North American Butterfly Association


Art and Photo Contests

NABA holds art and photo contests biennially. The Butterfly Art of the Year Contest is held in odd-numbered years and the Butterfly Photo of the Year Contest is held in even-numbered years. Details are given below.

NABA Photography Contest

The next NABA Photography Contest will be held in 2020.  The winner will receive $300 and the 1st runner-up will receive $100. Winning entries will be published in American Butterflies. Photographs of adults must be of free-flying, unrestrained butterflies taken in the field (not in a butterfly zoo), in Canada, the United States, or Mexico. 

Photographs of immatures must be of eggs, caterpillars or chrysalises taken in the field, or, at a location (e.g., one’s house or laboratory) within 20 miles of where the eggs or caterpillars were obtained. Submissions, which must be received by June 30, 2020, should be in the form of digital images, sent as high-resolution jpeg files to  Please include the photographer’s name in the file name. Please limit your submissions to three images (only the first three images received, per entrant, will be considered).

Entries must be accompanied by a signed statement giving NABA the right to copy and publish the photographs, both in print and digital form, and vouching that the photographs, if taken of adults, were taken in the field, of free-flying, unmanipulated butterflies.  If of immatures, the photographer’s statement must vouch that the immatures were either photographed in the wild; or within 20 miles of where found and if removed from the wild that they were reared through to adults (or attempted to rear through to adults) and released where they were found.

Please include detailed information about when and where the photographs were taken, as well as camera, lens, flash, film, and setting information —  to the extent known. Please include a telephone number and an email address where you can be reached. Again, send your entries (maximum of three) to:

NABA Art Contest

Artists interested in entering the 2019 NABA Art Contest should submit high quality digital images by email to (maximum of 3 images) of original two-dimensional color "paintings," in any medium. The digital file should include the artist's name. If realistic, the painting should depict species found in Mexico, the U.S. or Canada. In your cover letter, please indicate the dimensions of the original work, give a description of the medium of the work, and a release granting to NABA the one-time right to copy and publish the image in American Butterflies and at its website. Please include a telephone number where you can be reached. Entries need to be received no later than June 1, 2019. Winning artist will receive a prize of $500, 2nd place winner will receive $125 and winners will have their works published in color in the Fall 2019 issue of American Butterflies. All decisions of the judges are final.

Artists Release Statement (signature required):

I, ___________________________, hereby give my one-time right to NABA to copy and publish the following artwork:
1) _________________________________________,
2) _________________________________________,
3) _________________________________________.

Signature: __________________________________
Date: _____________________
Email address: __________________________________________
Telephone number: ________________________________

Send a signed copy of this release form statement by email to or by postal mail to:

NABA Art Contest, 4 Delaware Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960.