Nature Photography Day – June 15

Celebrating 15 Years of Discovery!

About Nature Photography Day

Enthusiasm for Nature Photography Day continues to grow—worldwide. 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 worldwide.

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.

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.

As in previous years, public service announcements (PSAs) will be 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.




Check back for the new 2020 media files


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 prizes. Check back for more information on the 2020 contest. 

See where your photography takes you!

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. Create a simple video demonstration of your own and share it with friends or family members. 
  • 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. Make a tradition of photographing it on June 15 every year. 
  • 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:

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View Winning Images

What makes an award-winning image? View the gallery of winners from the 2019 NANPA Showcase Photo contest.

Enjoy a Nature Photography Video

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