Wednesday, Jun 15, 2022

MNA is proud to announce that in honor of National Nature Photography Day on Wednesday, June 15th, our 12th Annual Photo Contest is now open for entries. Since 2011, professional and hobbyist photographers have been invited to submit their best images of nature from all around the state of Michigan. Over the years, we have seen several hundred entries received from dozens of photographers and nature enthusiasts that highlight the beauty of our incredible state. These photos help us tell the story of why protecting Michigan's natural heritage is so critical.

This year’s Annual Photo Contest is extra special because we are also celebrating our 70th Anniversary. MNA’s spirited founding generation pioneered the protection of critical habitat for rare, threatened and endangered species, establishing Michigan’s oldest land conservancy and the only one that serves the entire state. They also laid the foundation for our remarkable sanctuary network, and thanks to supporters past and present, it now includes over 180 sanctuaries in 60 counties.

This year's categories for entry are:


  • Landscapes
  • Flora & Fauna
  • People in Nature



Photos may have been taken anywhere within the state of Michigan and should highlight natural beauty in some way. In honor of our 70th Anniversary, MNA will give extra consideration for photos taken at its sanctuaries, taking into account the subject matter, composition, and location of each photo during judging. The top three photos from each category, as well as one overall winner, will be featured in Michigan Nature Magazine, and on the MNA website. Winners will receive a complimentary 1-year membership to the Michigan Nature Association, and a framed print of their winning photo.


All photos must be:

  • taken in the state of Michigan
  • in one of the three categories listed above
  • submitted with a filled-out entry form
  • submitted as a jpg or png file (photo quality of 300 dpi is highly preferred)
  • received no later than September 1, 2022. 


To enter this year's MNA Photo Contest, download and complete the 2022 Photo Contest Entry Form, then upload images using our Google Drive Form (you will need to make one submission of up to 6 photos at a time - this may require multiple submissions).









Mail the completed form along with your photos on a disc or flash drive to: Michigan Nature Association, Attn: Photo Contest, 2310 Science Parkway, Okemos, MI 48864


Winners will be notified by November 1, 2022. Questions about the Photo Contest can be directed to Lauren Ross at or 866-223-2231.


We look forward to seeing all of the Michigan natural features you all enjoy, from your perspective!