Nactus Award

2018 - 10th edition


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2018 – 10th edition

Nactus 2018

Back with its 10th edition this year, the Nactus Award Competition is an international showcase for the very best reptile and amphibian photography. Both professionals and amateurs are welcome to participate as achieving the perfect picture is down to a mixture of skill, vision, originality, knowledge of nature and luck. Each edition sees thousands of entries which are then judged by a specially selected expert panel. The nominees are announced on the Exo Terra website where public voting will determine the winner of each category. The overall winner will be selected by our jury out of the 6 category winners.


  • Contest start date: June 1, 2018
  • Contest entry closing date: August 31, 2018
  • Public voting start date: September 28, 2018
  • Voting closed: November 30, 2018
  • Announcement winner: December 28, 2018

The competition

The Nactus Award

The Nactus Award is a herpetological photography competition. Its purpose is to discover the best reptile and amphibian pictures by photographers worldwide and to be inspired by their visionary and expressive interpretations of nature. The competition is open to anyone, amateur or professional, of any legal age and of any nationality. As only digital images are accepted in the competition, the judges will place emphasis on ensuring that the images faithfully represent nature.

There are 6 categories in the competition:

  1. Amphibian portraits
  2. Amphibians in their environment
  3. Amphibian behaviour
  4. Reptile portraits
  5. Reptiles in their environment
  6. Reptile behaviour

Don't miss your chance


The Overall Winner receives:

  • DJI Phantom 4 Drone
  • The Exo Terra Nactus Award, a prestigious statuette
  • A ticket to Costa Rica to attend the ceremony
  • A one-week herping trip

All category winners receive:

  • Being part of an internationally renowned reptile photography competition
  • A high-quality print of your photograph, framed with a personalised plaque
  • Featured for one year at several reptile art & photography shows
  • Guaranteed media coverage and exposure of your photograph through the Exo Terra and Nactus Award online community


The competition ended on 31/08/2018 and we are currently reviewing all entries.

Category winners 2017

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