Thank you for participating in The 2022 JACKSON WILD MEDIA AWARDS


Full Category List & Descriptions:

The Entry Terms & Conditions:

Media Entry Guidelines:

The Special Category Entry Requirements:

Jackson Wild Media Awards FAQs:

WARNING: This system DOES NOT retain information once a session ends due to the browser closing or the session timing out. You must check out before closing the browser or leaving the session inactive for a long period of time or the entered information will be lost. If you have a large number of entries to submit: please do so in increments, to prevent the system from timing out. You may download a preview of the entry form to prepare the required information HERE.


-A Video File of the Full Film limited to 2.5GB in size, to be uploaded via a link that will be emailed to you after completing entry. This is the file we will use for the competition judging via our secure, private Vimeo channel. If your film is selected as a finalist you will have an opportunity to submit a higher resolution file.

-A Still Image JPEG Representing the Submission: 1920x1080 Format, Limited in Size to 5MB Maximum to be uploaded below the synopsis in the registration form(DO NOT attempt to upload a different type of image file, or a JPEG larger than 5MB, doing so will cause an error in the system) Please Note: Most entry technical issues are related to the image file upload, if you have trouble submitting the entry form please try submitting again without uploading an image file. As an alternative you may email the still image file as an attachment to with the film title in the subject line after entry, please.

-Full Credits

-A Brief Synopsis (100 words or less)

-General Contact Information for the Film (to be entered on the registration form)

-The Email Address of the Party Responsible for Submission and Entry Materials (to be entered on the check-out form)

-For the Breakthrough Film, Limited Series, Student, Sound, Writing Categories: Please prepare to submit any additional required materials listed HERE

To begin, please scroll down and select the appropriate category for your entry. (For full descriptions of the categories CLICK HERE.) Films are welcome and encouraged to compete in multiple categories, but each category does carry its own entry fee.

Once you have successfully and fully checked out of the system, you will receive an automated confirmation email and an automated video upload link email to the address entered upon check out. If you do not receive the confirmation or the link please wait one hour and check any spam folders, then try again or contact

If you have any questions or concerns before you proceed please contact: or call 1 (307) 200-3286 ext. 3

For recognitions geared towards alternative forms of media and other achievements in the nature media industry please see our Special Jury Recognitions.

Thank you! Good Luck in the Competition!

Films produced in any language are welcome to enter, English subtitles must be provided for judging. Film must have been completed on or after June 1st, 2021 to enter.


Media Entry


Films between 5 and 20 minutes in runtime submit a single entry for consideration in content categories and the craft category of cinematography.
Awarded to the film that most effectively examines animal behavior in an innovative and illuminating way.
Awarded to the film that most effectively explores a habitat and the interconnectivity of its unique ecosystem.
Awarded to the film that most effectively relates conservation issues and/or solutions and the individuals, groups or projects dedicated to the protection of a species, ecosystem, resource or any other aspect of the natural world.
Awarded to the film that most effectively illuminates the forces affecting both our planet in the face of catastrophic climate change and biodiversity collapse, including social and environmental issues, equity and justice, public policy, community conser
Awarded to the film that best encompasses the role of humanity as an interdependent part of nature, and how our relationship with nature is critical to our spiritual, social, cultural and personal identity as well as our health and prosperity.


Awarded for the combined contribution of sound editing, production mixing and post-production mixing that most enhances the natural history story of which it is a part.
Awarded for the cinematography that most enhances the natural history story of which it is a part.
Awarded for the editing that most enhances the natural history story of which it is a part.
Awarded for the original musical score that most enhances the natural history story of which it is a part.
Awarded for the writing that most enhances a natural history story through the union of storyline, dialog and narration. A word document or PDF of the script (in English) must be submitted in addition to the standard submission requirements.


For outstanding achievement in nature related filmmaking in the face of adversity or limitations. Prioritizing films that are non-commissioned and not currently in commercial distribution.
Awarded to the limited series that most effectively advances a natural history theme. Individual episodes may be entered into other categories. Entrants submit two episodes that best represent the series.
Prioritizing productions led by media makers in non-Western regions including but not limited to Asia, Africa,Central and South America, the Middle East, Micronesia and Indigenous communities around the world.
Awarded to the host, presenter, onscreen investigative journalist or collection of expert onscreen commentators that best engage the viewer while communicating the knowledge, message, mission and spirit of a film related to our natural world.
Awarded to the most effective and compelling film under five minutes in runtime that best advances an understanding or appreciation of the natural world.
Awarded to the feature-length film, 75 minutes or longer in runtime, factual or narrative, that best advances an understanding or appreciation of the natural world.
Presented in recognition of the program that best communicates an appreciation or understanding of the natural world, produced by a student currently enrolled or no more than 2 years out of an academic program.