Great Programs for Young Photographers through National Geographic

Credit: National Geographic Student Expeditions

Credit: National Geographic Student Expeditions

Check out these Great Opportunities for Young Photographers through National Geographic

Workshops and Expeditions for High School Students

National Geographic Student Expeditions offers opportunities for high school students to get out into the field on summer trips and follow in the footsteps of National Geographic’s photographers, writers and scientists. NGSE is currently accepting applications for summer 2014 trips, and they still have space left in many of their programs. On all of the trips, students immerse themselves in the local culture and dig deeper into the places they visit through an On Assignment project of their choice – photography, conservation, writing, archaeology, community service, etc. And a National Geographic expert joins most of the trips to lend an insider’s perspective on the trip destinations. Students choose the destination and project that’s right for them – from Conservation in Action expeditions in Belize, Namibia, and the Pacific Northwest to photography workshops in London, Paris, and San Francisco to community service trips in Costa Rica and Thailand… and much more.

If you choose to pursue a Photography On Assignment project during your Student Expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to set out on photo shoots to improve photography skills and capture the color and character of the places you encounter. By the end of the program, you will develop a photo-essay about a topic that sparks your interest. At least one of your Trip Leaders will be a photographer and many of the Student Expeditions have top National Geographic photographers as Experts on the program. Photography experts on programs this year include Chris Rainier (one of the premier photographers specializing in the documentation of indigenous cultures), Cory Richards (The North Face athlete specializing in adventure photography), Susan Seubert (travel photographer who has published more than 20 stories with National Geographic Traveler), and Dave Yoder (photojournalist who photographed the ALMA telescope array in Chile for NGM’s April 2014 issue).

Read more about the expeditions and submit your application at

Credit: National Geographic Student Expeditions

Credit: National Geographic Student Expeditions

National Geographic Young Explorers Grants for Students 18 – 25

If you are between 18 and 25, you can also apply for a Young Explorers Grant to support scientific fieldwork, expeditions, and conservation projects. Through the grant program National Geographic supports new generations of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventurers, storytellers, and pioneers. Young Explorers grants help cover field project costs for hard-working, passionate, creative individuals with great ideas. For photography projects, check out the Expeditions Council grants.

Read more about this great program and apply for a grant at:

Credit: National Geographic Student Expeditions

Credit: National Geographic Student Expeditions


Call For Applications…Nature Photography High School Scholarship Program


Who will be the next great nature photographer?

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is currently accepting nominations and applications for their fourteenth annual High School Student Scholarship Program.

Ten high school students will be offered a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Eighteenth Annual NANPA Summit in Jacksonville, Florida, Feb. 24 through March 3, 2013 and also participate in field workshops and classroom instruction designed specifically for them.

The week-long program, which begins Feb. 24th, includes time in a classroom learning digital photography from industry experts, as well as several field trips with personalized photographic instruction from some of the world’s most renowned nature photographers and publishing professionals.

Eligible students must be 14 years old by June 1, 2012, but not yet 19 as of January 1, 2013. The scholarship covers all lodging, meals, and the Summit registration fee. Transportation to and from Jacksonville will be the responsibility of each student and his or her family.

The nomination/application deadline is Nov 31, 2012. Program description and application information are available at the organization’s website: 2013 Summit

Calling all young photographers: Last 2 Days to enter!

Start an entry by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, May 31th, 2012.

START AN ENTRY NOW and your best image may make the journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian. Winners in each category and a selection of Highly Honored photographs will be displayed in the annual exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, one of the most respected and highly visited museums in the world. All winning images will be published in the 2012 Fall-Winter Collectors’ Edition of Nature’s Best Photography magazine.
Start an entry by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, May 31th, and we will make sure you can finish your uploads. Thank you to everyone who already started and completed your entry on time, you will be judged first starting on June 1. BEST OF LUCK!

Calling all young photographers: ENTER NOW!

The annual Windland Awards deadline has been extended to May 30th.
CLICK HERE for a chance to be displayed at the Smithsonian exhibition.
The good news is that due to the large volume of calls and emails we received on the day of our original deadline we have decided to extend the closing of competition entries. May 30th is the final date, so please prepare and enter your images soon. Follow the guidelines PDF on the entry form and let us know if you need help.

JUDGING BEGINS JUNE 1: We will still be judging the entries in the order they were submitted, i.e. the first 10 entry submissions we received this year will be the first 10 entrants judged and so on until we reach the very last entry submitted. So, if you entered earlier you will be reviewed earlier.

Best of luck for this year, maybe your image will make the journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian, one of the most respected and highly visited museums on Earth. Check out this year’s Awards HD video (below) for a selection of images from the 2011 competition and give it a thumbs up! At the end, there are cute polar bear cubs filmed by Thomas D. Mangelsen, the Conservation Photographer of the Year.

Steve Freligh, Director
Windland Smith Rice Awards


REMINDER: It’s the last day to start an entry in the Best Backyards Photo Contest! Start an entry before midnight tonight, Monday, October 24. Anyone who has signed up will still have one more week to complete uploading your best photographs taken in your yard, garden, or parks. Judging will start in November. Winning shots will appear in the next Spring/Summer issue of Nature’s Best Photography.

Audubon Magazine
Photography Awards
We will email photographers instructions on how to send us high resolution images of images selected to move onto the next round of judging. The winners will appear in the 2012 January-February issue of Audubon magazine and in the Spring issue of Nature’s Best Photography magazine.
Questions? Send an email to:

LAST CHANCE: Enter Audubon Magazine Photo Awards

Do you photograph birds? Now’s your chance to showcase your work in two national magazines and win prizes by entering the Audubon Magazine Photo Awards held in association with Nature’s Best Photography. There is a Youth Category and the grand prize for Youth is an iPod Touch with your choice of 5 Audubon Guides Apps. ENTER NOW at:


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