El Capitan emerging from clouds, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

El Capitan emerging from clouds, Yosemite NP, California. This photo was awarded first place in the Grand Landscape category of the Natural Landscape Photography Awards in 2021.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be a judge this year for the Natural Landscape Photography Awards!

From its inception, I’ve felt that this contest’s goals align with mine: making photographs that celebrate the beauty of nature – without excessive manipulation, and where the photographer’s skill and vision behind the camera are more important than their Photoshop skills.

I’ve entered this competition in each of its first three years, and was fortunate enough to win some awards, including first place in the Grand Landscape category in 2021. Now it’s my turn to help decide who will get those awards – though of course I won’t be alone, as I’ll be joining a distinguished panel of fellow judges: Viktoria Haack, Lizzie Shepherd, Matt Palmer, and Ben Horne.

This year there will be two new special prizes. The first, for Creative Icons, is for “fresh takes on popular or iconic scenes with an emphasis on creativity.” The second, Environmental Wildlife, is for “photographs showcasing wildlife in the broader environment with a dual emphasis on wildlife and the landscape.” Darn, I wish I could enter this year, as those are both right up my alley! But maybe these categories are up your alley as well, and if so, I look forward to seeing your submissions.

The timetable has been moved up this year, so entries are open starting today! The last day for entries will be May 31st, with the winners announced in mid-September.

You can get 10% off your entry by using the code FRYE10, but even better, there’s a 20% early-bird discount until April 30th with the code KINGPENGUIN20.

You can learn more about the competition or enter here:

Natural Landscape Photography Awards

Be sure to read the rules before entering. The rules are designed to maintain the integrity of the competition, and ensure that winning entries depict real scenes and real moments in nature.

I look forward to seeing your entries!

— Michael Frye

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Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He lives near Yosemite National Park in California, but travels extensively to photograph natural landscapes in the American West and throughout the world.

Michael uses light, weather, and design to make photographs that capture the mood of the landscape, and convey the beauty, power, and mystery of nature. His work has received numerous awards, and appeared in publications around the world. He’s the author and/or principal photographer of several books, including Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters, and The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite.

Michael loves to share his knowledge of photography through articles, books, workshops, online courses, and his blog. He’s taught over 200 workshops focused on landscape photography, night photography, digital image processing, and printing.