Celebrate National Nature Photography Day on June 15th!

Photographer on Lake Maurepas, Louisiana
Photographer wading through a swamp on Lake Maurepas, Louisiana. Photo by Mark Lagrange.
National Nature Photography Day is coming up on June 15th. This day, dedicated to celebrating nature photography and its role in aiding conservation efforts is near and dear to our hearts here at National Wildlife Federation.

And celebrating it is as easy as can be! All you have to do is scoop up your camera, head outside, and start taking photos. Maybe there’s a particular shot you’ve been planning to try or a hike you’ve been thinking of taking. National Nature Photography Day offers you the perfect excuse to get out there and make it happen!

7 Tips for Taking Better Nature Photographs

For those of you looking for inspiration or just something new to try, nature photographer Rob Sheppard shared some of his best tips with us in the article How to Make Better Nature Photos. From using your digital camera’s LCD screen as a tool to help perfect your shots to getting close-ups without buying an expensive lens to adjusting one critical setting to capture more dramatic outdoor images, these 7 tips will help you get the photos you want.
Check it out here.

Enter, Vote, and Share!

Another great way to celebrate National Nature Photography Day is by sharing your nature photos with your fellow nature and wildlife enthusiasts from around the globe. Entering the National Wildlife Photo Contest is easy, and your tax-deductible $20 entry fee allows you to enter up to 10 photos in the competition. Your $20 goes helps raise awareness of conservation issues and fund our mission to protect wildlife and wild places. It also gets you:

  • The opportunity to have your photos published in National Wildlife magazine and on our website.
  • A one year subscription to the magazine and membership to National Wildlife Federation.
  • A chance to win the Grand Prize a trip for two to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada where you can see and photograph polar bears
  • A shot at winning additional prizes worth $6,000!

Plus you can put your photos in the running to become our coveted People’s Choice Award winner. You have until July 15th to finalize your entry, so you’ll even have the chance to enter photos you take on National Nature Photography Day! Go here to enter the contest now.