Skip to content
Information iconThis photo of a heron and a garter snake won honorable mention in the 2013 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge contest. (Photo: Gary Davenport/Friends of Ridgefield Refuge)

Go on. Take your best shot. Take it at a national wildlife refuge. Then enter it in the refuge’s annual photo contest and see what happens.




Annual Refuge Winners

Annual refuge photo contests celebrate  individual national wildlife refuges and let amateur photographers compete in categories such as wildlife, scenery and recreation. Many wildlife refuges have a separate category for young photographers. Friends groups manage many of the contests. For rules and deadlines, consult individual refuges.

Share the Experience

night skies honorable mention 2016 matthew hanna oregon islands national wildlife refuge fish and wildlife 2016 share the experience
Night skies, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Honorable mention, 2016 Share the Experience contest. (Photo: Matthew Hanna)

The annual Share the Experience photo contest captures visitors’ favorite views, moments and adventures in public lands. Open to amateur photographers, the contest is hosted by the National Park Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and five other federal agencies. Enter the latest contest and see winning images from past years here.  

More Winning Photos

Some Contest Sites

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Black Bayou National Wildlife Lake Refuge, LA 
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM 
Camas National Wildlife Refuge, ID 
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA (pdf)
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA (pdf)
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA 
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO 
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, GA and SC
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, ME
Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MI
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, MN 
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, NM



Find a Refuge
By Zip Code, by State or by Refuge Name
Information iconThis photo of a frog at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas took the grand prize in the 2016 Share the Experience contest. (Photo: Craig McIntyre)