Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

The Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2019 is open for nature photographers worldwide, both professional and non-professional, young and old. The competition for the category young photographers is open for youngsters who have not yet turned 18 on 1st September 2019.
Members of the organisation of Nature Talks/Nature Photographer of the Year and members of the jury are not allowed to participate. Images that are submitted may be taken all over the world.

Competition rules
All images must be made in unrestricted nature. Images of pets, captive animals and cultivated plants are not permitted. Large grazers (cat 8) and wild animals within extensive grazing or safety fences are considered wild and free.
All images must show respect for the subject and the environment. Images that were made while disturbing or damaging the animal or environment are not permitted. On suspicion of disturbance or damaging nature the image will be excluded from participation.

The Nature Photography of the Year Contest 2019 consists of ten categories for individual images (adults), a category for young photographers and the Nature Talks Fred Hazelhoff Award for a portfolio.
Group-Role “Standard” 25 euro
C1 Birds
C2 Mammals
C3 Other animals
C4 Plants and Fungi
C5 Landscapes
C6 Underwater
C7 Natural Art
C8 Man and Nature
C9 Black & White
C10 Landscapes of “De Lage Landen”
Group-Role “Young” Free of charge
C11 Youth 10-17 years
Group-Role “Portfolio” 15 euro
C12 Fred Hazelhoff Award (portfolio)


The Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award
The Fred Hazelhoff Award is for photographers who send in a coherent portfolio of minimum 8 and maximum 12 images. These can be linked in subject or in the photographers style.


In each category the jury will determine a winning image, a runner-up and 3 highly commended photos. The winners of a category will receive € 500 in prize money (in cash). The runner-ups will win prizes worth € 250 (in products). The highly commended photographers receive the honour and an encouragement. The winner of the youth category will receive a prize worth € 250 (in products). The runner-up in this category will receive a prize worth € 125 (in products).
The category winner of the Landscapes of “de Lage Landen” will win a long weekend stay in a Buitenleven vakanties vakantiewoning, a holiday home in a spectacular natural setting!
In addition, from the 10 category winners the jury will choose one overall winner who may call him- or herself Nature Photographer of the Year 2019. Next to the category prize, the overall winner will receive a prize to the value of € 2500 (in cash). In total the overall winner will get € 3000 in prize money (in cash)!
All awarded images will be shown in the exhibition at the Nature Talks Photo Festival. After traveling through The Netherlands and Belgium, the photos will be sent to the photographers.
Besides all these prizes, there is the Fred Hazelhoff Award for the best portfolio. The winner of this category receives a sum of € 1000 (in cash) as well as a trophy.
We will keep you continuously updated on the prizes on this site.
The award ceremony will take place during the Nature Talks Photo Festival 2019 on Saturday the 9th of November 2019 in the Reehorst in Ede, The Netherlands.

Registration, participation fees and entry deadline
Images can be sent in until September 1st 2019 23:59 hrs (GMT). Images can only be sent through the website.
You must select the Group-Role you wish to participate in by the registration form. You could take part in more than one “Group-Role” by using a different e-mail address for every “Group-Role”.
Group-Role “Standard”: categories C1 to C10. Images can be uploaded after the amount of 25 euros has been paid online.
Group-Role “Young”: category C11. Young photographers do not have to pay to enter the competition; they should not be 18 years on September 1st 2019.
Group-Role “Portfolio”: category C12. Images for this portfolio category can be uploaded after the amount of 15 euros has been paid online for the Fred Hazelhoff Award.
In total, 20 images may be submitted in for categories 1 – 10 with no maximum per category. Young photographers may send in 5 images maximum.
For the Fred Hazelhoff Award 8-12 photos may be submitted.

Please include your mobile phone number in the field ‘Contact Phone’, when registering.

Images that have already received prizes or awards in prestigious international competitions or have repeatedly been published in leading nature magazines or wildlife magazine are excluded from this competition.
Permitted are images from digital cameras (digital images) as well as high quality scans of transparencies and negatives. Analogue images will not be accepted.
After a pre-selection, the jury will check the authenticity of digital images by referring to the original image files. In case of scans, the original analogue transparency or negative can be consulted.
As original image files, we accept all RAW files (e.g. *.NEF, *.CRW, *.CR2, *.PEF) and original JPEGs. Only JPEG and DNG files straight out of the camera are accepted as originals.

Permitted editing techniques
The following editing techniques are allowed:
1.General adjustments, such as contrast, saturation, sharpness, white balance, shadows/highlights, digital graduated grey filter and local adjustments (such as dodge and burn) and removal of vignetting, only if done with moderation and retaining the original character of the image.
2.Removal of chromatic aberrations and lens distortion.
3.Removal of sensor spots.
4.Cropping, as long as you keep a high resolution image with at least 3000 pixels on the longest side.
5.Multiple exposures provided the image is constructed inside the camera itself
6.Panoramas straight out of the camera or stitched with software outside the camera are both allowed on the condition that individual photos are shown to the jury when demanded
7.HDR manipulation and focus stacking via software outside the camera, provided these techniques are used with moderation and do not compromise the natural character of the image.
8.Black and white rendition.

The following techniques are not allowed:
1.Addition of elements in the image.
2.Removal of elements in the image other than sensor spots or disturbing elements bigger than 3 % of the image.
3.Frames, watermarks or names in the photos. The jury will exclusively judge photos that are anonymous and show no name or personal watermark in the image.
4.Overall, manipulated images that are clearly exaggerated will be disqualified.

File requirements
Preview images (the initial uploads) must be 1920 pixels on the longest side (moderate sharpening allowed) and the JPG file must weight a minimum of 125kb and maximum of 2000kb (2MB).
High resolution and RAW files must be available at the jury’s request. These must be suitable for large format printing (e.g. 80 x 120 cm) and must have Adobe RGB or sRGB colours. Do not interpolate and only use moderate sharpening.
Not a single reference to the photographers name must be found on the images or in the file name.

Files names
1.File names must begin with a category number C1, C2, C3 etc. and the title of the photo.
2.File names must not contain any special characters (e.g. “#” or “<>”) or punctuation (e.g. “!”, “?” or “.”).
3.No umlauts, these must be replaced by “ae”, “oe”, “ue”. Spaces must be replaced by underscores ( _ line at the bottom).
4.File name extensions must be separated by a dot (.) and may not be any longer than 4 characters.
An example of a good file name: C2_Fox_and_young.jpg
5. When a special technique was used, the file name must be expanded with an “S” for scan, “MF” for multiple exposure, “HDR” for a High Dynamic Range technique, “P” for Panorama photos and “FS” for Focus Stacking.
An example of a good file name: C5_Woods_in_Spain_P-HDR.jpg (Panorama and HDR photo)
6.Photos of animals who have been limited in freedom or in movement during or after taking photos must be indicated by a capital “C” (=captive).
Example: C2_Bat_C.jpg