Get your cameras ready! The North Alabama Zoological Society (NALZS) is looking for talented photographers (amateurs and professionals) to submit photos for our annual Wildlife Photo Calendar Contest! It’s free to submit and all wildlife photos are welcome! Prizes will be awarded for winning photos, and proceeds from the calendar will directly fund wildlife research and rehabilitation, conservation, and educational programs here in Alabama and across the Tennessee Valley. Our exclusive 2021 Wildlife Calendar will feature spectacular photos of wildlife from across the region and will serve as a daily reminder of your passion for these species and their habitats. Contributing to the calendar is a great way to spread the word about wildlife and conservation research, action and education and help connect us to Earth's creatures - the great and small.  Now get to clicking and send us your favorite wildlife photos! 


We are excited and looking forward to great submissions for the 2021 calendar! We are only accepting photograph submissions, NO artwork please.  (A separate artwork contest/calendar is in work.)

Photo submissions must be submitted through the form on this webpage no later than December 18, 2020, and must follow the criteria below.  By submitting the photo, you are granting NALZS royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry.

  1. Photo must have been taken between 2018 and 2020.

  2. Photo file size must be no greater than 15MB.

  3. Photo must be in JPG format.

  4. Photographers may enter up to 5 photos total.

  5. Photo must be submitted by the actual photographer.

  6. Photo must show wildlife in a natural setting.

  7. Each submission must include photographer’s name, brief description of the image, location and date it was taken, and agree to the terms and conditions of the contest.

  8. Minor adjustments of color/contrast, sharpening, spotting, dodging, and burning are acceptable.

  9. Photos with borders, watermarks, dates, and names will be disqualified.

  10. Judges will make selections based on quality, composition, content, originality, uniqueness, creativity and general appeal with a focus on traditional photography techniques.


The twelve Jan-Dec monthly and one cover 2021 winners will be announced on the NALZS’ website and social media. Each winner will receive a free calendar and NALZS logo t-shirt!  The photographer of the photo that becomes the calendar's cover will receive a $50 gift card.

The judges reserve the right to decide which photos merit awards. Winners will be notified by email no later than February 2021. Only the contest winners will receive an email.


Winning photos will be displayed in various exhibits throughout Alabama in 2021.


By submitting your image through the form on this page, you are granting NALZS rights to use your photography in the 2021 NALZS Wildlife Calendar online and in print. NALZS may use any photo entered into the contest for non-commercial purposes and will provide photo credits. Those non-commercial purposes include, but are not limited to, educational and news purposes such as print, digital, social media, and television. The photographer retains all rights to their photos.  Please see complete Terms and Conditions.

Good luck to photographers!

Still Need More Information?

Email us at: company.general@nalzs.org