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The contest is open to amateur as well as professional photographers from around the world who create and display all the variety of photographic expression that is covered by the field of nature and wildlife photography.

Nature Photography of the Year

Nature Photography of the Year



List of Authors


Entry Form - UPLOAD

“How sad to think that nature speaks and mankind doesn’t listen.”

Victor Hugo



Dear photographers, dear everyone who has ever taken part in the International Nature Photography Contest Magical Nature.

Unfortunately, the time has come when we have to inform you that this year's Magic Nature contest will not take place. In the organizing committee of the contest, we had to make this decision with a heavy heart, as we did not manage to secure enough funds for the quality implementation of the event. We don't know how the contest Magical Nature will be in the future. We will keep you updated on all news related to the contest on the website

Thank you to everyone who helped us and enriched all six editions of the Magical Nature contest with their participation.

General information

The contest “Magical Nature” is hosted by Association of Slovenian Nature Photographers (ZNFS). The contest is open to amateur as well as professional photographers from around the world. Members of the jury, members of the competition management group and their nearest relatives are not eligible for participation. Every participant can submit up to 24 digital photographs, but no more than 4 in each category. The same image can not be submitted to more than one category. Photographs which were sent to the contest in previous years, regardless if they were selected or not, will be disqualified.


1. Mammals

2. Birds

3. Other animals (except mammals or birds)

4. Plants (including lichens, mushrooms, etc.)

5. Natural Landscapes

6. Man and nature (examples of positive or negative influence of man on nature)


The competition can be entered only online, over

First you upload pictures in jpg format with 1920 pixels on horisontal side (horizontal pictures) or 1080 pixels on vertical side (vertical pictures). A single file must not exceed 2 Mb and it must contain original metadata added by camera.

Original files (RAW or original JPG) will be requested for entries reaching the final stage. Instructions will be send with the request. Pictures which original files will not arrived until original files dead-line will be eliminated from the contest.


Entry start date: December 2022,

Closing Date: 25th February 2023,

Judging: 26 February - 05 March 2023,

Request for original RAW files start date: 10 Mar 2023,

Request for original files dead-line: 17 March 2023,

Contest results: 24 March 2023,

Award ceremony: May 2023, National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana, Večna pot 111

Selection process and awards

Jury will select 180 images (30 from each category), which will be presented in public slide-show on award ceremony. Those will be officially accepted images of the contest.

The jury will select one winner in each category who will receive a prize money of 300€ and 9 runners-up, who will receive Highly Commended award. The winning photographers from each category will have to send a short description of circumstances in which she/he took the picture, to be included in book.

Among winning images jury will select one overall winning image and one winning image made by a Slovenian author, which will receive a title “Nature Photography of the Year” and/or “Slovenian Nature Photography of the Year”.

Authors of all 60 winning images (winning and commended) will be asked to send full resolution (at least 3000 x 2000 pixels) images, which will be printed in book.

Entry Fee

A one-off non-refundable Entry Fee is required from each entrant. Entries received without Entry Fee will not be judged.

There are two types of Entry Fees:

Entry fee without printed book is €25.

Entry Fee with a discount for the printed book is €40.

The price of the book will be €35 after the Closing Date of the competition.

Payment can be made through PayPal system on address or directly on Bank Account: SI56192005013124710, Deželna Banka Slovenije d.d. Kolodvorska 9, Ljubljana.

The Jury

Selection will be made by international jury of renown nature photographers:

1. Davorin Tome, Slovenia - Chairman of the Jury

2. Arnfinn Johansen, Norway

3. Pierluigi Rizzato, Italy

4. Marjan Artnak, Slovenia

Detailed Rules as PDF here>

Note: English translation is made only for the purpose of guidance. The organizer can not be held responsible for any misunderstanding, regardless what cause it. In case of doubt, please, contact us!

Photo: Vlado Bucalo

Photo: Marjan Artnak