Nature Photography Day – June 15

2020 Photo Contest Winners

What is Nature Photography Day?

Each year, June 15 is designated by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images are used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes both locally and globally.

In 2006, NANPA celebrated the first Nature Photography Day and placed it in McGraw-Hill’s (now Rowman & Littlefield) reference work, Chase’s Calendar of Events. Many media and websites took notice. Since then, people throughout the North American continent, and overseas too, have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day. Enthusiasm for Nature Photography Day continues to grow—worldwide.

NANPA encourages people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. A backyard, park, or other place close by can be just right. 

Help Promote Nature Photography Day

Nature Photography Day is promoted through local and national media, businesses, photography clubs, and word of mouth by sharing the media and PDF materials provided here.

  • Public Service Announcements (PSAs) have been recorded for download and release to radio stations and websites.
  • We also encourage business owners, camera stores, and other organizations to post a flyer announcing Nature Photography Day; download yours below. 
  • New! Share or embed the Vimeo links below to get others excited about nature photography. 

Public Service Announcements

Promotional Videos


Enter NANPA’s Nature Photography Day Photo Contest

NANPA invites everyone to take photos of our natural world, then enter our contest for a chance to win great prize packages filled with goodies from Tamron, Cognisys, Think Tank Photo, Hunt’s Photo & Video, McKenna, Wimberley, Cotton Carrier, B&H Photo Video, Sigma, and more!

The 2020 Nature Photography Day Photo Contest has closed. SEE WHAT WE DID >

Stay connected to the natural world!

Here are some ideas to help you get started. 

  • Learn even more about the natural history of your environment: plants, wildlife, and land.
  • Encourage creativity among your family members. Refer them to books and online resources with suggestions on how to photograph flowers, birds, and more. 
  • Use your photos to tell important stories about nature. Find something that detracts from the natural world, showing images about how human beings sometimes adversely affect the environment.
  • If you teach online, ask your students to read about the experiences of nature photographers—legends of the past and today.
  • Remind your colleagues about Nature Photography Day and how images have been used to protect the natural world. If you have a website or blog, spread the news there too.
  • Even before June 15, get inspired by reading about the work of naturalists as well as pioneers in nature photography.
  • Pick something close to home that you’ve never photographed before, and make plans to photograph that subject or scene every June 15. 
  • Create a scavenger hunt for birds, butterflies, insects, rocks, and other natural sights likely to be close to you. But don’t just list what you’ve found. Take photos!
  • Finally, ask yourself how your images can help to bring positive changes to your world.

How will you celebrate Nature Photography Day? Let us know: or tag us in your social media posts #NaturePhotoDay

Why do we love nature photography?

This 2-minute video captures the true passion of nature photography.