Kid’s nature Photo Contest connects children with nature

National Wildlife Federation is announcing its first ever Ranger Rick “Your Best Shots” Photography contest for kids under 13 years old.

Ranger Rick magazine, published by National Wildlife Federation, has been delighting kids with amazing wildlife photography for over 40 years, and now kids have the opportunity to see their own cool nature photos in the magazine.

The contest is free to enter, and the winner could have their photo featured on the Ranger Rick web site and in the magazine. Judges will select a winner every month and children do not need to subscribe to Ranger Rick to enter the contest.

Children can enter with parent’s or guardian’s permission at Two free printable picture frames are available for simply entering the contest. Even if you don’t enter the contest, you can vote for your favorite entries on the web site.

Getting kids out to explore and photograph things in the natural world connects them with nature and provides a break from their inside world consumed with high tech devices. Here are some tips to help kids take award-winning photos:

  • Nature photography generally requires stillness so be patient and quiet to get a great shot
  • Think small: backyard wildlife make wonderful subjects
  • Get close, but not too close if you are photographing a wildlife critter
  • Be sure to respect and appreciate your photo subject and the nature around you when taking photographs
  • You don’t need expensive camera equipment to take a great photo

More info on Ranger Rick and the magazine can be found at

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