Tennessee Wildlife Federation Calendar Photo Contest

Thanks to all those who submitted photos!

Winners will be announced in the next few weeks and will be notified by email.

As the most biologically diverse inland state, Tennessee is teeming with stunning wildlife and habitats. Tennessee Wildlife Federation is calling for your photos of these natural wonders!

Photos by Denise Hilley, Charlie Curry, Courtney Meeks

From all of your submissions, a panel of judges will select the best of the best for the official 2019 Tennessee Wildlife Federation calendar, which goes to outdoor enthusiasts like you. Returning this year is the People’s Choice that will be selected through an online vote.


  • Everyone with a photo in the calendar will receive a copy to display proudly. Last year there were more than 40!
  • The cover, People’s Choice, and 12 month photographers will receive Tennessee Wildlife Federation apparel.
  • The cover image photographer will receive a $200 gift card, the People’s Choice photographer will receive a $100 gift card, and each month winner will receive a $20 gift card.

Here are a few things you need to know about entering:

  • To improve your chances, send rare images. We receive fewer winter shots and photos of aquatic species in their habitat.
  • We’re looking for images that show the beauty of wildlife and wildlife habitat. Check out this gallery of past winners for inspiration.
  • You don’t have to be a Tennessee resident to enter, but your photo must be taken in Tennessee.
  • You can enter up to 20 photos. Upload them below between August 1 and August 31.
  • If you entered a photo for our previous photo contests that did not appear in the calendar, you can enter that same photo again. We received so many beautiful photos, we could not use them all!
  • A juried selection of photos will be chosen for the People’s Choice vote. Voting will be open from September 6 to 11:59 p.m. CT on September 12. A maximum of three photos per photographer will be chosen for the People’s Choice voting. Anyone can vote once a day for their favorite image(s).
  • Files of photos must be named in this format: [first name]_[last name]_[image number].jpg. An example would be theodore_roosevelt_2.jpg.
  • You retain all legal rights to your photo, but by entering, you give us permission to display your photo on our website, social media platforms, and other digital and printed materials. If we do that, we’ll credit you as the photographer.


Tennessee Wildlife Federation is one of the largest and oldest organizations in Tennessee dedicated to the conservation of the state’s wildlife and natural resources through stewardship, youth engagement, and conservation policy. We bring together and represent the varied interests of people who enjoy the great outdoors. Learn more about the Federation HERE.

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Official Contest Rules

  1. WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Tennessee Wildlife Federation Calendar Photo Contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers, excluding Tennessee Wildlife Federation Board of Directors (not including Advisory Board) and staff.
  2. CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD: All photos must be submitted by Friday, August 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Photographers may submit up to 20 photos.
  3. 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, 2018, and will not be returned. Mailed entries must be sent to: Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Attn: Photo Contest, 300 Orlando Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209. Photos submitted by email and mail will not be eligible for the People’s Choice award.
  4. 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.)
  5. WHAT PHOTOS TO ENTER: We are looking for striking, high resolution color and black and white images celebrating Tennessee’s great outdoors for our 2019 Tennessee Wildlife Federation Calendar. Since photos will be published in a calendar, we need photos that span all seasons. 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.
  6. 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. When submitting your photos keep in mind that the photos need to be a horizontal composition to fit the 8.5 x 11 size of the calendar. (Photos do not have to be cropped to fit the 8.5 x 11 size. We will do this when we create the calendar.) 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.
  7. 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 winning photos.
  8. JUDGING: Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. All decisions by the judges will be final.
  9. PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Voting by the public will be open from Thursday, September 6 to Wednesday, September 12, 11:59 p.m. CT. The photo with the highest number of votes will automatically be featured in the 2019 Tennessee Wildlife Federation Calendar and the photographer will receive a gift card, Tennessee Wildlife Federation apparel, and calendar.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.