The Montier Photo Festival started over 24 years ago when a group of friends with a passion for photography and wildlife decided to organize a fair showcasing the prestigious « Wildlife Photographer of the Year » competition exhibition – then organized by the BBC Wildlife Magazine and the London Natural History Museum – the world’s most important competition for wildlife photography.

This first event welcomed about 4,000 visitors in 2 days. One year later the « fair » turned into a « festival ». The Organization for the Wildlife and Nature Photo Festival (i.e. AFPAN « l’Or Vert ») was thus founded.

The festival has quickly become a must-attend event for both amateur and professional photographers as well as nature lovers and the general public. Every year, key figures from different fields are invited to be patrons of the festival, such as Allain BOUGRAIN-DUBOURG, Yann ARTHUS-BERTRAND, Hubert REEVES, Nicolas VANNIER, Matthieu RICARD, Isabelle AUTISSIER, Dr Bindeshwar PATHAK, Gilles BOEUF, Louis ESPINASSOUS, Jacques PERRIN.

The festival also welcomes outstanding French and foreign photographers such as Vincent MUNIER, Jim BRANDENBURG, Tim LAMAN, Frans LANTING, Steve WINTER, James BALOG and recently Kyriakos KAZIRAS and REZA.

  • being the sole owner of the work submitted and having the copyrights and permission to use its content
  • showing their interest in the environment and being mindful of the welfare of wildlife and habitats.
  • ensuring full compliance with any national or international legislation regarding protected species and habitats where the image was taken.

Much importance will be given to the personal work and ethical standards of the photographers, ensuring they comply with the ethics of the competition. Entrants must be able to supply the original image (RAW files or files from the same series or film rushes), explain their work truthfully and accurately and make sure IPTC fields (caption, shooting location …) are filled in.

Categories 1 to 9 will present photos or a video of wilderness – original raw or video rush required. Are allowed: single-shot images that conform to the original, excluding HDR, focus stacking or overprint. The editing is limited to slight modifications to give a realistic view of the scene photographed and without distorting the spirit of the original shooting with the improvement of brightness, contrast or color, recovery, correction optical defects, reversal of reading direction, cropping, black and white processing, and localized retouching.

  1. Wild birds in nature (3 photos maximum)
  2. Wild mammals in nature (3 photos maximum)
  3. Other wild animals in nature (3 photos maximum)
  4. Wild plants (maximum 3 photos)
  5. Graphics, form and matter of nature (3 photos maximum)
  6. Natural landscapes of the world (3 photos maximum)
  7. Still image sequences representing a homogeneous sequence, chronological or harmonious of 3 to 5 images on the previous themes
  8. Film sequence showing a short video of nature (see article 6)
  9. Man and nature (militant or documentary images, 3 photos maximum)
  10. Nature revisited (3 photos maximum)

Will be featured in the “Nature Revisited” category, images using techniques that modify the perception of the original image, such as could not have been achieved in a single shot, software assembly, special technique or effect in the context of aesthetic or creative photographic work that respects the aims and spirit of the competition.

Goussard Montier 2021


The competition is open to any individual photographer except the technical committee, staff and members of the board of directors of AFPAN « l’Or Vert » – the association organizing the Festival – and the judges.
Please read the full competition rules here.


A 40.000 EUR prize package.


If you are a photographer, artist, amateur or professional, send us a submission file by 31 January 2022 !

For more information please visit the official website. 

Mark Griffith

Phd student. I am researching: Scholarships, Fellowships, interships, workshops, volunteers, government subsidies etc.

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