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On the 20th of December 2021 we start NPOTY 2022.

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Timeline NPOTY 2021


Week 53, 2020


Opening NPOTY 2021
You can submit your best photos for NPOTY 2021.


Week 28, July 18th, 2021
23:59 / 11:59 PM CEST Amsterdam.


Closing date for entries NPOTY 2021


Week 30/31, July 2021 


Pre-selection NPOTY 2021*

We remove all files that do not comply with our rules and the pre-selection will be made. 

Week 34/35/36/37, August/september 2021 First Selection NPOTY 2021*
Judges take a closer look at all submissions. Every jury member will select 25 images per category which will continue to the next round (the final round).
Week 38, September 2021 Asking original files
Request for the original (RAW) files. You have two weeks to send the photo(s). Also your dashboard will be updated in week 34.
Week 39/40, September/October 2021 Final Round NPOTY 2021*
The most difficult stage for the jury: a few days of intense deliberation. The jury will choose the Category winners, Runner-ups, Highly Commendeds, and of course the Overall winner NPOTY 2021.
Week 42, October Notification and information Winners NPOTY 2021
You will be notified in case you will win ‘a prize’. Which one, that’s still going to be a surprise. You could be the Category winner, Runner-up, Highly Commended, and of course the Overall winner of NPOTY 2021. We will invite you to come to the Nature Talks Photo Festival. Also we request image descriptions and other information.
Week 45, Saturday 13th of November 2021 Award Show NPOTY 2021
Festive Award Ceremony during the Nature Talks Photo Festival in the Netherlands.
Week 45/46/47, November 2021 Vote NPOTY People choice
Festival visitors can vote for the People Choice Award during and after the Nature Talks Photo Festival.
Week 50, December 2021 Announcement of the NPOTY People Choice  
Announcing winners of the People’s Choice.
Week 51, December 2021  Opening NPOTY 2022
You can submit your best photos for NPOTY 2022.


*After the pre-selection, first selection and final round we will update your personal dashboard.

Nature Photographer Of The Year 2021

For the sixt time in a row we’d like to welcome you to join the Nature Photographer of the Year competition, powered by Nature Talks Photo Festival in the Netherlands. We kindly invite all professional and non-professional photographers, of all ages, from all over the world, to join our contest again this year. Send in your best pictures from this year, last year or years back.

We believe that we can show the beauty of nature worldwide by sharing the most amazing images you all make. If we learn to love nature, we’ll also protect her.


When you enter this nature photography contest you have the chance to become the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021. This year the total prize money will amount to €25,000, of which many large cash prizes. For example the overall winner gets € 3.000,- and category winners € 500,-
But that’s not all, you’ll also support nature conservation. We have founded the Nature Talks Foundation (Stichting Nature Talks) to work with and support nature conservation organizations like Photographer Against Wildlife Crime. So join today, show us your stunning images, become the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021 and also help us to take care of nature.


The award ceremony wil be during our Nature Talks Photo Festival in the weekend of the 13th and 14th of November 2021 in the Netherlands with more then 3500 visitors each year. We will show all the finalists, runners-up, category winners and of course the overall winner, the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021! The finalists and winning images will also be in a photo exhibition on the festival before this exhibition will be traveling through the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

NPOTY 2022 starts on December 20, 2021








About Nature Photographer of the Year


Nature Photographer of the Year is a Nature Photography contest that celebrates the artistry of nature photography. We have some fantastic prizes for you to win including our top prize of €3.000,- cash for the overall winner, plus other great cash prizes and cool photo equipment. When you enter our nature photo competition you will also help various nature conservations projects throughout the world. During our yearly Nature Talks Photo Festival on the 13/14th of November 2021 in the Netherlands we will annouce all the winners. The winners will also be presented in a photo exhibition at the festival before it will be traveling through the Netherlands, Belgium and France.


See the winners of 2020 here.

NPOTY congratulates all the winners of the 2020 edition. We received  19,547 fantastic pictures from 95 countries. WoW!


The winners will be annouced during Nature Talks Online Photo Festival in the Netherlands on Saturday 13th of November 2021.

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