“We only protect what we love, we only love what we understand, and we only understand what we are taught.”

Jacques Cousteau


Eleve categories to reflect upon the relationship between humans and nature

Special Category 01 – “Nature and Humans – Thematic Series”

A series of six images, with a common conservation theme, investigating the relationship between the natural environment and us humans. The winning series will receive a cash prize of 2,000 euros.

Special Category 02 – “Nature and Humans – Single Image”

A single image, with a conservation theme, investigating the relationship between the natural environment and us humans. The winning image will receive a cash prize of 2,000 euros

Special Category 03 – “Nature and Humans – Spain”

An individual image, taken in Spain, that investigates the relationship between the natural environment and us, human beings. The winning image will receive a cash prize of 1,000 euros.

Special Category 04 – “The Beauty of the Planet”.

An individual image, showing the astonishing beauty and fragility of our planet’s animal species. Images submitted in this category must have been taken on any nature photography trip organized by Wildwatching Spain after 1-1-2019.

Special Category 05 – “The beauty of Spain”.

An individual image, showing the astonishing beauty and fragility of Spain’s animal species. The images submitted in this category must have been taken in any hide or observation outing organized by Wildwatching Spain, after 1-1-2019.

Thematic Category 06 – Mammals.

Wild and free-ranging mammals, at any stage of their lives, anywhere on the planet.

Thematic Category 07 – Birds.

Birds in the wild, at any stage of their life and anywhere on the planet. Images of nests will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Thematic Category 08 – Oceans.

Underwater images taken in the seas and oceans of our Planet. The animal species portrayed must, of course, be completely wild.

Thematic Category 09 – Landscape.

Images of any of the natural paradises still found on our Planet.

Thematic Category 10 – Creative.

The images submitted in this category must propose new visions of the natural world that go beyond the obvious. Using a visual language centered on colors, shapes, tones and textures, with a strong emphasis on abstraction and originality, the aim of this category is to seduce, surprise, arouse emotions and help the viewer to surrender to contemplation. 

Thematic Category 11 - Other Animals

Images of any other animal not mentioned in categories 6 to 8, such as macros of insects, or images of reptiles or amphibians. The jury will especially appreciate that the images have been taken “in situ” without handling the animal – something that must be declared by the photographers in the description.


Respect for nature must prevail over any activity carried out in the natural environment. This code of ethics is the declaration of basic principles for the practice of our activity established by AEFONA in order to urge all its partners and followers to assume it as a personal commitment.

We reward images that help us reflect on the relationship, positive or negative, of human beings with the natural environment.

We also want to celebrate the immense beauty of our planet and the species that inhabit it.


Specialists in photography and nature

Marcus Westberg

Marcus Westberg



Photography is about sharing stories. These stories are the stories of others, other people, animals, places and events, and while it’s not something I consciously seek, I find that my photography tends to focus on the strength, integrity, affinity and love that I see around me.

Adriana Claudia Sanz

Adriana Claudia Sanz


Adriana Claudia Sanz has lived in Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina since she was very young, where she developed a strong contact and bond with nature. Her mastery in the environment allows her to dedicate herself to caring for it and that is where she discovers photography.

Today she is dedicated to both passions. In her photos, she seeks to dignify the photographed subject by incorporating her artistic vision into each image, reflecting her interpretation of reality. She is a member of AFONA and Portfolio Natural; She is a speaker at congresses, a jury at competitions, she participates in exhibitions and activities to disseminate books and magazines. She several times awarded in international competitions.

Alfonso Lario

Alfonso Lario


Photographer for more than 40 years, he has focused on nature. To his early naturalist vocation, he added his studies and work as an ornithologist and scientific bird bander. He regularly collaborates in wildlife monitoring activities.

Sol de la Quadra-Salcedo

Sol de la Quadra-Salcedo



Sol de la Quadra-Salcedo trained as an architect at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM), is an Expert in Landscape Design and Management at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and is completing a Master’s in Social Communication of Scientific Research at the International University of Valencia (VIU). He learned from his teacher, the explorer and visionary Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo, a legacy: “The Value of Adventure” to go beyond limits, feel and spread to Know, Respect and Protect our Nature.

His passion for translating the way of perceiving the environment of the living beings that surround us, together with the investigation of the latest technologies, since the beginning of the Internet, has led him to teach the youngest ways of looking at our nature from amazement.

She has collaborated multiple times with institutions of the highest prestige, such as National Geographic, the National Parks Network and the National Museum of Natural Sciences.


Arturo de Frias

Arturo de Frias


I have been photographing the most remote and extreme habitats of the planet, and the most endangered animal species for 20 years. I enjoy photographing any animal and any landscape, but I have my preferences: the polar regions, the oceans (especially cetaceans and sharks), the Spanish fauna (especially the bear, the wolf and the lynx), and Africa (a continent I have visited more than 20 times).

“Deadline extended two more days, until September 12th at 23:59h”









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