A hawk inspects its feet while perched on a snowy branch

“Cold Feet,” by Jack Turner. One of the winning photos from the 2020 winter challenge.

Where do you find life and beauty in the dead of winter? Share your inspirational winter photos for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)’s 2021 Winter Photo Challenge. A panel of judges will choose 12 winning photos to feature on SERC’s social media for a 12 Nights of Solstice celebration starting Dec. 21.

This year’s theme is “Life While Nature Sleeps.” Creative interpretations encouraged! You may submit up to three photos. Entries will be judged by 1) adherence to the theme; 2) artistic beauty; and 3) creativity and originality. Send your submissions by Monday, Dec. 6, 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Submit your photos and see last year’s winners

Read the full contest rules