Wildlife and Landscape Photo Contest

For its 10th annual photo contest, Tennessee Wildlife Federation is calling for your photos of Tennessee’s wonderful wildlife and wild places. And for another year, photographers can submit one photo with a $5 suggested donation, up to five photos for $10, and up to 20 photos for a $20 donation. This donation helps support the Federation’s mission to lead the conservation, sound management, and wise use of Tennessee’s wildlife and great outdoors.

Judges will select the best of the best for our official 2025 calendar and to be highlighted on our digital platforms, which reach hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts like you. The People’s Choice winner will be selected through a public voting that opens September 6.

Enter your photos August 1–31!

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How It Works
  • The photo(s) you submit must be your own.
  • You don’t have to be a Tennessee resident to enter, but your photo(s) must be taken in Tennessee.
  • You can enter an unlimited number of photos. Upload them between midnight CT August 1 and 11:59 p.m. CT August 31.
  • Files of photos must be named in this format:
    • [first name]_[last name]_[image number].jpg
      An example would be theodore_roosevelt_2.jpg
  • Judges will select all winning photographs except for the People’s Choice winner.
  • The judges will select several dozen images to be part of the People’s Choice voting. (Because of the volume of submissions we cannot include all images in People’s Choice voting.)
    • Public voting to select the People’s Choice winner will be open on September 6–12.
    • The public can vote for multiple images on each ballot. One ballot can be submitted per email, per day.
  • You retain all legal rights to your photo. By entering, you give Tennessee Wildlife Federation permission to use your photo on our website, social media platforms, and other digital and printed materials. Credit to the photographer will always be given.
Full Contest Rules
  1. WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Tennessee Wildlife Federation Calendar Photo Contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers, excluding Tennessee Wildlife Federation staff and Board of Directors (not Advisory Board).
  2. BAD ACTORS: Tennessee Wildlife Federation reserves the right to disqualify submissions from known bad actors, including but not limited to those with a history of misrepresenting others’ work as their own and those who engage in unsavory online behavior related to the contest.
  3. CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD: All photos must be submitted between 12 a.m. CT on Thursday, August 1, 2024 and 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 31, 2024.
  4. HOW TO ENTER: All entries must be submitted on this webpage. Entrants encountering technical problems while submitting photos may submit their photos and all entry information by emailing photos@tnwf.org or on a non-returnable disk via mail or courier. Disks submitted by mail or courier must be postmarked by August 31, 2024 and will not be returned. Mailed entries must be sent to: Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Attn: Photo Contest, 300 Orlando Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209.
  5. ENTRY INFORMATION: All photos submitted must be formatted .jpg or .jpeg and labeled in the following way: [first name]_[last name]_[image number].jpg Example: If your name is Theodore Roosevelt and you are submitting three photos, the file names will be Theodore_Roosevelt_1.jpg, Theodore_Roosevelt_2.jpg, Theodore_Roosevelt_3.jpg.
    The following information must be submitted: Not providing full information may disqualify your entry.
    • Photographer’s name
    • Photographer’s city of residence
    • Title of photo
    • Location of photo
    • Optional: Any additional information about the photo
    • Optional: Website or social media account of photographer’s work. (If you have a website or social media account showcasing your photography, we will publish it along with your name and city.)
  6. WHAT PHOTOS TO ENTER: All photos must be the wholly original work of the submitting photographer. We are looking for striking, high-resolution color or black and white images celebrating Tennessee’s great outdoors. These images may show animal behavior, portraits of wildlife in natural habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, or people interacting with nature and must be taken in the state of Tennessee. Do not include photographs of pets or domestic animals. Images of captive animals photographed in game farms will be disqualified. Captive animals photographed in wildlife research facilities or rehabilitation centers are acceptable. Clearly label these animals as captive in the title of the photo.
  7. PREPARE YOUR PHOTOS: Photos must be at least 2,200 pixels wide and 1,700 pixels tall and at least 300 dpi. Larger images are acceptable and may improve your photos’ quality. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions. Images that do not meet this standard may be disqualified.
  8. WATERMARKS: Watermarks giving credit to the photographer may be added to the bottom right corner of the photograph. Photos that contain watermarks that cover or distract from the image will be disqualified. We reserve the right to remove watermarks from photos.
  9. JUDGING: Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. All decisions by the judges are final.
  10. PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Voting by the public will be open from 12 a.m. CT on Friday, September 6 to 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday,
    September 12. The photo with the highest number of votes will automatically be featured in the 2025 Tennessee Wildlife Federation Calendar.
  11. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of the photographs entered. Additionally, your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your entered photographs to be published on Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s website, social media platforms, and other digital and printed materials produced by the Federation. When photos are published, Tennessee Wildlife Federation agrees to include the photographer’s name.
  12. HOW TO CONTACT US: All questions and inquiries regarding the contest may be emailed to photos@tnwf.org. Updates will be shared publicly through the contest web page, social media and, as necessary, directly with contestants. Other than to seek technical assistance, contestants should not contact Tennessee Wildlife Federation as to not interfere with judging and other contest processes.

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