Fine Art in Nature Photography Award

Presented in honor of one’s accomplishments, stature or length of service to nature photography

NOTE: Nominees who are not NANPA members must be born or reside in North America. However, this birth/residency requirement shall be waived if the non-NANPA member nominee’s work is focused on North America.

Nomination window for 2023 award is closed.
Nominations for 2025 award are anticipated to open September 1-30, 2023.

The Fine Art in Nature Photography Award honors photographers who create fine art nature imagery and/or who educate/instruct other nature photographers about the techniques critical to fine art imagery [image capture and/or post-processing (analog or digital)]. Nominees should have a significant body of work of fine art nature images.

This award is given to recognize photographers that create fine art nature imagery and/or who educate/instruct other nature photographers about the techniques critical to fine art imagery (image capture and/or post processing [analogue or digital]). The nominee should have a significant body of work of fine art nature images.

Artistic freedom does not relieve the nominee from the responsibility of conducting him/herself in a professional and ethical manner. That means nominees can be disqualified if they exhibit unethical/unprofessional behavior.

Requirements

  1. Photographer
  2. Significant body of outstanding work
  3. Artistic endeavors have received significant recognition, regionally or nationally, from the general public and the “traditional” art community, in addition to the nature photography industry

Selection criteria definitions

Personal Vision

The nominee consistently demonstrates a:

  • Commitment to achieving a positive impact upon nature photography through the creation of fine art imagery; and
  • Dedication to educate/instruct other nature photographers about fine art nature photography techniques.

Quality of Work

The nominee’s photographic imagery is of exceedingly high quality and demonstrates the nominee’s mastery of the artistic and craftsmanship aspects of fine art nature photography.

Inspirational Impact of Work

The nominee’s photographic imagery instills in others — inside and outside of the nature photography industry — an appreciation of fine art nature photography and/or inspires others to support the advancement of the fine art nature photography industry.

© Ron Rosenstock, 2021 Fine Art Nature Photographer Awardee

© Art Wolfe, 2021 Fine Art Nature Photographer Awardee

Past recipients

2021: Ron Rosenstock and Art Wolfe

NANPA’s Fine Art in Nature Photography Award was established in 2019 and is presented biennially in odd-numbered years to coincide with NANPA’s Nature Photography Summit.