Career awards

NANPA members are not only some of the most accomplished nature photographers in the world but also photographers who are deeply committed to supporting the nature photography community within North America. NANPA is pleased to honor members’ work through its awards program. NANPA awards fit two broad categories: recognition and service.

NANPA’s recognition awards are presented in honor of one’s accomplishments, stature, or length of service to nature photography.

NANPA career awards

Nominate a candidate

Any NANPA member can nominate a deserving candidate during the award’s designated nomination period. Login to the Members Area and click on “Nominate Members for Awards.” Members will also be notified by email when each cycle opens for nominations.

Current nomination cycle

May 15, 2021 June 15, 2021 Lifetime Achievement
Outstanding Photographer of the Year
Sept. 1, 2021 Sept. 30, 2021 Environmental Impact
Fine Art in Nature Photography
Jan. 14, 2022 Feb. 14, 2022 Outstanding Young Nature Photographer
NANPA Fellow

How NANPA awards are decided

  • The NANPA Awards Committee accepts nominations for all NANPA awards.
  • The Awards Committee evaluates candidates and makes selection recommendations to the NANPA Board of Directors.
  • NANPA’s Board of Directors (with possible assistance from the Advisory Council) approves recipients.