The competition aims to represent landscape photographers who recognize the power that comes from truthful depiction of the natural world. Whilst other competitions may allow complete freedom in digital manipulation, this competition is for photographers who choose to work within the more traditional bounds of the medium, while still expressing themselves creatively. It addresses the idea that the unique quality photography has over other artistic mediums is its grounding in reality. The competition showcases the skill of these photographers in revealing the wonder of the natural landscape.
One of the most powerful aspects of a great landscape photograph is its ability to transport the viewer to relive a moment in time, distant location, or smaller scene, through the eyes of the photographer. This helps the viewer to engage with the subject matter, understand the relationships the photographer wanted to express, and allow photographs to support the case for conservation.
By constraining our photographs to represent the natural world in a truthful manner, we create trust in our artform’s unique position to pair real experiences with artistic creation. This does not preclude the use of editing tools such as Photoshop which, when used sensitively, can enhance the viewer’s experience without misleading them.
Closing date – September 1, 2021
Prize pool – Natural Landscape Photographer of the Year: First Place: Cash Prize of US $5,000. Second Place: Cash Prize of US $1,000. Natural Landscape Photograph of the Year: Cash Prize of US $1,000. Youth Photographer of the Year: Cash Prize of US $500. Grand Landscape Award: Cash Prize of US $500. Intimate & Abstract Award: Cash Prize of US $500. Nightscape Award: Cash Prize of US $500. Aerial Award: Cash Prize of US $500. Project of the Year: Cash Prize of US $1,000 will be awarded to the Project of the Year. Cash Prize of US $500 will be awarded to the Project of the Year Runner-up.
Entry fee – Entry fee – Entries up until June 8th, 2021 are at the following discounted rates (non-early bird rates are in parens): Main Competition $40 for 6 images, $60 for 12 images, $100 for 18 images. Project Category $30 entry for 6-10 images (independent from main competition). Entries are limited to a maximum of 18 images and 2 project submissions. Entering makes you eligible for the overall title ‘Photographer of the Year’. * A project entry allows a submission of 6-10 images together as a set. This is a standalone portion of the competition and does not qualify for Photographer of the Year or any individual categories. You may submit image(s) from a project to the main competition as separate entries which incurs the normal fee for those entries.
Eligibility – All images should comply with the following requirements: Digital submission only, including film images. AdobeRGB or sRGB colorspace. At least 4000px on their longest edge (you may submit larger files). JPEG files only, max file size 8MB (RAW files must be available should your image(s) progress to the final stages). No borders or watermarks are allowed. Images shot on film should be submitted digitally and if they progress to the final stages we will contact the photographer about verifying the originals. RAW files will be requested for images making it to the final judging phases of the competition. Entries are wholly the original work of the person entering and under their sole ownership. Entries have NOT won or been commended in another past major international competition. There is no time limit on when an image was captured (it does not have to be captured in the last year). As we are aligned with the Nature First Principles, the entry or entries have been captured in accordance with local laws and National Park rules. This includes permits, licences and permissions (including drone laws). Project Submission Requirements Projects should be submitted together as a collection of between 6 and 10 images. There is a separate section of the submission form for this process. Each individual image that forms part of the project should follow the individual image submission requirements above. Photos should be submitted with filename numbering in the order you wish them to appear (if this matters). You should also submit an accompanying description with your images. This description is entirely up to the photographer and can consist of just a few words or be up to 200 words long. It should be written for a non-photography literate viewer.
Selection process – Judged
Copyright policy – The photographer retains full copyright of each entry to the contest. Images will not be used by sponsors or any other organization without the express permission of the photographer.
Usage Rights policy – The photographer retains full usage rights of their entries except usage by Natural Landscape Photography Awards for the following purposes: To promote the contest in future years on its website or on various forms of social media, email marketing or printed marketing materials and displays. To showcase winning and high scoring photographs relating to the contest and its categories. For publishing in the annual Natural Landscape Photography Awards e-book or physical book, if chosen.