17a Since 1945, North Carolina Wildlife Federation has worked for all wildlife and habitats, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and anglers, government and industry to protect the state’s natural resources.
Their work is centered around conserving wildlife, restoring habitats, connecting people with nature, conservation policy, climate resiliency and celebrating conservation.

“Celebrating Conservation” season is open now, with statewide calls of the wild for conservation award nominations, college scholarship applications and wildlife photo submissions.

Conservation Award Nominations

NCWF seeks conservation heroes from across the state for its 59th annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards. The prestigious awards have honored individuals, associations, businesses, and governmental bodies that have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conserving North Carolina’s natural resources.

Citizens nominate conservation leaders, professionals and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. A committee of scientists, environmental educators and conservation activists select award winners.

The online nomination deadline is June 15 at 6:00 p.m. Award recipients will be honored at a banquet on Sept. 9. Categories include Conservationist, Wildlife Conservationist, Sportsman or Sportswoman, Land Conservationist, Water Conservationist, Forest Conservationist, Marine Resources, Environmental Educator, Young Conservationist, Legislator, Conservation Organization, Business Conservationist, and Natural Resources Agency or Scientist of the Year.

College Scholarship Applications

Since the 1970s, NCWF has awarded scholarships to college students studying and working in the wildlife and conservation fields. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited North Carolina college or university with a major related to wildlife, fisheries, forestry, natural resources, conservation or environmental studies.

NCWF will provide up to seven grants, which may include one $2,500 Conservation Leadership grant for a student of outstanding merit. Socio-economic elements, extra-curricular involvement and academic performance all impact final decisions.

Students must submit scholarship applications and supporting documents online by June 16.

Visit NCWF’s scholarship page to learn more or apply. For questions, email Lacy Kegley at lacy@ncwf.org.

Wildlife Photography Contest

NCWF’s 5th Annual Wildlife Photography Contest for professional, amateur and youth photographers runs from July 1 through September 1. Images must be taken in North Carolina and highlight the beauty of the state’s nature and wildlife, whether in a backyard or across the state. Categories are Carolina Critters, People in Nature, Scenes of North Carolina and Pollinators & Insects (new category).

Entry donations start at $15 for 12 photos (3 images max per category), with all proceeds supporting the conservation and restoration of wildlife and habitat in North Carolina. Visit NCWF’s photo contest page for entry requirements and contest rules. Photographers can submit entries electronically from July 1 through Sept. 1. Email photos@ncwf.org for questions.

To learn more about the North Carolina Wildlife Federation visit https://ncwf.org/ or call 803-608-0019.

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