Call for Entries

January 2020 to April 2020
*Please read the following before entering
*Currently not accepted. 2020 contest opens January 2020.

Meet The Judges


With more than 30 years of experience in photography, Stephen Freligh is Co-Publisher of Nature’s Best Photography magazine. Additionally, Freligh is Executive Director of the annual Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards run in exhibition alliance with the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, USA.


Director and Past Chairman of the Board, Shenandoah University, Charles Veatch is also Chairman of Nature’s Best Photography and a leader in Reston, Virginia community support. Published photographer and commercial real estate developer, Veatch is also a judge for the Nature’s Best Photography Awards program.


Award-winning Art Director and Co-Publisher of Nature’s Best Photography magazine, Deborah Freligh has designed projects for the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Eastman Kodak, and National Wildlife Federation, among others.

Contest Details

The competition opens on January 2020 and all image entries are judged by a panel of experts in the fields of photography, science, and conservation. Photographers whose images move into the final round of judging will be emailed and requested to send high-resolution images or RAW files and detailed captions. Each photograph is judged on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit. Get your best ready!


January 2020 to April 2020


Asian Countries (48 countries)

Afghanistan / Armenia / Azerbaijan / Bahrain / Bangladesh / Bhutan / Brunei / Burma / Cambodia / China / Georgia / India / Indonesia / Iran / Iraq / Israel / Japan / Jordan / Kazakhstan / South Korea / Kuwait / Kyrgyzstan / Laos / Lebanon / Malaysia / Maldives / Mongolia / Nepal / Oman / Pakistan / Palestine / Philippines / Qatar / Russia / Saudi Arabia / Singapore / Sri Lanka / Syria / Taiwan / Tajikistan / Thailand / East Timor / Turkey / Turkmenistan / United Arab Emirates / Uzbekistan / Vietnam / Yemen


Any nature photograph in any of the five categories listed below taken in Asia.



Wild animals (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc.—birds should be entered in the bird category) photographed within their natural habitat anywhere in Asia.



Dramatic scenes and unusual perspectives of Asia’s wild places providing expansive views, as well as images of plant life such as flowers, trees, and other flora in their natural habitat. Please reference in your caption if your image was taken in a designated Wilderness Area.



The world of the sea photographed above, below, and around the ocean’s surface: tide pools, coral reefs, marine life, waves, landscapes, seascapes, and creatures who depend upon the ocean for survival. All shots must be from waters that border Asia.



Wild birds in their native habitats displaying plumage, mating rituals, territorial battles, nesting, feeding, parenting, or other behaviors, adults with young and portraits.


Small World

Close-up images of plants, animals, and miniature landscapes taken with micro/macro lenses.



High definition video has become an important tool in recording and sharing the wild. In addition to still captures, the editors at Nature’s Best Photography Asia are looking for views of nature and outdoor experiences through the eyes of videographers and filmmakers. Tell us your story, share your favorite experience, include clips of you or others in the field and the wildlife behavior you have observed.



The Junior category is open to anybody under the age of 18. The following types of photos can be entered: wildlife, landscapes, birds, oceans, small world, and video. The Junior category is not eligible for display at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, USA or cash prizes.



Grand Prize

USD $1,000, award plaque, photo displayed at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum.


Runner Up x 6

USD $500, award plaque, photo displayed at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum.


Category Highly Honored

Award plaque (Five highly honored from each category)



Prize TBD



Prize TBD



Junior category is not elegible for cash prize or exhibit at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum.



For each entry fee of $25 US dollars you may enter a total of 20 images.


A selection of Nature’s Best Photography Asia Category winners will be displayed in the annual Awards Exhibition at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, USA. They will also be displayed in exhibitions throughout Asia.


Nature’s Best Photography Asia winners will be invited to the annual Awards Ceremony at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, USA. Travel expenses are not included.


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Photographers their own copyright and enter Nature’s Best Photography Awards competitions of their own free will. As a condition of having a photograph selected as a winning image, photographers agree to a non-exclusive transfer of worldwide rights allowing Nature’s Best Publishing, LLC (NBP) and Nature’s Best Photography Asia (NBPA) the following uses including, but not limited to: publishing the image(s) in upcoming issues of Nature’s Best Photography and Nature’s Best Photography Asia magazine, calendar, postcards and other promotional item related to the contest; hanging the image(s) in public exhibitions; and displaying the image(s) on the NBP and other websites; and using the image(s) to promote NBP and NBPA competitions. Non-exclusive allows the photographer to market the image as they choose. NBP and NBPA do not restrict future sales of the image, rather NBP enhances opportunities to market the photograph as a Winner in a very prestigious competition. Many photographers have found their sales to increase based in part on their participation in NBP award competitions.

*Currently not accepted. 2020 contest opens January 2020.