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If you are a photographer that loves capturing wildlife shots, this competition is for you. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is now accepting entries to its 17th annual Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition.

Entrants must be either current magazine subscribers or younger than 18 years old.  You can subscribe here. You can be an amateur or a professional photographer of any age to enter. Only digital entries in JPEG format and no larger than 2 megabytes will be considered.

The competition is not accepting slides, negatives or prints will be accepted. Photographs must have been taken in North Carolina on Sept. 15, 2017, or later. Entrants may submit a maximum of two photos per category.

The competition categories are as follows:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Birds
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammals
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Wild Landscapes
  • Wild Plants and Fungi
  • Youth Photographer: Any of the above subjects, shot by photographers ages 13-17.
  • Youth Photographer: Any of the above subjects, shot by photographers age 12 and younger.

Entries will be judged by a panel comprising of staff from the Wildlife Commission and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, as well as professional wildlife photographers. The grand prize winner’s photo will be published on the cover of the July/August 2022 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina. You will also take home a cash prize of $200! Winners will also receive a print of their winning entry from JW Image Company, and cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded to the first, second, and third place photographers in each category. You can see more on the contest here.

Sadly, if you are an employee of the Wildlife Commission, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences or part of an employee’s immediate family (children, siblings, and spouses) you are not eligible to enter. Entries will be accepted now through Jan. 31, 2022, at 5 p.m.

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