Hampton Wildlife Fund Photo Contest - 2020 Contest Rules

Unfortunately, the 2020-2021 South Carolina Wildlife / Hampton Wildlife Fund photography contest has been canceled. The staff of South Carolina Wildlife will provide new deadlines once this information is available. We hope that you will continue to capture and showcase the great outdoors through photographs, and we look forward to bringing the contest back very soon.

The deadline for the South Carolina Wildlife/Hampton Wildlife Fund Photo Contest is 5 p.m. on October 15, 2019.

Eligibility: Photos must have been taken in South Carolina. Entrants must hold the rights to the photographs they enter. Photos may not have been previously submitted to (or taken on assignment for) South Carolina Wildlife. Employees of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and their immediate families are ineligible.

Categories: Entrants may submit a maximum of three photos in up to three subcategories.

Native Wildlife Species (portraits and behavior)

Reptiles & Amphibians


Landscapes (natural landscapes throughout S.C.)
Patterns and textures in nature
Plant Life (wild-growing plants & foliage native to S.C.)
Weather (seasons and weather occurrences in nature)


Hunting (hunting scenes in S.C.)
Fishing (saltwater and freshwater fishing scenes in S.C.)
Nature/Outdoor Recreation (hiking, camping, boating and other nature-related outdoor activities)
Sporting Dogs (training, dogs in action)

All submissions will only be accepted through the online SCWildlife.com contest form. Email entries sent to staff will not be accepted.

By entering the contest, photographers grant lifetime usage rights of entered images to South Carolina Wildlife magazine, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund. This agreement does not in any way limit the right of the photographer to print, publish, display or sell the image.

Judging criteria: Photos will be judged based on the following criteria: impact, sharpness, composition, exposure, lighting and difficulty.

Winners: Winning entries will appear in a gallery at SCWildlife.com. Contest photographs will also be on display at the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic in March and showcased via social media.

Prizes: Judges reserve the right to decide whether a category merits any or all awards. Prizes will be awarded to the top-winning photographer in each category. Prize details will be announced here on SCWildlife.com.

Calendar: Some entries may be selected to appear in the annual South Carolina Wildlife July-August calendar issue or other editions. Photographers will receive a copy of the issue if their photo has been selected.

Ethical photography: At South Carolina Wildlife magazine, we encourage ethical photography. Avoid disturbing wildlife in their natural environment and leave behind only our footprints. As nature photographers, we become visitors in their home.

To qualify: Upload your entries through SCW's new digital submission site. Photos must be in JPG format and at least 2MB in size. Entrants may submit no more than three entries total across the twelve categories.

Watermarks: When submitting your entries, please leave out watermarks to help us keep our judging process anonymous and make winning photos ready for print.

Photo manipulation: Entries may be disqualified based on their degree of photo manipulation.

Deadline: Entries must be uploaded before 5 p.m. on October 15, 2019 through the photo contest website.

Enter the Contest: Enter using our new online submission process.

South Carolina Wildlife showcases photography contest submissions in special editions and throughout the year. Just click here to subscribe or gift a subscription today.

The staff of South Carolina Wildlife would like to thank the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, a generous co-sponsor of SCW magazine's photography contest through the decades. Also, many thanks to the thousands of photographers who have participated in the photo contest in years past. Your eye-catching and memorable photographs showcase the unparalleled beauty of our great state and add excitement to the pages of South Carolina Wildlife.