National Geographic Launches 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

picture of grand prize winning photo from 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
photo by Greg Lecoeur / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The grand-prize winner will receive ,000 (USD), publication in National Geographic Magazine and a feature on National Geographic’s Instagram account, @natgeo.

Eligible contestants can visit to submit photographs in any or all of four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials. Each entry to the contest will be submitted through National Geographic’s online photo community, Your Shot, where members can comment on photos and share their favorites. The entry fee is (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest ends Friday, Nov. 17, at 12 p.m. EST.

“I’m thrilled for entries to the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest to start rolling in,” said National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Digital Photography Patrick Witty. “The strength and diversity of the submitted photos are always astounding, and this contest gives those incredible entries a platform that is seen by millions ­– including National Geographic’s photo editors. The Nature Photographer of the Year contest is a rewarding experience for all involved, from the photographers who enter, to audiences who get to appreciate the incredible talent.”

“Since National Geographic photographers find ways to go the extra mile in making a jaw-dropping photo, we’ve chosen four categories (Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials) that will encourage photographers to amaze us with a compelling diversity of images,” said Matt Adams, Producer and Community Manager of Your Shot.

One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the four categories, and the winning photographs will be published on The overall grand-prize winner will be chosen from the four category winners and will be announced in December 2017.

For details and official contest rules, please visit

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or, or find us on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contact

Anna Kukelhaus
(202) 912-6724