Nature inFocus Photography Awards 2022

Think your images can make a difference? This is your chance to showcase your work on the biggest stage for nature, wildlife and conservation photography.
Submissions are now open.

Last Date – July 31, 2022

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More opportunities.

  • Tell us a powerful story in 6-10 images for the Photographer of the Year – Portfolio category
  • Submit up to 30 images – all in one category or across 5 categories
  • Young photographers can upload up to 15 images
Conservation Issues - Festival Nature Infocus

Photographer of the Year – Portfolio

A set of 6-10 images, the photo story should work together aesthetically and bring to light a pertinent issue or observation from the natural world

Conservation Issues - Festival Nature Infocus

Animal Portraits

Images that showcase an animal's portrait of its characteristics, physical or otherwise

Conservation Issues - Festival Nature Infocus

Animal Behaviour

Images that showcase an animal's behavioural traits and add to our understanding of the species

Conservation Issues - Festival Nature Infocus

Conservation Focus

Images that highlight manmade changes and destructive trends to natural environments or wildlife

Conservation Issues - Festival Nature Infocus

Creative Nature Photography

Images that showcase nature as an art form using a photographer's creative perspective

Conservation Issues - Festival Nature Infocus

Wildscape & Animals in their Habitat

Images that showcase the landscape that an animal inhabits and its natural environment

Conservation Issues - Festival Nature Infocus

Young Photographer

Images of nature and wildlife shot by photographers of and under the age of 17

Rewards
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Photographer of the
Year – Portfolio

1,00,000

Certificate

Trophy

4N/5D Stay at
Jamoon, Corbett's Hidden Treasure

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Winner
(3 per category)

50,000

Certificate

Trophy

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Jury Selection
(5 per category)

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Certificate

Plaque

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Finalist
(120 in total)

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Certificate

Goodie Bag

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Jury

Meet the experts
who will choose the
winning images

The Jury Curator is Nature inFocus
co-founder, Kalyan Varma.

Dhritiman Mukherjee

Wildlife Photographer

Dhritiman Mukherjee is one of the most respected nature, wildlife and conservation photographers from India. He is a recipient of Earth Heroes award from the Royal Bank of Scotland, for inspiring people towards conservation with his images. He was also awarded the Carl Zeiss Conservation award and Kirloskar Vasundhara Mitra award among many others. Dhritiman spends more than 280 days a year in the field and has been doing this for the last 20 years. He loves to work on challenging, less-done endangered species and has worked all over India and in 35 countries across the world. His work has been published in BBC Wildlife magazine, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, New York Times, Nature inFocus and more. He is also one of the authors of the book 'Magical Biodiversity of India' and a co-founder of Saevus, a nature and wildlife magazine from India.

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Andy Rouse

Wildlife Photographer

Andy Rouse is a positive-thinking, professional wildlife photographer and animal hugger who advocates the benefits of nature and photography for mental health and well-being. Throughout 2020, he inspired countless thousands of people worldwide with his motivational social media posts, Youtube videos and ideas about working with local wildlife. Andy has won over 30 awards for his photography and supports conservation causes worldwide. He is a recipient of the Cherry Keaton Medal from the Royal Geographical Society for his services to wildlife photography. He has a special passion for India, specifically, Ranthambhore. He shoots with the Olympus camera system and loves the amazing tech and super lightweight kit, which allows him to take world-class imagery that inspires others to love nature and photography like he does. Away from photography Andy’s family is the most important thing in his life, as are his close friends and his obsession with West Ham Utd and 70’s disco music. When he hears the beat he just wants to throw some shapes but fortunately, for all of us, it’s usually in private!

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Dhritiman Mukherjee

Wildlife Photographer

Dhritiman Mukherjee is one of the most respected nature, wildlife and conservation photographers from India. He is a recipient of Earth Heroes award from the Royal Bank of Scotland, for inspiring people towards conservation with his images. He was also awarded the Carl Zeiss Conservation award and Kirloskar Vasundhara Mitra award among many others. Dhritiman spends more than 280 days a year in the field and has been doing this for the last 20 years. He loves to work on challenging, less-done endangered species and has worked all over India and in 35 countries across the world. His work has been published in BBC Wildlife magazine, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, New York Times, Nature inFocus and more. He is also one of the authors of the book 'Magical Biodiversity of India' and a co-founder of Saevus, a nature and wildlife magazine from India.

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Karthikeyan S

Chief Naturalist, Jungle Lodges & Resorts

Karthikeyan S, known to most as Karthik, is the Chief Naturalist at Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd. He has about four decades of experience in teaching various age groups about nature. He brings an insight into the lesser known organisms and strives to create awareness about them. He also runs the popular JLR Naturalists Training Programme. Karthik was conferred the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award in March 2013.

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Neha Dara

Business Head, RoundGlass Sustain

Neha Dara is the business head of RoundGlass Sustain, a treasure trove of stories on India’s natural world. She has been a travel writer and editor for most of her career and has a keen interest in sustainability and responsible tourism. At Sustain, she and her team are working to inspire a sense of wonder in India’s wildlife and habitats while supporting conservation and building a compassionate community.

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Prasenjeet Yadav

National Geographic Photographer

Prasenjeet Yadav is a molecular biologist turned photographer. He combines his research experience with his photography skills to popularise ecological and conservation sciences to the larger public. Prasenjeet collaborates with researchers, administrators and conservationists to create impactful stories. He is a contributing photographer for National Geographic, The New York Times, NPR, Wired, among others.

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Dr Vidya Athreya

Director and Head of Science and Conservation, WCS-India

Dr Vidya Athreya is the Director and Head of Science and Conservation at WCS-India. She obtained her MS in Ecology from Pondicherry in 1993 and MSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Iowa in 2000. She then got her doctorate from Manipal University in 2012 for her thesis, ‘Conflict resolution and leopard conservation in a human-dominated landscape’. Based in Pune, Vidya has been studying the human-leopard conflict in Maharashtra for the past decade. She also works closely with Protected Area managers and the public to mitigate conflict involving big cats. A member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, she has assisted in formulating state and national level policy guidelines on managing human-leopard conflict. Vidya’s research has increased awareness of large carnivores outside Protected Areas in India. Vidya was awarded the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award in 2011, T N Khoshoo Memorial Award in 2012 and the Maharana Udai Singh Award in 2013.

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Kalyan Varma - Jury Curator

Wildlife Photographer and Filmmaker

Kalyan Varma is a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, naturalist and explorer specializing in environmental issues in India. He freelances with many of the world's leading magazines, environmental NGOs and television networks like the National Geographic and BBC. He is one of the founders of Nature inFocus.

Gallery

Browse through the impressive repertoire of winning images from the previous editions

Nature inFocus Photography Contest – 2022

Contest Rules and Guidelines – Terms & Conditions

Everything you need to know before you submit your images.

  1. Submissions are open from Sunday, April 24, 2022, till Sunday, July 31, 2022.
  2. The contest will close at 11:59 PM (India Time – UTC + 05:30) on Sunday, July 31, 2022.
  3. Submissions can be made only via the contest website: festival.natureinfocus.in
  4. Write to us at [email protected] for any queries or issues. Before you write to us, please refer to our FAQ section. We are sure you will find quick answers to some common queries.
  5. There are 6 categories for adult participants (above 17 years):
    • Animal Portraits
    • Animal Behaviour
    • Wildscape & Animals in their Habitat
    • Conservation Focus
    • Creative Nature Photography
    • Photographer of the Year – Portfolio
  6. A non-refundable registration fee of ₹1700 + 18% GST is applicable for adults for these 6 categories. All registered participants will receive a limited edition designer cap.
  7. One can upload up to 30 photographs in categories 1-5, with no restrictions on the number of images in each category. The participant can upload all 30 images in one category, or divide them across categories as they please.
  8. In category 6, Photographer of the Year – Portfolio, one can upload a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 images that tell a story about our natural world. The images have to work together as a set, both aesthetically and as a photo story, by focusing on a specific topic, theme or style.
  9. For the Young Photographer category, solely for participants who are 17 and under, a non-refundable registration fee of ₹750 + 18% GST is applicable. The participant can upload up to 15 photographs. All registered participants will receive a limited edition designer cap.
  10. For the final round of judging in the Young Photographers category, the organisers will contact the participants for documents to establish proof of age.
  11. The organisers will be allowed to all the photographs submitted to the contest in the promotion of the contest and the festival. Selected photographs from the submitted entries will also be shared across all social media channels of the organiser. For any other form of usage, the organisers will contact the photographer for permissions.
  12. The sponsor for the contest will have the right to use the photographs or any other data shared by the participant for one year and may engage the winning photographer for promotional activities.
  13. The winning images and selected images from the final shortlist may be exhibited at the Nature inFocus Festival in Bangalore and possibly at hosted or partnered events in other cities.
  14. The prize money is non-transferable and will be awarded to the participant after TDS deduction, if any.
  15. To transfer the prize money to international participants, the organisers will follow bank transfer and TDS instructions prescribed by the Indian government. The participants must provide the organisers any identification, paperwork or invoices that may be required to complete the transaction. Transfers may take upto three months.
  16. If there is a tie in any of the categories, the cash prize will be divided equally among the winners of said category.
  17. Cancellation and withdrawals are not allowed once the registration process is completed.
  18. Any disputes are subject to Bangalore jurisdiction only.

  1. Photographs that are submitted must have been taken in the last 5 years. The photographs can be shot anywhere in the world.
  2. We only accept digital photographs, in JPEG format, RGB mode, with a maximum of 1920 pixels (on the longer side).
  3. The photograph size should not exceed 2MB.
  4. A range of 72-100 dpi is recommended, to ensure that the images are under 2MB in size.
  5. Photographs with borders, frames, watermarks or signatures will be disqualified.
  6. Participants should not include their name in the caption, filename or on the image itself.
  7. For the Photographer of the Year – Portfolio, file names need to be assigned with a numerical order to establish the sequence, if any. Along with the main description of the portfolio, each of the photographs in the set will require individual captions.
  8. Cropping is allowed as long as the original message/content of the photograph is not altered drastically.
  9. Stitching of images is allowed only if the resulting image is a panoramic one, and this must be declared in the caption.
  10. Black and white images can be submitted in any category.
  11. Basic retouching (brightness, saturation, sharpening, contrast and white balance) of images is acceptable as long as the photograph retains its original form. Any image that appears drastically different from its RAW version will be disqualified.
  12. Once shortlisted, participants will be contacted to provide the accompanying RAW file. All information regarding post-processing of the image must be shared on request. If the image was not shot in a RAW format, the original, unprocessed JPEG file will need to be shared.
  13. The jury may request the participant to share a series of RAW images – shot immediately before and after the shortlisted image – to establish authenticity. If the participant fails to provide these images upon request, the image will be disqualified.
  14. Each photograph will have to be accompanied by a relevant title and a detailed description.

  1. Participants must be mindful of the welfare of the animals they are photographing and ensure that no harm, injury or distress is caused to the animal or to the habitat in an attempt to secure the image.
  2. Participants are not permitted to submit images of farm animals, family pets or animal models.
  3. Images of nesting birds will not be accepted.
  4. Images of captive animals will not be accepted unless the said image has been shot with a specific purpose to portray issues regarding the treatment of the species.
  5. Images that have been captured using live bait will not be accepted. If any other forms of attraction have been used to secure the photograph, like birdseed, food or scent, details must be declared in the caption.
  6. Images where the photographer’s actions or presence has adversely affected the animal’s behaviour or put the animal in danger, will not be permitted. For example, images depicting aggressive behaviour of species like vine snakes, pit vipers or elephants charging could be disqualified at the jury’s discretion.
  7. Participants must not deceive the viewer or attempt to disguise and/or misrepresent the reality of the natural scene.
  8. Participants are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any applicable national or international legislation and for securing any relevant permits that may be required in the process of photography.
  9. If the organisers suspect that an entry has been achieved through cruel or unethical practices, the entry will be disqualified.
  10. Information supplied in the caption must be complete, true and accurate.
  11. The organising team, sponsors, and partners are not allowed to participate in the contest.
  12. Any breach of the ethical standards listed here will be considered a breach of the rules.

  1. The jury, comprising a group of renowned professionals in the fields of photography, publishing, wildlife, research and conservation, will select the winning images using the following criteria:
    • Creativity
    • Originality
    • Composition
    • Technical, Ethical and Artistic Considerations
  2. During the course of judging, the jury reserves the right to move entries from one category to another, where they consider it appropriate and applicable.
  3. The jury reserves the right to declare a tie in any of the prizes or change the number of prizes being awarded or not award any entry in a category.
  4. The organisers have the right to disqualify participants who approach the jury members in a deliberate attempt to influence or lobby, by discussing judging processes, enquiring details or requesting feedback prior to the announcement of results.
  5. Once the contest is closed for submissions, participants will only hear from the organisers if their image/s are shortlisted.
  6. Participants shortlisted for the final round of judging are contacted by the organisers in strict confidence. The participant shall not publicise this information in personal or public social networks. The organisers and jury have the right to withdraw a shortlisted image under such circumstances.
  7. The final results will only be revealed during the award ceremony, at the Nature inFocus Festival, either offline or online.

  1. Andy Rouse
  2. Dhritiman Mukherjee
  3. Karthikeyan S
  4. Neha Dara
  5. Prasenjeet Yadav
  6. Dr Vidya Athreya
  7. Kalyan Varma – Jury Curator

  1. Animal Portraits: Images that showcase an animal's portrait of its characteristics, physical or otherwise
  2. Animal Behaviour: Images that showcase an animal's behavioural traits and add to our understanding of the species
  3. Wildscape & Animals in their Habitat: Images that showcase the landscape that an animal inhabits and its natural environment
  4. Conservation Focus: Images that highlight manmade changes and destructive trends to natural environments or wildlife
  5. Creative Nature Photography: Images that showcase nature as an art form using a photographer's creative perspective
  6. Young Photographer: Images of nature and wildlife shot by photographers of and under the age of 17
  7. Photographer of the Year – Portfolio: A set of 6-10 images, the photo story should work together aesthetically and bring to light a pertinent issue or observation from the natural world

Categories 1-5 have 8 prizes each:

  • Winner – 3
  • Jury Selection – 5

Only one Winner will be declared for Category 6 (Photographer of the Year – Portfolio).

The cash prize for each of the categories will be:

  • Winner: ₹50,000
  • Jury Selection: NA
  • Photographer of the Year – Portfolio: ₹1,00,000

All finalists will receive a certificate and a special goodie bag.

The winner of the Photographer of the Year – Portfolio award will also get an exclusive 4N/5D stay at Jamoon, Corbett's Hidden Treasure.

Here is a quick reference for some of the questions you might have. But do read the Terms & Conditions of the contest for the nitty-gritty. In fact, we insist you do so before submitting your images.

 

If I face trouble with the submission process, whom should I contact for help?

You should be able to find the answers to most of your queries here. Please read through the FAQs before you contact us at [email protected].

I did not get a confirmation email after signing up. Why?

Please check your spam folder, sometimes we get grouped with the dirty bunch. Blasphemous, right!

Unable to log in, the password is not working. What do I do?

You need to go to the login page and generate a new password using your registered email ID. Again, make sure to check your spam folder, if you can’t find the email with the new password in your inbox.

Can I log in with last year’s login details?

We are new and improved this year. Of course, you have to sign up anew to be able to log in and participate.

Can I use the login details of the film contest to log in to the photography contest and vice versa?

The film and photography contests are independent of each other. We are delighted that you want to participate for both, but you will need to sign up separately for both.

When will I receive the cap?

The caps are made to order in limited quantities. They will be dispatched to you right after the contest comes to a close.

Ensure that the postal address you submit is full and accurate. We are not responsible for packages that go missing because of a wrongly-entered address.

I can’t find a submit button. Have my entries gone through?

There is no ‘Submit’ button for all categories except the Photographer of the Year – Portfolio. Your submissions get saved in our database as and when you upload them, so we did away with the submit button. We are cool like that. You have time until the contest closes at 11:59 PM (India Time – UTC + 05:30) on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, to review, modify and delete your entries. When the contest comes to a close, all the images on your upload page are automatically considered as your final submissions. Only for the Photographer of the Year – Portfolio category, you must click on the ‘Submit Photo Story’ button. Remember, you will lose all photo story data if you exit the page without submitting.

Is it mandatory to submit images in all the categories?

Of course, not! You can submit all your entries in just one category, if you so wish. However, we urge you to submit all of your best work, across categories.

Can I submit images of captive animals?

Unless you are trying to highlight a wildlife conservation issue, our answer is NO.

My image is very heavy in size and I don’t know how to reduce it to under 2MB.

Have you tried the ‘Save For Web’ option on Photoshop and Lightroom? You will also find tutorials online.

Why do you have a rule about the image being 72dpi?

We recommend 72dpi to restrict the image under 2MB. If you are able to achieve a low image size at a higher dpi value, please feel free to resize accordingly.

Why do you charge entry fees?

The modest participation fee covers the cost of bringing together an expert panel of judges to review and score each image, as well as submission administration costs and exhibition venue hire.

When does the contest close?

The contest will close when the clock strikes 11:59 PM (India Time – UTC + 05:30) on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Will the deadline be extended?

In 2020 and 2021, the closing dates coincided with the first and the second wave of the pandemic, forcing us to push the deadline by a month to give you more time to upload images. Hopefully, in 2022, such a situation will not arise. So the short answer is no, it will not be extended. Not even if you send us cake.

Once the contest is closed, can I review my entries?

No. You must finish reviewing your entries before the contest closes, at 11:59 PM (India Time – UTC + 05:30) on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Photos after upload seem to lose colour and brightness and the thumbnail preview looks different. Should I be concerned?

The photos you have uploaded are saved in their original form, without any changes or edits, directly in our database. What you see as thumbnails on the site are just low-resolution previews of the same images. The judges will not be looking at these previews, they will only be looking at the original files you submitted, that are now saved in our database.

Is cropping allowed?

Cropping is allowed as long as the original message/content of the photograph is not altered drastically.

Can I submit black and white images?

Yes, black and white images can be submitted in any category.

How will I know if my image is shortlisted?

While we would love to send Hedwig your way (and we are working on that), for now, we entrust this to our email servers. You will receive an email from us notifying you that your image/s have been shortlisted.

Will I hear from you if my image is not shortlisted?

Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to notify participants individually if their images haven’t been shortlisted.

Will you inform me in advance if I have won a prize?

While you won’t find out exactly what you have won (you are not Sherlock!), you will be informed if you are among the winners.

What should I write in the caption?

The caption should ideally ‘explain’ the photograph to the viewer. A simple trick to write a good caption is to describe the WHO-WHAT-WHY-WHERE-WHEN of the scene you have photographed. We frequently share submissions and winning images on our social media pages. Use #NiFPhotographyContest2021 to browse through the captions from our contest last year.

Can you give me an example of a photostory for the Photographer of the Year – Portfolio category?

Please click through these links for inspiration:

Following The Desert Fox | Nature inFocus

Speeding Trains And The Rising Death Toll | Nature inFocus

Along Land's End | Nature inFocus