Categories & Prizes | Natural Landscape Photography Awards

Categories and Prizes

This page outlines the various categories, awards and prizes available for 2024.

$14,500 in cash, $2,185 in tripods, and $735 in NPN subscriptions.

Every winning photographer (15 in total) and 100+ stand-out photographers will also receive a free copy of our annual fine art book, totalling $8,000 in value.

Natural Landscape Photographer of the Year

The Natural Landscape Photographer of the Year is awarded to the photographer with the best collection of 6 images. In contrast to the Project Award below, these images do not need to relate to one another and might display a variety of content, techniques and approaches. You will automatically be considered for the award if you enter 6 or more images in any category except Project Award entries, which are excluded (but you may enter your Project images separately for consideration). At least 50% of the winning photographer’s entries must have been made within the past five years to qualify for the award. Judges will be instructed to evaluate the best overall portfolio of images with an emphasis on a diversity of subject matter and technique (wide angle, telephoto, macro, aerial). While a photographer may be eligible to win as a “specialist,” i.e. macro/aerial, a strong preference will be given to those with wide representation in their portfolio of submissions. The winner and runner up will be excluded from winning other prizes. Lastly, this coveted top prize may only be won once in a photographer’s lifetime.

First Place: Cash Prize of US $5,000 and first choice from our FLM tripod pool.

Runner-up: Cash Prize of US $1,000.

Natural Landscape Photograph of the Year

Awarded to the single best image entered into the competition, in any category. Winning this award precludes winning any of the category prizes.

First Place: Cash Prize of US $1,000, and third choice from our FLM tripod pool.

Project of the Year

A collection of 6-10 images that relate to one another in a way that is entirely up to the photographer. For example the images might show a particular geographic region, or show abstract textures, or tell a story, or illuminate a concept, or any combination! Accompanying the photographs will be the photographer’s explanation of the theme which will be read by the judges when considering the project.
Please note – This award is totally separate from the other categories and judged in isolation. For a good primer on project-based submissions, we recommend reading Theo Bosboom’s article.

First Place: Cash Prize of US $2,000, and second choice from our FLM tripod pool.

Runner-Up: Cash Prize of US $1,000.

Project Example

We’ve included an example from the 1st year of the competition – a wonderful entry from Theo Bosboom.

European Canyons by Theo Bosboom

My project aims to highlight the beauty, diversity, and importance of European canyons and gorges. Shaped by the powerful forces of water from many thousands or even millions of years, canyons are very interesting from a geological point of view. Because they are usually hard to negotiate and only partly accessible – in the right conditions – they are among the wildest places in Europe and often have a wonderful, untouched and diverse vegetation. Last but not least, canyons and gorges have always instilled fear in people and in many places they were thought to be inhabited by ghosts or the devil. You can still see this in the names of the canyons, bridges, tracks, or points within.

This seleection contains images taken in some of Europe’s most intesting canyons and gorges, in different seaons and conditions, including Sicily (Italy), Germany, Sweden, Iceland, and Norway.

Grand Scenic

Scenes showing the wider landscape. These images will generally be made at relatively wide angles, include the sky, immerse the viewer in the scene, offer perspective, and might include a foreground.

Grand Scenic Award:

Cash Prize of US $1,000.

See inspiration and examples for our categories.


Grand Scenic photograph from Nicolas Rottiers

Grand Scenic Photo by Matt Jackisch

Intimate Landscapes

These photographs can be created at any focal length but would generally show a smaller selection of a larger scene. This might be a vast waterfall with towering cliffs, or it might be a single tree in the mist, or the interior of a woodland.

Intimate Landscapes Award:

Cash Prize of US $1,000.

See inspiration and examples for our categories.

Intimate Landscape Photograph

Intimate Landscape Photograph by Stuart McGlennon

Abstracts or Details

This category brings together two distinct themes. An abstract is an image that relies on ambiguity of subject and/or scale and may be a non-representative interpretation of nature and the landscape. This can be a scene of any scale.

A detail is a subject(s) that is generally smaller than one meter/yard.

Abstracts or Details Award:

Cash Prize of US $1,000.

See inspiration and examples for our categories.

Abstracts - Details Photograph

Abstracts or Detail by Cesar Llaneza Rodriguez

Special Awards

Every image entered into the main categories may also be entered into each of the below awards which are set up to ensure that a wide variety of sub-genres of landscape photography are recognized by the competition. You may enter your image(s) into as many special awards as you’d like using the checkboxes in our entry page. Prize: $500 per award.



Creative Icon 

(New in 2024)

Fresh takes on popular or iconic scenes with an emphasis on creativity. Show us your unique takes on these honey pot locations!

Creative Icon Award: $500.

Mountain Photo Award

Creative Icon by Ivan Pedretti

Environmental Wildlife

(New in 2024)

Photographs showcasing wildlife in the broader environment with a dual emphasis on wildlife and the landscape.

Environmental Wildlife Award: $500.

Mountain Photo Award

Environmental Wildlife by Xavier Lequarre

Common Places

Under-represented scenes close to home.

Common Places Award: $500.

Mountain Photo Award

Common Places by Mieke Boynton


From small local hills to grand Himalayan peaks.

Mountain Award: $500.

Kevin Monahan

Mountains by David Tolcher

Water Worlds

Rivers, lakes, oceans, and seascapes.

Water Worlds Award: $500.

Seascapes Award

Waterworlds by Ilan Shacham

Black and White

Images edited in black and white.

Black and White Award: $500.

Frozen Worlds Photo Award

Black and White by Benjamin Maze


Images of the landscape captured between dusk and dawn.

Nightscape Award: $500.

Nightscape Photograph

Nightscape by Willa Wei


Images depicting man’s influence on nature, both positive and negative.

Environmental Award: $500.

Samuel Markham

Environmental by Idan Livni


Images captured from planes, helicopters, drones, kites, hot air balloons, blimps, rockets, satellites and large birds.

Aerial Award: $500.

Aerial Award

Aerial by Lukas Moesch

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FLM Tripod Prize Pool

FLM Tripods have provided us with three amazing tripods which will be distributed to award winners.

The Photographer of the Year will have first choice, the winner of the Project of the Year will have second choice, and then the winner of the Photograph of the Year will receive the remaining tripod. The prize pool is comprised of these three great tripods:

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