NANPA Showcase Conservation Category

Get your conservation images ready to enter into NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition! New for this year, NANPA has added a sixth category for its annual members-only photo competition: conservation. Each entry in this category should illustrate a conservation issue – positive or negative – and the value of conserving a species, a place, an ecosystem, etc. for the benefit of wild and/or human communities.

A winning photo could be from a passionate amateur or a pro. It could be taken by anyone in the right place at the right time who recognized the impact of the situation or someone who has worked a long time on a conservation story. A winning image will be a combination of a single image and the context of that image.

A best in show, first runner-up and two judges’ choice winners will be awarded from this category, the same as other Showcase categories. Because of its specific nature, a separate panel of judges will choose the winning images for this category. Cash prizes (in addition to other elements of the prize packages) are awarded for this category just as other categories in Showcase.

To enter your photos beginning August 1st, login to the Members’ Area and click “Enter NANPA Showcase…

Meet the Conservation Category Judges

Karine Aigner –

Karine Aigner is a freelance environmental photojournalist and photo editor with more than nine years on staff at National Geographic. Karine’s photography focuses on the intersections of people and wildlife, and the conservation issues that surround them.  Her work has been featured in Nature Conservancy Magazine, National Geographic, Audubon, World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation and various other publications. Her editing clients also include Apple, WWF, Nat Geo, Nature Conservancy and various individual photographers.  Her work is represented by Nature Picture Library, Tandem Stills and Motion, and National Geographic Creative.


Amy Gulick –

© Amy Gulick

Amy Gulick is an award-winning nature photographer and writer, and a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. Her images and stories have been featured in Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife, Audubon and other publications. Her first book, Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest, is the recipient of an Independent Publisher Book Award. She has received numerous honors including the Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation, the Voice of the Wild Award from the Alaska Wilderness League, and both the Mission Award and Philip Hyde Grant Award from the North American Nature Photography Association. Her new book, The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind, celebrates the relationships among salmon and people in Alaska.Visit:

Boyd Norton –

© Scott Norton

A former nuclear physicist, Boyd Norton is known worldwide for his wilderness photography and environmental activism. His 17 books range in topic from African elephants and mountain gorillas to Siberia’s Lake Baikal, Alaskan and Rocky Mountain conservation. He’s lobbied for environmental protection in Russia’s Kremlin and testified before many U.S. Congressional hearings. Awards include Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. For 50+ years of conservation activism, Great Britain’s Outdoor Photography magazine named him “one of the 40 most influential nature photographers from around the globe.” He’s a founder and senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

Additional Information About the Conservation Category

  • What is a conservation image? A conservation image tells a story with an issue behind it. For the Showcase category, the story can be told by the image/caption combination.
  • The difference between a nature photograph and a conservation photograph is that a nature photograph is a lovely photo of a lovely flower. A conservation photograph is the same flower with a bulldozer in the background coming toward it.
  • This category is just for single image entries. Each entry should be a single image with a caption of up to 100 words, adding context to the conservation story it represents.
  • Ideally, there will be an element of impact beyond a typical beautiful photo. One shouldn’t have to read the caption to know there’s something different about it, but the words can add a full understanding about what’s going on.
  • Entries in the conservation category cannot be altered or designated photo illustration. Images for this category cannot be altered in any way that would require it to be designated Photo Illustration.
  • Entries in the conservation category should have an additional dimension beyond images entered in other Showcase categories. The category is not for pretty pictures and captions that force a story. A pretty picture might just belong in the pretty picture category.

Tips for Entries

  1. Write a caption that has impact and draws attention, whether it’s a positive or negative conservation story.
  2. An image, however, shouldn’t be forced into the category with a word-smithed caption. Caption thoughtfully, with respect for the visible content of the photo.
  3. An image should be well-captured and well-captioned for the strongest impact.
  4. Judges would like to see a layered shot with immediate impact. A conservation story is usually a series of images, but for a single image to be effective, it is layered and invites the viewer into the story.
  5. Conservation images can be hard photos that make the viewer upset, but they can also be positive or constructive or, simply, informative. The most important criterion is impact.
  6. Consider subjects big and small that reflect issues of concern. They can be subtle and still have impact illustrating a scene before, during or after a conservation issue.
  7. Conservation images aren’t just the gut-punch stories. Sometimes we become desensitized to those and simply turn away.
  8. A technically lacking image of an impactful situation may not score well enough to win. All of the Showcase criteria will be considered in judging: creativity, originality, impact and photographic skill.
  9. People can be represented in the photo as both humans and wildlife are affected by conservation stories either directly or indirectly.

To enter your photos, login to the Members’ Area and click “Annual NANPA Showcase Competition.

Additional Showcase Resources:

Showcase FAQs
Showcase Tips
Showcase Judging Process and Tips


For further information about Showcase 2020, contact the Showcase coordinator: