Nature Photography Day- June 15

NANPA Celebrated 12 Years of Nature Photography Day on Thursday, June 15, 2017


About Nature Photography Day

A dozen years later, enthusiasm for Nature Photography Day has grown worldwide. This day is designated by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.

In 2006, NANPA celebrated the first Nature Photography Day and placed it in McGraw-Hill’s reference work, Chases’s Calendar of Events. Many media and websites took notice. Since then, people throughout the North American continent–from overseas, too–have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day.

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. Walking, hiking, and riding a bike to take photos are activities that don’t lead to a carbon footprint. And fresh air can do wonders for the spirit!

Nature Photography Day Photo Contest

NANPA invited everyone to take photos of our natural world then enter this contest for a chance to win great prizes. Learn more now.










Help Promote Nature Photography Day

Nature Photography Day is promoted through local and national media, businesses, photography clubs, and word of mouth by sharing these audio and pdf materials. As in previous years, public service announcements (PSAs) have been recorded for release to radio stations and websites. We also encouraged business owners, camera stores, and other organizations to post a flyer announcing Nature Photography Day.

Audio Announcements Signage
30-second PSA (Download MP3 file)

(Click to download/print)
(PDF version)

60-second PSA (Download MP3 file)

See where your photography takes you!

-Learn even more about the natural history of your environment: plants, wildlife, and land.

-Encourage creativity among your kids, grandkids, and other young photographers. Show them 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, ask your students to read about the experiences of nature photographers—legends of the past and today.

-Photo club members: 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 that you’ve never photographed before, and then make plans to photograph that subject or scene every June 15.
– Take your kids and grandkids on a nature trek, and show them how to photograph trees, flowers, birds, and more. Then print some of their photos and present them, in a mat or frame, to those young photographers.
– Why not experiment? Look for something that detracts from the beauty in nature–images that show how human beings sometimes adversely affect our environment.
– 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:

Join the Nature Photography Facebook Group

Discussions completely focused on nature photography including but not limited to wildlife, landscape, underwater, macro, weather and night sky images.

Tag Your Nature Photos- #nanpapix

Enjoy, experience and view an amazing collection of nature photography images on Instagram. Follow

Attend a Nature Photography Workshop or Tour

Over 200 nature photography workshops and tours are listed in the NANPA Member Events Calendar. Look for an opportunity in your area or make plans for a great get-away.

Subscribe to a Nature Photography Blog

Sign up to get nature photography information, resouces and news delivered to your email for free.

Read Nature Photography Articles

Learn more about nature photography from other nature photographers.

View Winning Images

What makes an award winning image? View a gallery of winners from the 2017 NANPA Showcase Photo contests.

Enjoy a Nature Photography Video

Why do we love nature photography? This 2 minute video captures the true passion of nature photography- Connecting the Photography Community.