2023 Adventures in Nature
Student Photo Contest

Seeking photos that showcase Arizona’s natural beauty,
wildlife and people in nature.

This photo contest is open to Arizona students ages 13-18.

Open to Arizona students ages 13-18

$10,000 in cash prizes await the top 10 winners.
Deadline to submit your high-resolution nature photos is midnight April 12, 2023.
Winners will be announced May 11, 2023.

View OFFICIAL RULES. For more information, contact Danielle Kagan at [email protected]
Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, Arizona Highways and Cox Communications.

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Photo by Tyler Kilmer

Tempe Town Lake Dam overflows as the snow melts from a snowy winter upstream.

Location: Tempe, Arizona

Photo by Veronika Floto

Baby deer in a desert. Baby deer looking for his mama and follow her around at Sabino Canyon.

Location: Sabino Canyon. Coronado National Park

Photo by Peyton Bennett

Cattail Cove Arizona State Park at Sunset on Easter Weekend 2023

Location: Lake Havasu, AZ

Photo by Lily Whitaker

This is a gorgeous picture, filled with feeling. The sun had just risen and it was peaking out across the river from me. The light comes off so strong in the background, with an almost acrylic orange radiating from the center, shining through that stunning mesquite tree. The middle ground shows off a ton of bushes, grasses, and trees that have so much variety its almost seems staged. Plus, those mountains and valleys are amazingly beautiful pairing with the light in the background.

Location: Rillito River at Columbus

Photo by Kylie Sgarbossa

A Carpenter Bee pollinating a thistle.

Location: Tohono Chul in Tucson, AZ

Photo by Angelia Thorsen

Grand Canyon Rock Squirrel!

I loved being able to visit the Grand Canyon, my dream destination! I was envious of the squirrel's permanent home and I wished I could stay there forever! This lucky squirrel was oblivious to the beauty surrounding him and only wanted snacks!

Location: Grand Canyon Village, Arizona

Photo by Anaiha Rodriguez

This photo is of the beautiful scenery at Flowing Wells High School.

Location: Anaiha Rodrguez

Photo by Eleanor Skoog

A cactus in bloom.

Location: North Gateway-Phoenix, Arizona

Photo by Paloma Campos

Arizona sunset at gatespass.

Location: Gatespass, Arizona

Photo by Taylor Herring

These beautiful lantana flowers are growing everywhere in my backyard.

Location: Peoria

Photo by Lily Whitaker

This was taken just as the sun rose. I think the creosote in the foreground and mesquite frame the picturesque light from the fresh early morning sun very nicely. Various common desert plants litter the middle ground which showcase the charming clutter that is one of the lushest deserts on earth. The background consists of some mountain/valley action and a mysterious mist that almost seems placed just for this photo.

Location: Rillito River at Columbus

Photo by Kaylee Morello

I took this photo at Kiwanis Park when I was trying to photograph some love birds in the trees. I saw the flower and thought it was very beautiful.

Location: Kiwanis Park