The 2022 Garden for WildlifeTM Photo Contest is now closed.

Winners have been notified and will be annoucned pubilically in April. Thank you for all of your wonderful submissions.


Be part of our visual community that recognizes the impact of gardening for wildlife. We are rewarding the photographs that best illustrate the faces of Garden for Wildlife through striking color images showing the impact of habitat gardens, on wildlife and people – in urban, suburban and rural settings on land, in the air and in the water. Every person who enters not only honors their own work, but also helps support the conservation mission of the National Wildlife Federation, which is dedicated to saving wildlife species and their habitats. 


We are excited to announce the following five categories for entry in our 2022 contest:

  • People in the Wildlife Garden
  • Certified Wildlife Habitat Landscapes
  • Wildlife Observations Where People Live, Work, Play, Learn and Worship
  • Close-up Native Plants and their Wildlife Visitors
  • Young Habitat Photographers: For photographers age 13-17


Entry Package: Your fee helps support the National Wildlife Federation's work to protect wildlife and wild places. There is no limit on the total number of images allowed.

  • Enter up to 20 photos for $25 (BEST VALUE, includes free one-year digital subscription of National Wildlife)
  • Enter up to fifteen photos for $20
  • Enter up to ten photos for $15


Grand Prize: $1,000 cash prize

Runner-Up: $500 cash prize

Category Winners (5 total): Each will receive 12-pack Garden for Wildlife Native Plant Collection ($118 value)

Runner-Up Category Winners (5 total): Each will receive a 6-pack Garden for Wildlife Native Plant Collection ($68 value)

Honorable Mentions: National Wildlife Federation Calendar


Consider donating: The National Wildlife Federation greatly appreciates when photographers choose to donate some of their images. These donations help support our mission to protect wildlife and habitats. Photographers will always retain ownership and rights to their images. We encourage you to consider donating some of your images to the National Wildlife Federation to help us save the world’s treasured wildlife species and their habitats. See more information about donating your photos in the Rules section.


To enter and share your work, please register or login by scrolling up to the top right corner of this page.



Contest opens at 12pm EST on August 8, 2022 and closes at 11:59pm EST on October 16, 2022. 


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