World Nature Photography Awards 2021

The nature photography competition for planet Earth


The mission of the World Nature Photography Awards is to celebrate the world’s best nature photographers, whilst showcasing nature’s beauty to a wider audience, to drive us all to secure a better future for our planet. Winning work is seen by millions of people around the globe.

There are 13 categories within the WNPA, so there’s plenty of opportunity to share your amazing work. From landscape photography, to animals in their habitats, photojournalism and humans’ interaction with nature, the stage is set for you to share your vision of the natural world.

The categories are as follows:

Animals in their habitat
Animal portraits
Behaviour – Amphibians and reptiles
Behaviour – Birds
Behaviour – Invertebrates
Behaviour – Mammals
Plants and fungi
Urban wildlife
Planet Earth’s landscapes and environments
Black and white
Nature art
Nature photojournalism
People and nature

Entries are eligible from any country worldwide from both amateur and professional photographers who are over 18 years of age.


The jury awards gold, silver and bronze titles in 13 categories and one photographer takes home the overall title of World Nature Photographer 2021 and prize money of $1,000.


Global. Over 18s only.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Copyright of images remains with the photographer.

For winning images, copyright holders grant WNPA unlimited non-exclusive use of high-resolution images for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest and all promotional activities without any remuneration.

Copyright holders of all awarded images grant the WNPA non-exclusive use of low-resolution pictures on the WNPA website, without any remuneration. Images will be used strictly in relation to the competition and will not be used for any other promotional reasons other than the marketing of the competition.

You agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of your name and images for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in connection with the competition without additional compensation. WNPA and its media partners assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse by external third parties.

All images used by WNPA will always carry a photographer credit. The photographer agrees that the organisers will not be liable to the photographer in the event of any inadvertent omission of a photographer credit.


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