REGISTER | LOGIN You are invited to submit your very best photos of California wildlife for the 2023 12th annual California Wildlife Photo of the Year contest.

The 2023 contest has five submission *Entry Periods, beginning in January, 2023 and ending October 31, 2023. The final judging period, November - December, 2023, is reserved for selecting the Photo of the Year. The 2023 12th annual contest is presented by California Watchable Wildlife and Outdoor California, and sponsored by Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Out of this World Optics, Chirp Nature Centers and Jay House Vacation Rental.

Winning images will be published in Outdoor California starting in March-April, 2023.

The 2023 Photo of the Year will be announced in January, 2024

Here's how: What to submit:
  • Images taken at a California Watchable Wildlife Viewing site (see map on California Watchable Wildlife Website)
  • Images taken in the Sierra Nevada (view map)
  • Any California wildlife species in native habitat
  • People viewing wildlife
  • Interesting animal behavior
  • Seasonal abundance of wildlife

Images will be judged by a panel of three judges. Criteria are:
  • Technical Excellence (focus, exposure, resolution)
  • Composition
  • Difficulty in getting the shot
  • Overall impact and storytelling aspects of the image
* Entry Periods: Winning images published in Outdoor California Issue:
1) January-February, 2023 March/April, 2023
2) March-April, 2023 May/June, 2023
3) May-June, 2023 July/August, 2023
4) July-August, 2023 September/October, 2023
5) September-October, 2023 November/December, 2023


Photo of the Year will be chosen from all winning entries submitted in 2023. In addition, one photo will be selected from the submissions to represent a California Watchable Wildlife viewing site (view map),  and one photo to represent the Sierra Nevada (view regions) All awards are made by California Watchable Wildlife. The Photo of the Year photographer is awarded an optics product valued at $1,000 from Out of This World Optics and a two-night stay at Jay House Vacation Rental in Colusa, valued at $250, and a gift certificate from Chirp Nature Center valued at $100. The Sierra Nevada and California Watchable Wildlife winning images will also receive a $50 gift certificate from Chirp Nature Center.

Click here for Submission Guidelines and Terms.

Return to the California Watchable Wildlife Website.

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