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 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The contest is open to all registered conference attendees and is a great way to share wildlife experiences captured on camera. Professional wildlife photographers local to the area will 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.


  • To enter, fill out the Photo Contest entry form below. Entrants must attach their photos to the form as an image file (minimum 300 dpi). By submitting your photograph(s) to the Wildlife Photo Gallery and Contest, you agree to allow TWS to publish and distribute the image(s) in future TWS print and online materials with credit to the photographer.
  • Entrants must register onsite and submit hard copies of their entered photographs to the Photo Contest registration table. No hardcopy prints will be accepted prior to conference registration. Onsite registration will be Monday, Sept. 30, from 12 p.m. to 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).


  • 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 to a previous TWS 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 should adhere to the NANPA Principles of Ethical Field Practices


  • Amphibians & Reptiles (fish included in this category)
  • Birds
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammals
  • Game Cam
  • Human Dimensions
  • Landscapes & Still Life (including flora)
  • Mobile Phone
  • Creative / Comedic


  • 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” x 12”
  • Entries must be mounted on a stiff 11” by 14” black or white backing
  • 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

A selected panel of photography contest judges will evaluate photograph submissions based on impact, clarity, composition, contrast, setting and lighting. Judging will take place Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 12 noon. Conference registrants are welcome to attend. Conference attendees who visit the gallery will also determine a winner — People’s Choice — by voting for their favorite photo.

The winners will be announced at the keynote session on Wednesday morning, Oct. 2. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-place winners of each category, as well as Best-in-Show (determined by the panel of Photography Contest judges) and People’s Choice (determined by votes from conference attendees). Photographs can be claimed at the photo contest registration desk after 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. Unclaimed photographs will not be returned.


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


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