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    Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest

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    The 2020 Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest is now closed.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest. Winners will be announced in early 2021. 

    About the Contest

    The Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest seeks to illustrate the faces of Garden for Wildlife through striking, colorful images showcasing the impact of habitat gardens on wildlife and people–in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and on land, in the air, and in water.

    Check out the 2019 contest winners and honorable mention gallery.

    Photographs may be submitted in one of the following five categories:

    People in the Wildlife Garden

    rabbit eating a desert plant

    Close-Up Native Plants and Their Wildlife Visitors

    a monarch butterfly pupa on a metal fence

    Wildlife Observed Where People Live, Work, Play, Learn, and Worship

    flowers in front of bird bath and Certified Wildlife Habitat sign

    Certified Wildlife Habitat Landscapes

    American goldfinch on flowers in a meadow

    Young Habitat Photographers

    Photo Contest Winners

    Grand Prize (one winner): $1,000 cash prize
    Runner-Up (one winner): $500 cash prize
    Category Winners: One winner from each category will receive a $100 Botanical Interests gift certificate, a bird feeder and a copy of Wildlife Gardening: Tips for Four Seasons.
    Category Runner Up Winners: One winner from each category will receive a $40 Botanical Interests gift certificate.
    Honorable Mentions: Each will receive a $20 Botanical Interests, Inc. gift certificate

    Garden Photography Tips

    • Try not to use a flash. Natural light is best! 
    • Use shade to your advantage, especially when the sun is high, to help diffuse bright spots and glare.
    • Overcast weather is best to help reduce shadows.
    • Use a tripod for close-up shots to help avoid the blur caused by camera shake.

    Want more? Check out 10 tips to improve your wildlife photography.


    Many thanks to our promotional partners and supporters, dedicated to helping more Americans plant with a purpose by promoting the Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest!

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    Promotional Partners

    American Horticultural Society

    American Public Gardens Association

    Botanical Interests

    Garden Media Group

    National Garden Association

    National Garden Bureau

    National Garden Clubs

    Plants Map

    Image Credits: Children in Garden (Teri Brennan, Wild NYC); Adults in Garden (Palm Beach County, Florida); Monarch Pupa (Avalon Bristow); Rabbit (Sam Wharton); Garden Landscape (Mary Phillips); American Goldfinch (Nathan Rees)