Annual Photo Contest

1st Place winner Kathy Owen
Submit your photos taken at Iroquois NWR for our Annual Photo Contest!
Winners will be selected for 3 different categories: Wildlife, Habitat, and Youth Photographer.
Photo: by Kathy Owen, 6th Annual Contest 1st Place winner
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge 10th Annual Amateur Photo Contest

This year’s photo contest is dedicated in the memory of Kathy Owen.

The Photo Contest is now closed to new submissions. Stay tuned to find out who the winners were, and save your photos for when we open back up for the next contest!

View the photos from past contests

Cash Awards for Contest Winners:

1st place: $30
2nd place: $20
3rd place: $15
Honorable Mention: $10


Photos must be taken on the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Basom, New York, between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020Click here to see a map of the Refuge boundaries.

Photographers may enter only one (1) photo per category

  • Refuge Wildlife – mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles, etc. Refuge
  • Habitat/Scenery – depicts a view or views of natural features of a landscape, or an area or environment in which an animal or plant normally lives.
  • Young Nature Photographer – young photographers aged 14 years old and younger. Photo subject should be wildlife or habitat from Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

NOTE: Photographers over 14 yrs. of age may enter two (2) photos/ Wildlife and Habitat. Photographers 14 yrs. and under may enter a total of three (3) photos/ Young Nature Photographer (1), Wildlife(1), and Habitat(1). 

Official Contest Rules (photos may be disqualified if ANY of these rules are not followed) 

  1. Photographers must be non-professional
  2. All entries must be taken in public areas or during events at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. 
  3. Photographs must be in digital format. Please submit .jpeg/ .jpg images using the upload button in the form below.; the digital images will be judged as submitted. Both black & white and color photos are eligible. All digital entries should be accompanied by the signed contest entry form below. 
  4. All entries must be received by midnight August 31, 2020.
  5. When you include your signature on this form, you assign reproduction rights to the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of Iroquois NWR for the purpose of promoting and supporting the refuge. YOU will always maintain your copyright.

The photos and prizes will be awarded at the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Annual Meeting in November,2020

Reproduction Rights and Liabilities

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge reserves the right to use all entries for the purpose of promoting and supporting the national wildlife refuge without compensation to the photographer; however, the copyright will remain with the photographer. Credit and notification will be given to the photographer when possible. A signature on the registration form constitutes acceptance of these terms. All entries become the property of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Photographs taken at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge may not be commercially used without the refuge’s written consent. While extreme care will be taken in handling all entries, the refuge cannot be responsible for any damage to photographs.

By submitting your entry, you agree to all the contest rules listed above.

Once you press Submit, please allow several seconds for the form to validate and upload your photo.