NANPA Showcase 2021

Is it your images’ turn to shine?

Enter the 2021 NANPA Showcase 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 three industry notables.

The entry window for the 2021 Showcase is now closed. We received 3,760 images from 393 photographers. All those who entered will be notified of their results on or before November 1, 2020

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.

Our 2021 Showcase Jury Panel

Ellen Anon, George Lepp, and Kevin Schafer will judge entries in the standard 5 Showcase categories (mammals, birds, scapes, altered reality, and macro/micro/all other wildlife). Learn more about these judges below.

A separate panel of 3 judges who focus on conservation photography will judge the conservation category entries: Helen Gilks, Doug Gimesy and Michele Westmorland. View information on our conservation category judges.

Ellen Anon is an internationally acclaimed photographer, writer, and speaker who specializes in expressive photography. Her images, most often based on nature, are sometimes realistic and sometimes abstract but always designed to elicit emotional reactions from the viewer. Her goal is to go beyond the ordinary in ways that hopefully stimulate others to pause and appreciate some of the beauty and wonder of our earth to help balance some of the stress of everyday life. Ellen has won recognition in numerous worldwide competitions including the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions. She has co-authored 9 books on photography and digital processing as well as numerous articles and video training materials and is currently developing a series of online photography courses based on her “See It” book. She is proud to be a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team/ Western Digital Ambassador.

George Lepp is one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging. He 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 Photography Association (NANPA), Lepp has won many awards for his work, including Photo Media’s Photography Person of the Year, the Photographic Society of America’s prestigious Progress Award, and NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement 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

Kevin Schafer is a professional natural history photographer, whose work has appeared in all of the most respected science and nature magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has written and photographed more than ten books, including Penguin Planet, which received the 2000 National Outdoor Book Award.  His groundbreaking story on Amazon River Dolphins was published by National Geographic in 2009.

Committed to putting his images to work for conservation, Kevin spent several years documenting threatened eco-regions around the world for the World Wildlife Fund. He is a past recipient of the Gerald Durrell award for Endangered Species photography by the BBC and was a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. In 2007, Kevin was named the Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by NANPA (the North American Nature Photography Association). He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, author Martha Hill, former picture editor of Audubon magazine.

Showcase Resources

For further information about Showcase, contact the Showcase Coordinator at

Contest Secrets

Get more tips and contest insights—that apply to NANPA’s Showcase as well as other photo competitions—in our free handbook, Contest Secrets: What to know before you enter a photo.

Prize-winning photo by Karen Schuenemann plus a selection of pages from free handbook titled CONTEST SECRETS: WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ENTER A PHOTO