Grand prizes include nature expeditions to photograph polar bears in Churchill, Canada, and brown bears in Alaska.
BOULDER, CO, May 8, 2017 –
Photographers who love wildlife are invited to submit up to three of their best photos to Natural Habitat Adventures’ 2017 Wildlife Photo Contest
. The event is hosted on the company’s Wildlife Photo of the Day website that celebrates the world’s most captivating and stunning wildlife photos.
Entrants may submit photos between May 1 and 11:59 p.m. MDT on May 31, 2017. The People’s Choice Award voting period is from June 1 to 11:59 p.m. MDT on June 30, 2017. Voters may cast their ballots once a day. Each time someone votes, they receive one entry into a drawing for the chance to win a $500 Visa gift card.
The contest welcomes photo submissions of animals taken anywhere in the world, as long as the animals are not in captivity of any kind. Photos of animals in wildlife conservancies or wildlife preserves are allowed. All contest entrants and anyone voting must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the U.S. or Canada.
The public will decide the winners of the People’s Choice Award
by voting online. The winner of this award will secure a spot on Nat Hab’s Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure
in Churchill, Manitoba. This is a 7-day, 6-night program valued at $7,700. Roundtrip flights are included. Guests spend three full days photographing polar bears on the tundra with expert Photo Expedition Leaders. Just 16 guests will travel aboard custom Polar Rover vehicles with plenty of room to position for superb shots. An exclusive steel-mesh outdoor observation deck provides opportunities for extreme close-ups when bears wander below.
The Experts’ Choice Award
will be determined by a panel of Nat Hab wildlife photographers and Photo Expedition Leaders. This award winner will travel on Nat Hab’s Great Alaskan Grizzly Photo Adventure
to Alaska’s Katmai National Park. This is an 8-day, 7-night program valued at $10,200. Roundtrip flights are included. Guests will photograph giant Alaskan brown bears—the world's largest coastal grizzlies—at very close range in a truly wild and remote setting. Access is facilitated aboard a private small ship that enters the coves and bays the bears frequent. Guests will also walk on shore in the careful company of a veteran Expedition Leader, safely observing the bears from just feet away.
Eight Honorable Mentions
(three from People’s Choice voting and five chosen by the expert panel) will win a $150 gift card to B&H Photography Store.
Natural Habitat Adventures launched the Wildlife Photo of the Day
website in 2015. An exciting new wildlife image is featured on the platform every day, and each photo includes a link to conservation information provided by World Wildlife Fund
. Photo contest entrants may see their entries selected as the featured daily photo on the site.