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Friends of Hagerman NWR Annual Nature Photo Contest 

The 15th Annual Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge (HNWR) Nature Photography Contest sponsored by the Friends of Hagerman NWR is open to photographers of all ages and skill levels. Youths aged under 18 are encouraged to enter and compete in the Beginner category. Ribbons and cash prizes are awarded in multiple divisions and categories, with a unique Best in Show for Youth.

Judges are asked to consider composition, originality, and visual impact. Winning photographs will be announced in November 2024.


  • Registrations are accepted from September 1, 2024 through midnight on September 30, 2024.
  • Youth is a participant that will not reach 18 years of age before October 1, 2024.
  • Photographs must have been taken within the boundaries of the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge within the past five calendar years.
  • Photographs may be taken with any electronic equipment – such as camera, smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
  • There are two divisions: Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced. All youth participants will be judged in the Beginner category.
  • There are seven categories: Artistic, Birds, Flora, Macro, Monochrome, Landscape, and Wildlife.
  • We'd love to see more photographs entered in the Artistic category. Use your creativity to make some unique photos. Try your skill at a Monochrome (e.g., black and white) photo.
  • The following awards will be presented:
      • First Place, Second Place, and Third Place in each category in each division. Winning participants will receive a ribbon.
      • Best in Show. Winning participant will receive $50 and a ribbon. Best in Show is selected from the first-place winners in each division/category.
      • Best in Show Youth. Winning participant will receive $25 and a ribbon. Best in Show Youth is selected from all youth participants’ photographs.

Click on Photo Contest Tips for suggestions on how to get an impactful image.

Click below for rules and instructions on how to submit entries.

Rules and Entry Instructions

Become a Member of the photo club to save on entries fees for the photo contest.

View photos and names of the past winners.


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Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

6465 Refuge Road

Sherman, TX 75092


Kroger: Stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and link your Kroger Card to the Friends of Hagerman: the Friends will get rewards for every dollar you spend, at no cost to you.

Please add friendsofhagerman@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure delivery of registration confirmations, account information and the Featherless Flyer

Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

See you at the refuge!

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