National Association of Conservation Districts Photo Contest

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) represents conservation districts Contour Stripsand departments throughout the nation. In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Land + Water Conservation Association represents all of the county land conservation departments in the state and is a member of NACD.  This allows county land conservation departments access to the resources, tools, and education offered by NACD such as this photo contest. Dane County Land & Water Resources Department is a member of the Wisconsin Land + Water Conservation Association.

NACD hosts an annual photo contest open to all amateur photographers who reside in the U.S. or its territories. NACD Contestants are allowed to enter as many as five photos each year that each fit into one of the following four categories:

  1. Conservation Practices
  2. Close-up Conservation
  3. Conservation in Action
  4. Agriculture and Conservation Across America

Submissions must be completed on or before Dec. 1, 2019



Photos are judged on technical merit and composition. On technical merit, photos will be judged on whether they are well-framed, properly exposed, and sharp/clear. On composition, the photos will be judged on imagination and creativity. One winner will be selected for each category and age division (adults are 19 and older as of December 1, 2019.)

Each first place winner at the national level will receive a $100 cash prize. Second place winners will receive $50. Honorable mention award winners will also be selected for each category but will not receive a monetary award.



Complete and submit this entry form and photo release for each photo you would like to enter into the contest, along with the photos you are submitting, by email to On the form, the "name of the local conservation district" would be Dane County Land & Water Resources Department and the "phone number of local conservation district" would be (608) 224-3730.

Photos must be in a JPEG or TIFF file format. If you are submitting a photo in which a subject or model’s face is recognizable, you must also complete and attach this subject and model release with your photo/s.

Minor digital enhancements for cropping, red-eye removal, filters and corrective functions are permitted; however, an image judged to be significantly altered may be disqualified. Contestants are not permitted to place borders, frames or backgrounds around their images or to place watermarks, dates, signatures or copyright images onto photos. Previously published photos are not eligible for the contest.

All entries become the property of NACD. As such, NACD reserves the non-exclusive right to use submissions in official publications and for promotional purposes. The photographer retains rights and use to their photo.

All emailed photo files must be named by category, age division, last name, state and photo number. If you are submitting only one photo in a category, your photo number is “1.” Additional photos in the same category should be numbered consecutively. Name the photo file for each entry as follows:

  • Conservation Practices
    • Adult: CP-A- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
    • Youth: CP-Y- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
  • Conservation in Action
    • Adult: CIA-A- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
    • Youth: CIA-Y- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
  • Close Up Conservation
    • Adult: CUC-A- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
    • Youth: CUC-Y- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
  • Ag/Conservation Across America
    • Adult: ACAA-A- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#
    • Youth: ACAA-Y- LastName_FirstInitial-State-#

For example, John Smith, a 16-year-old from Texas, wishes to submit three photos, one in the Close Up Conservation category and two in Conservation in Action. His file names would read as follows:

  • CUC-Y-Smith-J-TX-1
  • CIA-Y-Smith-J-TX-1
  • CIA-Y-Smith-J-TX-2

Questions? Contact NACD at

This is a summary of photo contest details from the National Association of Conservation Districts website. Please visit their website for contests updates.