National Wildlife Federation Launches 40th Annual Photo Contest

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The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has kicked off its 40th annual photo contest.  It's a wide open field available to professional photographers and even youth (13-17).  The two grand prize winners will net $5,000 a piece, but there's over $30,000 in cash and prizes to give away.

In each division - youth, amateur and pro - there are seven categories that you can enter.  Categories like mammals and birds are self explanatory, but there are a few oddballs in the mix.  Backyard Habitats, for example, is a category for wildlife photos taken "in your yard."  There's also a global warming category, which deals specifically with species and locations affected by climate change.

You can enter up to twenty-five photographs in each of the seven categories, so you can afford to take a few risks along with your safer submissions.  The NWF doesn't want pictures of pets, obviously, or of animals in game farms and roadside zoos.  Major zoos and wildlife preserves are just fine as long as the photos are marked.

There's a twenty dollar entry fee which also gets you a subscription to National Wildlife Magazine.  Cash prizes run from $400 to $5,000 and some contest winners will get their photos printed in the December 2010 issue of National Wildlife.  The submission deadline is July 6th.  Check out more info at their website: Link