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Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest

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Thank you to those who entered the 2020 Garden For Wildlife Photo Contest! The contest is now closed, check out the 2020 Winners.

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.

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

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Garden Media Group

National Garden Association

National Garden Bureau

National Garden Clubs

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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)