the Global South through long-form visual narratives. She is a TED fellow and an IWMF reporting fellow. 

Smita is committed to representing people with dignity and her visceral images have been published in a range of outlets, including the New York Times, BBC World, Wall Street Journal, TIME and National Geographic Magazine. Her work has also been exhibited and shown globally, including at the UN Headquarters in New York. She is the recipient of awards from Amnesty International, the Las Fotos Project, One World Media and Fetisov Journalism Award.

Award-winning photographer.
Luciano Candisani Award-winning photographer. © Courtesy Luciano Candisani

Luciano Candisani

Luciano Candisani has produced three decades of photographic narratives that interpret natural spaces and traditional sea people all around the world. He has been commissioned and published by institutions such as National Geographic and awarded in Brazil and abroad. His projects are visual chronicles about our relationship with the environment and other species.

Luciano lives with his family between the forest and the sea, in Ilhabela, on the southeastern coast of Brazil.

Director of Photography for The Nature Conservancy's Global Marketing Division.
Melissa Dale Director of Photography for The Nature Conservancy's Global Marketing Division. © Courtesy Melissa Dale

Melissa Dale

Melissa Dale is the Director of Photography at The Nature Conservancy, where she has spent over 20 years being a leading advocate for photography. She believes in the power of photography to engage, inform, and inspire. She is passionate about creative collaboration and joyfully works with a global network of photographers to create photographic stories that awaken curiosity and compassion for the natural world.

Melissa began her career as a social documentary photographer and newspaper photo editor. She then had a most fortunate opportunity to merge her love of photography with natural history storytelling as a photo editor for National Geographic Books.

Senior Photo Editor on the Global Photo Team at The Nature Conservancy.
Alex Snyder Senior Photo Editor on the Global Photo Team at The Nature Conservancy. © Courtesy Alex Snyder

Alex Snyder

Alex Snyder is a Senior Photo Editor for The Nature Conservancy and serves as the judging moderator for the annual Global Photo Contest. He’s helped produce over 12 stories for Nature Conservancy Magazine including the recent features on Croatia’s River Krupa and the Columbia Basin’s pygmy rabbit.

Prior to his work at TNC he served as the photographer for Peace Corps, documenting volunteer stories in 15 countries. He also serves as the Communications Director for The Photo Society—a group of over 200 National Geographic photographers. Alex’s work has taken him around the world and has been published by the National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, Smithsonian, NPR, New York Times, Time, People and many others.

Senior Photo Editor for The Nature Conservancy.
Rolaine Ossman Senior Photo Editor for The Nature Conservancy. © Courtesy Rolaine Ossman

Rolaine Ossman

Rolaine Ossman is a Senior Photo Editor for The Nature Conservancy and has been a part of the Global Photo team for six years.

She produces feature assignments for Nature Conservancy Magazine as well as for initiatives throughout the organization. Her primary interest is creating visual narratives pertaining to environmental issues in fresh and inspiring ways.