Philip Hyde Grant

The application period for the 2019 Philip Hyde Grant is September 1 to October 31. Applications for this award are only accepted online.  

This $2,500 grant is awarded annually by the NANPA Foundation to an individual NANPA member who is actively pursuing completion of a peer-reviewed environmental project that is consistent with the missions of NANPA and the NANPA Foundation. For more information on Philip Hyde, please see his website.

  • A bald eagle on the Anacostia River, Washington DC. Photo by Krista Schlyere, 2016 Philip Hyde Grant recipient.
  • Four Holes Swamp, Francis Beidler Forest, South Carolina. Photo by 2018 Philip Hyde Grant Recipient Mac Stone.
  • Pacific fisher are being poisoned by rodenticides and other toxins used during grow operations. Photo by 2017 Philip Hyde Grant Recipient Morgan Heim.
  • Trash and other pollution in the Anacostia River watershed. Photo taken in the US Arboretum by Krista Schlyer, 2016 Philip Hyde Grant recipient.
  • North American beaver (Castor canadensis) on the Anacostia River, Washington DC metro region. USA. July 2014. Photo by Krista Schlyer, 2016 Philip Hyde Grant recipient.
  • All that glitters is not gold. Each light represents marijuana plants that once grew within this stretch of the High Sierra National Forest in California. A single grow can range from a thousand to tens of thousands of plants. Photo by 2017 Philip Hyde Grant Recipient Morgan Heim.
  • A yellow bellied slider and American alligator soak up the sun on a submerged log in the Francis Beidler Forest, South Carolina. Photo by 2018 Philip Hyde Grant Recipient Mac Stone.
  • Francis Beidler Forest, Harleyville, South Carolina. Photo by 2018 Philip Hyde Grant Recipient Mac Stone.


Grant Criteria

  1. The grant will be awarded to an individual who is working on an existing project designed to improve, protect or preserve the condition of the environment.
  2. Recipient must be a NANPA member.
  3. Still photography must be an integral component in the environmental project. Projects which incorporate multimedia (video, film, time-lapse stills and audio) are eligible for the grant, but still photography must be at the core of the project.
  4. The environmental project may involve either wildlife or habitat protection or conservation.
  5. The environmental significance and the viability of the project will be the major selection criteria in awarding the grant. The grant applications are reviewed and scored by a panel of reviewers. A total of 100 points are available on each review sheet. These two criteria account for 80 of those points.
  6. The grant is not to be used as seed money for research or to purchase basic photography or computer equipment.
  7. The environmental project must already be underway.
  8. The environmental project need not occur in North America, but North American projects will receive 5 points on each panelists review sheet.
  9. All elements of the project must be performed within the legal parameters of local, regional, state and federal governments.
  10. Applications are only accepted online. Supporting materials may be attached electronically to the application and/or URLs may be provided in the application as additional resources regarding the project.
  11. A grant recipient may apply for the following year’s grant, whether for a new project or a project which previously was awarded the Philip Hyde Grant. Preference will be given to applicants who have not yet received the Philip Hyde Grant.
  12. A closing report shall be furnished to the NANPA Foundation no later than 90 days from the time the grant money has been completely allocated toward expenses. If all of the grant funding has not been allocated by March 31, 2020, an annual report is due at that time, followed by a closing report once grant funds have been completely expended.
  13. We strongly encourage recipients to attend NANPA’s Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show to accept the grant award. Because attendance would be at the recipient’s expense, it is not mandatory.
  14. Should the grant not be awarded in a given year, due to a lack of qualifying grant proposals, the grant money may either be awarded as an additional grant in the following year or be used by the NANPA Foundation for an environmental education project of its choosing.
  15. The NANPA Foundation may alter the Philip Hyde Environmental Grant qualifications and/or award criteria in any way which enhances the NANPA Foundation’s mission.

Additional Guidance to Applicants


Application Process

To apply, complete and submit the online application form. Applications will be accepted online only. No mailed applications will be accepted. Application deadline is October 31, 2019 at 11:00pm EDT. Be sure to attach all relevant materials to your online application.

Past Recipients

2018 – Mac Stone, Old Growth: Ancient Swamps of the South
2017 – Morgan Heim, Trepass: The Environmental Costs of Marijuana Cultivation on Public Land
2016 – Krista Schlyer, Anacostia River
2015 – Alison M. Jones, No Water No Life
2014 – David Herasimtschuk, Hidden Rivers: The Freshwater Biodiversity of the Southern Appalachia
2012 – Jaime Rojo, San Pedro Mezquital River, Mexico
2011 – Beth Huning, Turning the Tide: San Francisco Bay Area Wetland Restoration
2010 – Paul Colangelo, Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey
2009 – Joe Riis, Pronghorn Passage
2008 – Amy Gulick, The Tongass National Forest, Alaska
2007 – Jenny Ross, The Salton Sea
2006 – Florian Schulz, Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam
2006 – Stan Buman, Loess Hills: Restoring the Image
2005 – C.C. Lockwood, The Vanishing Marsh: Two Views
2004 – Ned Therrien, Monadnock Conservancy
2004 – Wendy Shattil and Robert Rozinski, Jewels of Colorado
2002 – Rich Reid, Gaviota Coast, California
2001 – Rich Reid, Gaviota Coast, California
2000 – Thomas Mark Szelog, Save Our Seals
1999 – Gary Braasch, World View of Global Warming