Participate in this year’s Wildlife Photo Gallery and Contest!


Professional and amateur wildlife photographers attending this year’s conference will be able to spotlight their outstanding work in our Wildlife Photo Gallery and Contest.

The contest is open to all registered conference attendees and is a great way to share wildlife experiences captured on camera. A panel of three local wildlife photographers has been selected to judge the contest, and attendees will get to enjoy each unique perspective on wildlife as they roam the gallery and vote for a People’s Choice winner. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category!

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  • Must be a Conference registrant to enter the photo contest
  • Entrant must have taken the photograph(s) and possess all rights to its distribution and use
  • Entries cannot include photographs submitted at a previous TWS Annual Conference
  • Each entrant may submit a maximum of two photos per category (18 total)
  • Cost of entry is $5 (USD) per photograph
  • Images that have been slightly enhanced by filters or marginally altered to remove scratches or dust, may be entered in any category
  • Images that have been extensively altered by high dynamic range imaging, removal or addition of objects, or duplication of elements must be entered in the Creative / Comedic category
  • Images of captive animals or cultivated plants may be entered into any category, but this status must be described on the associated entry form; please refer to the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) standards for truth in captioning
  • Photographs captured and submitted to the 2018 TWS Photo Contest should adhere to the NANPA Principles of Ethical Field Practices



  • Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish
  • Birds
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammals
  • Game Cam
  • Human Dimensions
  • Landscapes & Still Life (including flora)
  • Mobile Phone
  • Creative / Comedic


A selected panel of volunteer judges will evaluate photograph submissions based on impact, clarity, composition, contrast, setting and lighting. Conference attendees who visit the gallery will also determine a winner — People’s Choice — by voting for their favorite photos. People’s Choice voters will be asked to rank their top three photos first, second and third. First place votes will be worth three points, second place votes two points, and third place votes one point. The points will be tallied on Wednesday evening. The photo with the most points will be crowned People’s Choice winner.

The winners will be contacted Wednesday evening and announced at the plenary session on Thursday morning. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-place winners of each category, as well as Best-in-Show (determined by the panel of judges) and People’s Choice (determined by votes from conference attendees). Photographs can be claimed at the photo contest registration table on Thursday, Oct. 11. Unclaimed photographs will not be returned.



  • Best-in-Show – $100
  • People’s Choice – $75
  • Category winners -$50


How to Enter

  • To enter, fill out the Photo Contest entry form below. Entrants must attach their photos to the form as a .jpg (minimum 300 dpi).
  • Entrants must register onsite and submit hard copies of their entered photographs to the Photo Contest registration desk. No hardcopy prints will be accepted prior to conference registration. Onsite registration will be Monday, Oct. 8, from 12-6 p.m. Entry fees must be paid onsite upon submission of hardcopy prints. Although the Photography Contest booth will be staffed, TWS does not guarantee security of the photograph(s).


Image Rights

  • Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to photographs submitted to the Wildlife Photo Gallery and Contest (Contest) subject to the following: By entering the Contest, each entrant grants to The Wildlife Society (TWS) a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and display submitted images (with credit to the photographer) in all media throughout the world including but not limited to use in the context of the TWS website and social media channels as well as TWS promotional and marketing materials or any other communications medium currently existing or later created. Should commercial opportunities regarding an image present itself, TWS will negotiate with entrants separately.

Photo Formatting

  • Photographs must be captured with a digital or film camera
  • Photographs must be in color or black-and-white prints, with a minimum size of 8” x 10” and maximum size of 8.5” x 12”
  • Entries must be mounted using an 11×14” (black or white) photo mat or stiff back mount such as foam core
  • Framed prints will not be accepted
  • Any text that is not part of the original photograph must be completely covered
  • On the back of the photograph, place a label with the following information:
    • Category
    • Photograph title
    • Entrant’s name, phone number and email
  • Velcro tabs will be placed on the back of the photograph at the Conference, and a removable sticker will be placed on the front, for display and identification purposes
  • Submissions that do not conform to formatting rules may be rejected

Questions? For questions, please email Nick Wesdock at nwesdock@wildlife.org.