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It's once again time for NVCT's Nearby Nature Photo Contest! From Earth Day, April 22, - May 22, 2024, we welcomed submissions from anyone with a camera, including Northern Virginia's youth. The photographers who entered their images into our contest display a love of nature and an appreciation of how photography can inspire people to care about the life and land of the outdoors and to work passionately for their protection.

Prizes awarded for first place in these categories:


  • People in the Outdoors - These photos should include people out and enjoying nature.

  • Spring Renewal - Spring renewal is finding animals in the early stages of life or flowers in bloom.

  • Streams, Creeks, and Water- This category may be the most obvious. Water creates and sustains life, and we would like for you to capture its beauty.

  • Smartphone Snaps- Any beautiful nature photo you capture with your smartphone should be submitted to this category. 


Registration is Closed

Please Note:

Submitted photos must be taken within our service area. This includes: Arlington, Caroline, Fairfax, Fauquier, King George, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties; as well as nearby independent cities including Alexandria, City of Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park. 

How to Enter

1) Choose or take some awesome nature photos! 
2) Download and complete the entry form and photograph release linked below
3) Email the forms 
to before midnight, May 22, 2024.  
*Please put your name, the category, and the title of your photo(s) somewhere in the email 
4) Look out for our announcement of the winners in May! Staff will review the submissions for their creativity, content, composition, and originality and award the top photographs

Prizes and Online Magazine Feature

Enter for a chance to win cool prizes and be featured in our Saving Nearby Nature Photo Contest Online Magazine! Each photo will inspire a story about Virginians' love and passion for nature. Register Now!

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Registering is easy! Just fill out the forms, send your photos , and compete for prizes!

Register Here!

Contact us if you have any questions! 

Disclaimer: Our photo contests are open to non-professional photographers of all ages. Through all of our contests, we hope to promote awareness and appreciation for all of the beautiful natural wonders of Northern Virginia. Photographers retain all rights to all photographs submitted but agree to grant NVCT the right to publish the images with or without names

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