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2022 Photography Contest

Categories & Prizes

  • North American Wildlife:  Any wildlife species native to North America, including all wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc. ($100 First Prize and Photograph of the Year Designation).
  • Naturescapes:  Showcase the beauty of natural landscapes, such as lakes, sunsets, sunrises, forests, or mountain scenes, etc. ($50 First Prize).
  • Bugs and Blooms:  Close-up shots involving insects, flowers, plants, or any combination. ($50 First Prize).
  • People in Nature:  Photos involving people enjoying the great outdoors. ($50 First Prize).
  • Pets:  Any domestic pet species is allowed - cats, dogs, birds, horses, chickens, snakes, etc. ($50 First Prize).

The Northwoods Wildlife Center's annual Photo Gala wil once again be held in person at the Campanile Center for the Arts, in downtown Minocqua on February 11, 2023.



This is an amateur contest. Photographers that receive greater than 25% of their annual income through photography, or consider themselves professionals, are ineligible. Watermarks on the photos are prohibited. Northwoods Wildlife Center retains the right to remove entries that are in violation of contest rules. 

Ethical Photography

The following situations are unethical and will be ineligible, and, if submitted, will be disqualified at NWC's sole discretion: 

  • Wildlife appears to be stressed or harassed by the photographer.
  • Nocturnal wildlife photographed with a flash at night.
  • Wildlife photographed by, or with, drones. 
  • Wildlife lured with bait for the sake of a photo.

Voting & Judging

Public voting will take place through the PollUnit website, as we will provide a link on our website and Facebook page for access to voting.


Voting will begin Friday February 25th at 9 a.m., and will close Friday, March 11th by 5pm

Voting dates were changed to allow us time to assure that all photos were downloaded effectively onto our polling site. No new photos were accepted after February 11th.

The top 3 finishers in each category will be e-mailed a certificate of accomplishment following the close of the People's choice voting. The top 4 North American Wildlife photographs are then eligible for the Photograph of the Year designation. A panel of judges will make the Photograph of the Year selection based on criteria of creativity and photo quality. 

Photographer's Release

You retain the rights to your images. By submitting a photograph, you acknowledge that you are the sole owner of the photograph. You permit Northwoods Wildlife Center to use your photograph in the Center's publications, website, press releases, social media, advertising, displays, educational materials, and other marketing and fundraisers.

Entry Information

Click on the button below to enter your photograph, along with all required information. Maximum file size is 10 megapixels per photo. File types accepted are JPG, JPEG, and PNG. 

The cost to enter is $15 per photo, and payment can be made online when submitting photos, or you can mail a check. (NWC, 8683 S. Blumenstein Rd., Minocqua, WI 54548).

Entries are due by midnight on Monday, February 1, 2021.