Celebrate Nature through Art

The National Audubon Society is named after John James Audubon who was a great artist as well as a naturalist who documented many birds in the 1800s. We realize many folks who love nature are also artists, often in different mediums.

Prairie Hills Audubon Society thus has an objective to “celebrate nature through art” and below we let you know of some contests related to nature & art and about an opportunity to share photos for science..

Here is a hyperlink to his “Birds of America” plates – that show many of his paintings. These posted images are a little faded in color relative to the originals:



Audubon’s Annual Photo Contest Entry Period (recycles every year)

 This event  recycles every year, in a similar time frame & mode.  – you were able to submit  photos/videos between January 10th, 2024 at 12 pm-February 28th, 2024 at 12 pmhttps://www.audubon.org/get-outside/audubon-photography-awards-2024-official-rules

 Judges  awarded eight prizes to photographers and videographers in 2023: the Grand Prize, Professional Prize, Amateur Prize, Youth Prize, Plants for Birds Prize, Fisher Prize, Female Bird Prize, and Video Prize.  

Prizes included in 2024:
Grand Prize: $5,000 USD
Professional Prize: $2,500 USD
Amateur Prize: $2,500 USD
Plants for Birds Prize: $2,500 USD
Video Prize: $2,500 USD
Female Bird Prize: $1,000 USD

Birds in Landscape: $1,000 USD
Fisher Prize: $1,000 USD
Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp for Teens during the 2024 season

Previous Years winners

There are some very nice photos to look at. 

The winning photos were already sent out in Audubon’s magazine


2023 winners 


2022 winners


2021 winners


2020 winners

2019-2017 winners





Snapshot South Dakota

Snapshot South Dakota was a department sponsored contest that was focused on capturing the beauty of our outdoor resources in South Dakota. We think 2022 was the last year SD GFP offered this contest, but they expect to offer it again in 2024. They currently have folks submitting photos to their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Submit Photos
2022 Categories
  • Wildlife
  • Landscapes
  • Outdoor Families

Judging will consist of one “Best in Category” for each category and one overall “People’s Choice,” resulting in four winners.


Photographers are eligible to enter up to 3 photos.

Photos deemed inappropriate will not be eligible for People’s Choice voting.

Deadline to submit photos for the summer period will be July 25. Voting for People’s Choice will begin in early August.

People’s Choice

All eligible submitted photos will be added into a photo album on the official GFP Facebook page.  Photographers are encouraged to direct their friends, family and fans to the album to “Like” their photo(s).  The photo with the most “Likes” will be award “People’s Choice.” The “People’s Choice” photo and photographer will be removed from the remaining categories moving forward.

Winning Photos

Winning photographers and photos will be showcased with appropriate credits in the South Dakota Conservation Digest, GFP social media platforms and other GFP publications. Winning photos may also be selected for the cover of the South Dakota Hunting Handbook, Fishing Handbook, Boating Handbook and Park Times.



North American Nature Photography Association

has various events and an annual photo competition. You start submitting entries in the summer for next years juried show. (August 1st 2023-Sept 15, 2023 was this year’s submission interval for 2024 show – Look to August 2024 for  next submission opportunity)
To look at the winners: https://nanpa.org/2024-showcase/

The 2024 National Wildlife® Photo Contest is coming soon!

National Wildlife magazine’s 53rd annual photo contest is open for submissions from January 17, 2024, through March 31, 2024. All entries support the conservation mission of the National Wildlife Federation, which is dedicated to saving wildlife species and habitats. Amateur and professional photographers alike are encouraged to share their best images of wildlife and wild lands, from around the world and their own backyards. Good luck!

Sign up to be notified when the 2024 photo contest opens for entry.

You can submit images in any of these nine categories:

     • Birds
     • Mammals
     • Baby Animals (young of any species)
     • Other Wildlife (underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders, macro and more)
     • Landscapes & Plants (from broad vistas to single blooms)
     • People in Nature (responsibly enjoying wildlife or the outdoors)
     • Mobile (entries taken with phones or tablets)
     • Portfolio (up to 10 images built around a common theme related to nature or conservation)
     • Young Nature Photographers (ages 13 to 17)

The grand prize winner will be honored with the National Wildlife Nature’s Witness Award and receive $5,000. The winner of the portfolio category will receive $750. In each of the eight additional categories, first place wins $500, and second place wins $250. Photo contest entrants are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award. Anyone 13 years of age or older can get in on the fun and vote! Winners will be announced in a press release, featured on our social media channels and published in print and/or online.

Now entering its 53rd year, the prestigious National Wildlife Photo Contest celebrates wildlife, habitats and the natural world, with an emphasis on conservation and ethical photography honoring the well-being of animals in the wild. 

Modest entry fees support the National Wildlife Federation’s conservation work and your photos inspire our millions of members and supporters to care about wildlife and to act on its behalf.


Endangered Species Coalition 

normally has some art related events each year related to Endangered Species Day. . Endangered Species Day in the third Friday in May (every year) and Prairie Hills Audubon Society and other western SD groups will host a face-to-face celebration or Zoom meeting.

 We give you data on the Coalitions art events from  2022, but they had a competition also in 2023.

 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) announcements of their Art events/contests,



MAY 19th-21st, 2023 were the days to upload photos of chalk art.


Black Hills Photography Club

periodically has photo contests at their monthly meetings on themes related to nature & also periodically sponsors field trips to photograph together outside. The next competition is on trees with entries due on October 8th, 2021. Check out URL links below.





iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. On this web site folks can share their photos of species with others. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. The sponsors share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data.

All you have to do is observe & submit.- visit – https://www.inaturalist.org/

They also have “bio-blitzes. Here is a list of BioBlitzes, but most on the list, are past in 2023. https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/calendar


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