Annual Amateur Photo Contest

Send us your photos for a chance to be featured on our website and annual calendar!

About the Contest

Each January through March, we put out a call for submissions to local amateur photographers to submit their best nature photography. The pictures must encompass the natural heritage of the Northwest Florida Panhandle region. Our NWFSC judges evaluate creativity, photographic quality, the ability to encompass science in the natural world, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and unique character of the Northwest Florida region. The top winners get featured on our social media, website, and in our special 12-month calendar.

Rules and Submission Guidelines

Official contest rules and the required entry form are available through the MKEI office beginning in January when the contest begins. All entrants must be amateur photographers.  Submitted photos must have been taken in the Northwest Florida region within the last two years.


For our most recent contest, the top three winning photos and additional honorable mentions will be featured in the 2021 MKEI Calendar. Prizes were awarded with $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place.

Questions and More Information

Specific contest questions and inquiries can be directed to the MKEI office.

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