NANPA Showcase 2020

How do your images stack up against the best of the best? Start planning your next shot for the 2020 NANPA Showcase Competition.

Enter the NANPA Showcase 2020 competition for prizes, national exposure, bragging rights, and recognition as the best in the nature photography industry. Images will be selected by a jury panel of industry notables.

Submissions for the NANPA Showcase 2020 are now being accepted through September 16 (11:00pm, EDT), 2019. All submissions must be digital and will be uploaded via the NANPA website.

The entry fee is $10 per image (or 6 images for $50). Images must be submitted and paid in groups of 6 to get the special rate (6 for $50, 12 for $100, etc.) There is no limit to the number of images a NANPA photographer may enter. You must be a NANPA member to participate in the Showcase competition. New this year is a sixth category for entries: conservation images.


Image Categories:

New this year! Conservation – Images illustrate a conservation issue – positive or negative – and should illustrate the value of conserving a species, a place, an ecosystem, etc. for the benefit of wild and/or human communities. The subject/description wording should support the conservation aspects of the image. For more information on this special category see the Showcase Conservation Category page.

Mammals – Includes all mammals, land and sea

Birds – Includes all birds

Scapes – Includes landscape, plantscape, seascape, atmosphere, weather, etc.

Macro, Micro, and All Other Wildlife – Includes images of non-bird, non-mammal wildlife as well as close-ups of any subject. Close-ups are intimate views, tightly framed, or close examinations of subjects in nature.

Altered Reality – The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these. It must be enhanced or transformed beyond the way the subject appears in nature.

NANPA Showcase Prize Packages
(winners may opt-out of any part of the prize packages)

Cash prizes will be given out for each of the five categories as follows:

$350 – Best of Show in each category
$250 – 1st Runner-up in each category
12 Judges’ Choice awards of $200 each will be given to images highly ranked across all categories

Top 250 Prize Package includes:

  • Image included in Expressions and photographer receives a printed copy of Expressions
  • Image included in a searchable image gallery on the NANPA website
  • Opportunity to be included in NANPA promotional materials

Top 100 Prize Package includes:

  • Image included in Expressions and photographer receives a printed copy of Expressions
  • Image included in a searchable image gallery on the NANPA website
  • Opportunity to be included in NANPA promotional materials
  • Featured on the NANPA home page slideshow and promoted through social media throughout 2020

Top 24 Prize Package includes:

(Best of Show, 1st Runner-up and Judges’ Choice from each category)

  • Image included in Expressions and photographer receives a printed copy of Expressions
  • Image included in a searchable image gallery on the website
  • Featured on the NANPA home page slideshow and promoted through social media throughout 2020
  • Included in a press release sent out to major photography media outlets
  • Opportunity to be included in NANPA promotional materials
  • Image of the Day on NANPA’s Instagram page (optional, with photographer’s express permission)
  • Featured in Winner’s Spotlight on the NANPA blog
  • Eligible for Portfolio Display on NANPA’s website up to 20 images
  • Eligible for Featured Photographer section of NANPA’s website

NANPA Showcase Winners Earn the Spotlight

Expressions – This prestigious, high-quality journal displays the very best photographs selected from thousands of submissions. Expressions is distributed to more than 3,000 NANPA members and photo buyers electronically.

Image of the Day – NANPA’s Instagram page (@nanpapix) highlights member images which include photographer’s contact information. Note: Instagram participation is optional – Winners will be contacted about participating in Instagram promotions.

Winner’s Spotlight – Q&A feature on NANPA’s blog.

Portfolio Display – NANPA’s website features a professional portfolio display of Showcase winner’s images (up to 20).

Featured Photographer – NANPA’s website spotlights winning Showcase photographer’s including biography information, headshots, and website links.

National Exposure – NANPA partners with other photography media outlets throughout the year to raise the appreciation, visibly, and rights of nature photography.

Conservation Category Entry Tips
Showcase FAQs
Showcase Rules

Showcase Tips
Showcase Judging Process and Tips

Our Showcase 2020 Jury Panel
The judges listed below will judge entries in the standard 5 Showcase categories. A separate panel of 3 judges who focus on conservation photography will judge the conservation category entries. Those judges are Karine Aigner, Amy Gulick and Boyd Norton. View information on our conservation category judges.   

Daisy Gilardini – Daisy Gilardini is a conservation photographer who specializes in the polar regions, with a particular emphasis on Antarctic wildlife and North American bears. She is from Switzerland originally, and is now based in Vancouver, Canada. Gilardini’s images have been published internationally in leading magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, Nature’s Best and Outdoor Photography. Her images have also been used by high-profile NGOs such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund, among others. Since 2018, she has been a photographer in residence with Canadian Geographic. Her work has been recognized by some of the world’s most prestigious photography awards, including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photography of the Year and the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards. To learn more about Daisy and her work, please visit

Pat, Tom and Scout © Laura Leeson

Team of Tom & Pat Leeson – Tom and Pat Leeson, one of the earliest husband and wife wildlife photography
teams in the USA, are master visual storytellers for wildlife. Their passion is capturing intimate and in-depth wildlife behavior, recording key behaviors in every season and compiling a complete story package on each species. These story packages appear regularly in wildlife publications and books around the world. They worked in partnership with National Geographic Society, National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, BBC, GEO magazines (German, USA, and Korean) as well as with numerous corporate clients including Nikon, Nike, American Airlines, Boeing. In their 45 years in the field, they created more than 30 books for children and numerous large-format photobooks. Their highly awarded, limited-edition book, THE AMERICAN EAGLE, became a Presidential Gift of State when it was presented to Queen Elizabeth by President George H. Bush at the White House. Tom and Pat received a NANPA Fellow Award in 2004 and named Photographer of the Year in 2016 by Ranger Rick Magazine.

Photo by Kathryn Vincent Lepp

George Lepp – One of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging, George Lepp is the author of many books and hundreds of nationally and internationally published articles about the creative, ethical, and technical aspects of nature photography. He is field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his “Tech Tips” column is widely read. His photography is extensively published and exhibited, and represented by Getty Images, Corbis, AgStock, and Photo Researchers. Lepp is one of the first members of Canon USA’s Explorers of Light program, featuring the industry’s most influential photographers. He has presented hundreds of lectures and led workshops all over the world, and often serves as a judge of international photography competitions. A founder and fellow of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), Lepp has won many awards for his work, including Photo Media’s Photography Person of the Year and the Photographic Society of America’s prestigious Progress Award. First trained in wildlife and wildlands management, Lepp later earned a BA and honorary MSc from Brooks Institute of Photography. George and his wife and collaborator, Kathryn Vincent Lepp, live in Bend, Oregon and can be contacted at