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A composite image of the winners of the 2021 photo contest

Enter our 2022 Photo Contest!

The 2022 contest is now closed! Stay tuned for the announcement of winners.

Scroll down to see our 2021 winners!


Contest subject categories and rules for 2023 will be posted in February.

We've changed up our rules to make entering our photo contest a little easier. The highlights: 

  • Participants no longer need to send in a print of their photograph. We're only accepting digital entries.
  • The entry form is now online and you only need to submit it once, instead of one for each submission. Please note, however, if you enter a photograph into the People category, the release form for your subjects will still need to be signed and mailed in.
  • Because the entry form is electronic, submitted photos must be named in this format: SuzieSmith_Wildlife.jpg (your name, underscore, category name)
  • Photo releases for people in photos must be submitted via WeTransfer and named in this format: SuzieSmith_PhotoRelease.pdf

This year's categories are:

  • Architecture
  • Insects
  • People
  • Plants & Fungi
  • Snow & Ice
  • Trails
  • Wildlife

Photographers may win in more than one category. In the event a participant receives multiple awards, they will be given one award at the highest level received.

  • The “Best of Show” winner will receive a complimentary 1-year membership to Cincinnati Nature Center (choice of membership level up to a Family level), and a $30 gift certificate to The Nature Shop.
  • First place winners will receive a complimentary daily admission pass and a $30 gift certificate to The Nature Shop.
  • Second and third place winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to The Nature Shop.

Deadline for all entries is December 31, 2022. A panel of judges will review the entries and select the winners. The decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be announced in February 2023.

Close up of a buck in a field. The buck is looking directly at the camera.
2021 Staff Pick by Kelly Brunarski

Congratulations to our 2021 Photo Contest winners!

Congratulations to all of the winners of our 2021 Photo Contest. We had more than 150 entries overall! Our judges awarded a Best in Show, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category. Staff also voted on their favorite photo, which was awarded the "Staff Pick."

We also extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who sent in photos. We appreciate your time, talent, and support of this contest. The judges had a very difficult job choosing the winners!

Best in Show

Winners in the Architecture Category

Winners in the Insect Category

Winners in the People Category

Winners in the Plants & Fungi Category

Winners in the Snow & Ice Category

Winners in the Trails Category

Winners in the Wildlife Category

Winners in Youth Category