European Treasures of Nature Competition

The European Treasures of Nature competition is an annual event run by EuroNatur, Natur Magazine, the NaturVision filmfestival and Gelsenwasser AG and it aims to capture stunning moments and experiences of photographers in the natural environment.

The prizes for this one are quite good, cash rather than kit, with a 1st prize of 1,500 Euro. There is also an exhibition opportunity at the visitors centre located in the Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany, in autumn 2017 and publishing opportunities within EuroNatur magazine alongside all the usual publicity online.

Entry to the competition is also free with applicants being able to submit up to five photographs which means you can send a range or your work. Digitally manipulated photographs are not accepted and also the subject matter has to relate to natural places or things within Europe.

You can download the pdf with all the instructions, terms and conditions, here and then work can be send either over email or by post to the organisers.

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Seagull at Blackpool North Shore Sunset by  Henry Brett . CC BY-2.0 via Flickr

Seagull at Blackpool North Shore Sunset by Henry Brett. CC BY-2.0 via Flickr

Telegraph Big Picture Competition

This weekly contest is always a quick and easy one to enter and the prize is a £500 Nikon D3300 SLR camera so totally worth submitting on a regular basis. The picture must be at least 1Mb in size and you need to send it along with a brief description, your name, address, telephone number, the date and location of the photo to

Pictures can be on any theme but scrolling through previous entries there is a lean towards nature and landscape.

Deadline: ongoing



RHS Photographic Competition 2017

This competition, run by the Royal Horticultural Society, is about recording the world of plants and gardens and is open to both professional and amateur photographers

This year, the prize money has been raised (all prizes totting up to over £10,000 with the overall adult category prize at £500) as well as the range of categories and the prize is now free to enter – so that all sounds pretty good no?

The categories include a focus on RHS gardens, garden wildlife, and abstraction and there are also categories for social media images where you can submit through Facebook, twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RHSphotocomp and a monthly winner will be selected by RHS’s social media followers. For younger photographers there is a Young Photographer category (11-17 years) and a Children’s Photographer categories for under 11s.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Kew Gardens by  Cristian Bortes . CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

Kew Gardens by Cristian Bortes. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr


Nikon Photo Contest

This competition was due to close in October 2016 but has been extended until 28 February. The prize has been run by Nikon since 1969 and invites photographers and moving image makers to submit work produced from any digital device including smartphones. You are also invited to submit videos from 6 – 180 seconds in length.

Work is accepted from both professional and amateur photographers on two main themes, ‘Celebration’ and ‘Future’ and prizes include 500, 000 YEN and camera equipment for the overall Nikon 100th Anniversary Award and then fancy camera equipment for all the other prizes. There is also, of course, all the usual promotion of your work online and exhibition opportunities at various Nikon venues. Oh and last thing, it’s free to enter.

Deadline: 28 February

Obama fried chicken by sometimesdee. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

Obama fried chicken by sometimesdee. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr


24 Snapshots of Bikes Photo Contest

This is quite a specific one. The theme of this contest, run by the department for Infrastructure and Mobility of the Region of Puglia (Italy), has the theme of ‘The bicycle and mankind’ and is open to both professionals and amateurs. Free to enter, you can submit up to three images (all of which should be titled) either by email or post.

24 winning images will be selected and will be displayed as part of an exhibition in May 2017 at the former Dominican Cloister of San Vito dei Normanni (Brindisi Province of Italy). One of the 24 photographers will be awarded a special merit although this doesn’t seem to have any cash or kit prize attached to it beyond the accolade.

Deadline:  24 February 2017



AuthorSacha Waldron