In November we revealed a subset of the Top 250 images from our annual photo competition, reminding the world that being in nature—and even simply looking at images of nature—reduces anxiety and stress. This month we’re unveiling more wow-worthy images by some of North America’s most accomplished nature photographers.
The images featured below are winners in the Top 100 of the 2021 NANPA Showcase. The Top 24, including Best in Show awards, will be published in mid-December.
Showcase is an annual photo competition that recognizes the best nature images produced by NANPA members, including both hobbyists and professional photographers. More than 3,750 images were submitted to the 2021 competition earlier this fall.
2021 Showcase Top 100, Scapes
The “Scapes” category encompasses landscapes, plantscapes, seascapes, atmosphere, weather, and more.
2021 Showcase Top 100, Birds
Birds have long been a favorite subject for nature photographers, and Showcase is rich with examples why. From birds-in-flight and feeding behavior to nesting and territorial disputes, the winning images prove both beautiful and informative.
2021 Showcase Top 100, Mammals
This category includes all types of mammals, including marine mammals.
2021 Showcase Top 100, Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife
This category 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.
2021 Showcase Top 100, Altered Reality
The unconventional “Altered Reality” category may be confusing to some. All images in this category are designated as “photo illustrations,” indicating that they display a change in natural color, form, shape or any combination of these that deny the photographic process. The images haven been enhanced or transformed beyond the way the subjects appear in nature.
2021 Showcase Top 100, Conservation
The conservation category was added to Showcase in 2020 and recognizes images that illustrate a conservation issue—positive or negative—and the value of conserving a species, place, or ecosystem for the benefit of wild and/or human communities. Entries in this category cannot be designated as photo illustrations—nothing added, removed, or altered. Click on an image below to view it in full.
NANPA’s annual Showcase competition began in 2005. In 16 years, the competition has recognized more than 800 of North America’s most accomplished nature photographers. Nearly 2,500 photographers have entered the competition during that time.
Winning images are published each year in NANPA Expressions, a full-color journal that also includes articles on a wide variety of topics within nature photography, written by nature photographers fornature photographers. NANPA members can access free digital editions of Expressions dating back to 2011 in the Members Area of nanpa.org.
Past digital and print editions of Expressions are also available for sale. The new 2021 edition will be released in late winter.
Come back to nanpa.org on December 16 to see the 2021 Showcase Top 24 prize-winning images.