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2023 Nebraskaland Photo Contest

With miles of winding rivers, wide-open vistas and wildlife from border to border, Nebraska is a photographer’s paradise. We’d like you to share your visions of Nebraska with us through the 2023 Nebraskaland Magazine Photo Contest.

Online photo entries can be posted from Oct. 1 through 11:59 p.m. Central time Oct. 28, 2023. Simply post your photography on Instagram using the hashtag: #nebraskaland2023


  1. Wildlife — wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish
  2. Scenic — in which landmarks, scenery or inanimate objects are prominent
  3. Recreation — people enjoying the outdoors through hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, skiing or other outdoor activities. No traditional sports images will be accepted.
  4. Macro — native wildflowers, foliage, fruiting bodies or other parts of plants and the creepy crawly creatures that inhabit them.

Note: Entrants need not choose a category. Judges will categorize all entries.

Contest rules

Contest rules

To enter:

  • post your photography between Oct. 1-28, 2023, on Instagram using the hashtag #nebraskaland2023 in the text portion of your post.
  • Entrants may submit a maximum of 6 images.
  • Do not send: Prints, transparencies, negatives, subscription orders, checks or correspondence.

Eligibility requirements:

  • The photograph must be an original work created by the contest entrant.
  • Photos must have been taken in Nebraska.
  • Photos may not have been previously submitted to (or taken on assignment for) Nebraskaland Magazine.
  • Only images taken in 2022 and 2023 will be accepted.
  • Post-work considered excessive by Nebraskaland judges will not be considered for the contest. Submitted images’ colors and composition must appear just as they did when photographed; an image that combines the elements of more than one photograph or has elements removed is not eligible.
  • Employees of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and their immediate families cannot participate.

Technical requirements:

  • Submissions may be in color or black and white.
  • If selected as a finalist, photographs must be made available in digital JPEG or JPG formats with a resolution of at least 8 megapixels. Images not meeting this standard may be disqualified from the Contest at the judges’ sole discretion.
    Entries containing a watermark will not be accepted.


  • A panel of Nebraskaland photographers and experts will evaluate all eligible entries and select winners based photographic quality and creativity.


  • No photographer is able to win more than one prize, except for the possibility of placing in a single category and winning the Best in Show.
  • Winning entries will be announced in the Jan./Feb. 2024 issue of Nebraskaland Magazine. Select entries will be shared on the Nebraskaland Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as in the magazine.
  • First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be awarded in all categories.

Download full contest rules