The competition is open to everyone. Previously published images as well as images that have been submitted to other competitions are eligible. The images must be the original work of the photographer and she/he must be the sole owner of all the rights to her/his photographs. If there are identifiable people in the photographs, the photographer must have the permission to publish the images from those people.  


Detailed rules and instructions for submitting images are found under each category.

The awarded pictures will be gathered into an exhibition that will be on display at Kuusamo Hall in September 2020.
Afterwards, the exhibition will also tour various nature centres owned by Metsähallitus.

Entries to the competition can only be submitted in digital format online.  A maximum of five entries can be submitted to each category. 


Category A: Hannu Hautala Prize

Images of all natural phenomena (landscapes, plants, birds, mammals etc.) can be submitted to this category.

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Category B: Art of Nature

You can submit any images of nature to this category. The image should be one file produced by the camera, for example, HDR, focus stacking, multiple exposure, or an image produced by intentional camera movement.  The jury will focus on open-minded vision, impressions the image conveys, creative vision, and visual aesthetics. Digitally manipulated images are not eligible.  

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Category C Instagram: Children and Youngsters

Any images of nature are eligible in this category, including digitally manipulated images. The upper age limit is 16 years. There is no lower age limit. The entries are submitted via the Instagram service by tagging uploaded images with hashtags #ksnature, #koillissanomat and #kuusamonaturephoto20.     

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Category D Instagram: Ruka-Kuusamo Coordinates of Nature

The competition is entered via Instagram by tagging uploaded images and videos with hashtags #coordinatesofnature and #kuusamonaturephoto20. 

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Image specifications

Only basic image editing is allowed in all categories (cropping, sharpening, adjustments of tonal values, moderate partial adjustments of the image, removal of sensor dust, noise reduction, etc). The image can be colour-toned or converted into black-and-white. Combining panoramic images, HDR, and focus stacking is permitted in landscape images. However, the image entered to this category should be as natural as possible and truthfully express and interpret the mood and atmosphere of the depicted moment. The format of the photograph is free. The maximum file size is 3 MB.

Trick photos or otherwise manipulated images are not eligible for entry!

Entry fee

The competition entry fee is €30 per photographer.
Participation in Categories C and D (via Instragram) is free.


Entry fees (for Categories A and B) must be paid to the organiser's bank account no later than on the closing date of the competition. 

Danske Bank
Payee: Kuusamo Town
IBAN: FI56 8000 1800 8610 16
Reference/ Message to Payee: Nature Photo/Competition + participant’s name 

File size, file naming and uploading

Image file size: Entries to all categories must be submitted as digital files (jpg files) of the highest possible quality, with 1920 pixels along the longest length (width or height). The files can even be digitized files from slides or negatives. A maximum of five (5) images can be submitted to each category. Entries to the competition can only uploaded online.
NB! A separate entry form must be filled in and submitted to each category you wish to enter images to. 

The naming of entered image files: category code_image number_image name_alias of photographer.jpg (for example, A_1_otter_gyrogearloose.jpg).
NB! Numbers cannot be added to the name after the extension .jgp. The metadata of each image must contain the photographer’s name, email address and telephone number.   


The entries to the competition can be uploaded at the webpage of each category. The upload link will close on 10 July 2020 at 23:59 (11:59pm). 

Original files

You do not need to send original files when submitting your entries. All the awarded photographers will be asked to send the original image/original file in the beginning of August, no later than in week 31. The original file must be sent to the jury within one week from the request. Original files are original untouched camera files: RAW, DNG, CR2, NEF, TIF, etc.  In case of scans of slides or negatives, the original file is the slide or negative.  


Jonna Kalliomäki (Chair), Paavo Hamunen, Mika Honkalinna, and Eeva Mäkinen as the changing jury member. 

By entering the competition, a photographer agrees to follow the competition rules. The jury can disqualify an image that breaks the rules even after the selection and announcement of the winning images. The jury’s decisions will be final.   


The results will be announced on our website and our social media outlets. They will also be widely covered in the media.

The organiser's intellectual property rights to the images

The organisers of the competition have the right to use the awarded images free of charge for the purpose of Kuusamo Nature Photo news coverage and marketing in both print and electronic media, and also in the touring exhibition presenting the results of the competition. In addition to that, Kuusamo Nature Photo may show non-awarded photos free of charge in a multimedia presentation about the competition that will be shown when the winners are announced at Kuusamo Hall.       

The results of the competition and the winning images will be published on Kuusamo Nature Photo website and other social media outlets, as well as in various newspapers and on their websites and on other news channels.   

Images entered to the competition or their rights will not be sold to a third party, nor will the images be used commercially without a separate consent from the photographer.   



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