3Invitation Photo Contest NPOTY 2023

The Nature Photographer of the Year 2023 is open to wildlife photographers worldwide. Amateurs and professionals, young and old, everyone is very welcome! We will start on December 20th, 2022 with the contest.

This year we have a special category: Nature of the Lowlands. Only photos of nature in Belgium and the Netherlands may be submitted for this category. The category is sponsored by Buitenleven Vakanties, and the main prize is a weekend stay in one of their beautiful holiday homes in the middle of nature!

For all other categories, the submitted images may have been taken anywhere at any time. There are great cash prizes to be won. Moreover, all winning photos, runner-ups, and highly commended photos will also be included in the Nature Photographer of The Year 2023 exposition. The exhibition will be opened during the Nature Talks Photo Festival in Breda and will then travel around the Netherlands and Belgium for a year. You will receive your exhibition photo at the end of the year.

We donate a percentage of the proceeds from the participation fees to various small-scale nature conservation projects. So in addition to winning fantastic prizes, you also directly support nature.

Are you considered an emerging talent in nature photography and are you under 18 or older on Sunday, July 18th, 2023? Then you may participate in our youth category for free. Register quickly and compete for the youth prize of 250 euros in photo products. In addition to this fantastic cash prize, your winning photo will also shine at the next Nature Photographer of The Year exhibition.

The organization of Nature Talks Photo Festival and the jury will be excluded from participation.

Categories Nature Photographer of The Year 2023

The Nature Photographer of the Year contest 2023 consists of 13 categories:

C1       Birds
C2       Mammals
C3       Other animals
C4       Plants and Mushrooms
C5       Landscapes
C6       Underwater
C7       Nature art
C8       Humans and Nature
C9       Black & White
C10     Animal portraits
C11     Nature of the Lowlands

C12     Youth 10-17 years
C13     Fred Hazelhoff Award (portfolio)

Fred Hazelhoff Award is meant for photographers who can provide a coherent portfolio of 8-12 images. This can be in connection with the subject or style of the photographer. 

Fred Hazelhoff (July 15, 1925 – January 31, 2002) was one of the most influential Dutch nature photographers. He is considered the Nestor and founder of modern Nature photography in the Netherlands. He showed a great affection for red deer and other wildlife, but in later life he developed mainly as a landscape photographer. He inspired many generations of nature photographers and thus contributed to the development of nature photography. Hazelhoff studied graphic design and photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and worked as an art director for various companies. Fred Hazelhoff’s photography was purchased by, among others, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Print Room of Leiden University Library

We are very pleased that, with the approval of the family of Fred Hazelhoff, we can present this award. The award is not given for a single photo, but for a portfolio. Many categories are on one winning image, but now it is a coherent portfolio in which the photographer shows that he or she is consistent in style and quality.

Award ceremony Nature Photographer of The Year

The award ceremony will take place during the Nature Talks Photo Festival 2023 in the beginning of November. For each category, the jury will choose a category winner, a runner-up, and 3 highly commended programs. All photos chosen by the jury will be on display in the Nature Photographer of the Year 2023 exhibition. The exhibition is provided by PLM Photo (sponsor), they will print and finish all photos in large format. The exhibition will be opened during the Nature Talks Photo Festival 2023 and will then travel for a year to museums, companies, and public spaces in the Netherlands and Belgium. The next year, all winners will receive their exhibition photos at home.  

The category winners will win a cash prize of 500 euros. The runner-ups win product prizes worth 250 euros. The highly commended is primarily an honor and encouragement to the photographer. The winner of the youth category will receive a product prize of 250 euros. The runner-up of the youth category will receive a product price of 125 euros. 

From the category winners of categories 1 – 12, the jury will choose an overall winner who can call itself Nature Photographer of the Year 2023. In addition to the category prize won, the overall winner will win the main prize of 2,500 euros in cash. With this, the overall winner has won a cash prize of 3,000 euros!

The winner of the portfolio category Fred Hazelhoff Award will win a cash prize of 1,000 euros and the prestigious Fred Hazelhoff cup.

Submission Photo Contest

The submission deadline starts on December 20th, 2022, and ends on Sunday, July 18th, 2023 at 11:59 PM CEST TIME.

Submissions are only possible through the website http://www.naturephotographeroftheyear.com. Uploading the images is only possible after an amount has been paid online. Except for the youth category, this is free.

All images must be taken in nature. Photos of pets, captive animals, and cultivated plants are not allowed. Large grazers (category 8) and wild animals within extensive grazing or safety grids are considered free and wild. All images show respect for the subject and the environment. Images created by disturbance or damage to the environment are not permitted. In case of serious suspicion of disturbance or damage, the image is excluded from participation.

For the competition terms and rules, please refer to the competition website Naturephotographeroftheyear.com. Entries that do not comply with all or part of the Nature Photographer of the Year contest terms and conditions will be excluded from the contest. By submitting images to the Nature Photographer of the Year Contest, the entrant agrees to the contest terms and rules.


Jury NPOTY 2023

De Jury consists of:
Marco Gaiotti, ITA, photographer
Tin Man Lee, US, photographer 
Myriam Dupouy, FR. photographer
Karin Van Couwenberg, BE, photographer
Stefan Gerrits, NL/FI, photographer

Contact and information

Nature Photographer of the Year Nature Talks contest
Boegbeeld 18
1671 TB Medemblik
KVK 66589711
BTW NL856621584B01
+31 (0)345 246009