2023 photo contest winners

Congratulations to all of our 2023 Photo Contest winners!

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to our annual contest. Keep snapping those Wisconsin nature shots and stay tuned for our 2024 Photo Contest later this year!

10th annual photo contest

Thank you to everyone who submitted to our 10th Annual Photo Contest!

We asked you to share your best photos of nature in Wisconsin with us: the landscapes you’ve explored, the wildlife you’ve spotted, and the outdoor adventures you’ve had. You did not disappoint!

Receiving over 600 submissions, our judges had their work cut out for them! Winners were announced in February.

We awarded special 10th Anniversary prizes for First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and People’s Choice.

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is dedicated to protecting the lands, waters, and wildlife that you cherish most. Thank you for being a part of our mission and letting us see our work through your lens.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a flower

People’s Choice: 2022 — Eastern Tiger Swallowtail by Janice Selfridge


We have extra big prizes this year for First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and People’s Choice!

First Place: Binoculars by Swarovski Optik ($1,032 value), plus your photo featured on the cover of an NRF publication

Second Place: Chinook 100 Inflatable Kayak by Aquaglide ($549 value)

Third Place: Canvas Print and $200 The Camera Company Gift Card ($300 total value)

People’s Choice: NRF Swag bag with hat, tee, sweatshirt, & more

In addition, all winners will receive a complimentary NRF membership, Foundation t-shirt, and their photo featured in our newsletter, Bridges. 

People’s Choice will be determined by popular vote from a selection of finalists.


2022 Photo Contest Prizes

Submission Guidelines

DEADLINE: November 1st, 2023 at 11:59 pm

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS: Photos must be submitted as high resolution JPEG files (200+ dpi). Maximum file size 20 MB. Minimum file size 2 MB. Minimum image size 2048 pixels (tall or wide). Vertical or horizontal in orientation (Note: some images may be cropped to fit format). Photo cannot be over three years old. No watermarks please.

PHOTO RIGHTS: Entrant must hold all rights to the photograph, must receive permission from any people featured in the photo prior to submitting.

NOTE: By submitting your photos, you give the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin permission to use them in publications, promotions, and on social media (we always credit the photographer).

You do not need to be an NRF member to submit a photo.

goldfinch on sumac

First Place: 2021 — Goldfinch on Sumac by Andy Raupp


For the first time ever, we are welcoming TWO guest judges! Marci Lanois and Thomas Meyer will join a panel with NRF staff to select the winning photos.

Marci Lanois

Winner of NRF’s 2022 Photo Contest and longtime wildlife photographer

First Place: 2022 — Momma Fox & Kit by Marci Lanois

Thomas Meyer

Longtime NRF Field Trip leader, avid photographer, and retired conservation biologist with the Wisconsin DNR’s State Natural Areas Program

Thomas Meyer holding a leopard frog
Photo Contest winner, a momma fox and kit standing on snowy ground

Snapper Prairie SNA by Thomas Meyer.

(Below) Second Place: 2022 — Belted Kingfisher by Andy Raupp





2022 Contest Winners

Banner photo by Dave Moffat.