Share your inspiring nature photography to win cash prizes!

Show the world why protected areas matter

The World Parks Congress nature photography competition SAVED is in full swing with entries coming in from around the globe. But have you submitted your best images yet?

The competition has categories for Specialist, Enthusiast, Social and Youth entries. There’s a prize pool of $24,000 to grab a share of, plus the prestige of having your photograph exhibited at the World Parks Congress in Sydney in November.

Images should tell a story on why protected areas matter – around the theme of either parks, people or planet.

Anyone working to a professional standard is eligible to enter as a Specialist – just pay a $25 entry fee and upload images to the SAVED website to be in the running for the $15,000 prize. Winners for Specialist will be selected by a judging panel.

The more social snappers among us can share pics in the Enthusiast category or straight to Instagram (after registering at and using the #wpcsaved hashtag. These images are free to enter and eligible for a $3,000 prize. They will be shortlisted for judging based on how many times they are shared – so be sure to muster your networks to support you!

Entries close at midnight on 15 October 2014 and winners will be announced in November.

Take a look at the gallery to see what people have submitted so far.

Tanya, Parks Australia

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a global forum on protected areas, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the coming decade. It will be held at Sydney Olympic Park, Australia from 12-19 November 2014.