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Now accepting entries for Wildlife Photo Contest

Posted June 9, 2020

Julie Curtis’s winning photo of two Harris’s antelope squirrels was on the 2020 calendar cover

PHOENIX — Do you have a knack for capturing great photos of Arizona’s wildlife? Do you want to see your photo on the cover of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine? Then you won’t want to miss the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual wildlife photo contest.

This year we’re partnering with Arizona Highways to provide an easier way to submit photographs. Entries will be accepted from 9 a.m. Monday, June 8, until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

One best in show and 11 winners will be showcased in the 2021 calendar, which is published in the November-December issue of Arizona Wildlife Views. Photos must be of wildlife species that are native to Arizona and taken in Arizona settings. The photos are evaluated on creativity, photographic quality, effectiveness in conveying the unique character of the subject, and whether or not submitted images meet the basic size and formatting requirements. Winners and honorable mentions will be announced in November.

Keep in mind that photographs are not eligible if they include people or man-made objects that are recognizable.

Want some tips and inspiration? Read the article in the May-June issue of Arizona Wildlife Views. It profiles last year’s winner, Julie Curtis, who took her winning photo of two Harris’s antelope squirrels out an open window to her front yard.

So get outdoors and get creative with different wildlife photography approaches. You never know what you’ll see in the backcountry, a city park, or even your own yard.

For more information, including the rules and a link to enter the contest, visit