Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2021, organised by Natural History Museum, is now open for entries calling on photographers worldwide to put nature in the frame, helping to promote sustainability and the conservation of wildlife. It recognises, rewards and celebrates the work of both emerging talent and established professionals worldwide.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world. An image can alter the way we see, think and feel. Whether captured in the most remote wilderness or taken in the intimacy of your own backyard, a truly great image of Nature can change our worldview.
For the past 56 years, this competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill and narrative excellence.
Ownership of the copyright in all images submitted to the competition will remain with the copyright owner(s).
NOTE! Submission will open on 19 October 2020.
The Adult Competition consists of 16 categories, while the Young Competition of 3 age group categories for photographers aged 17 and under.
You can enter the same image into more than one category. Black and white images can be entered into all categories.
➜ Submissions must be in digital format but the original entry does not need to have been taken on a digital camera. High quality scans of transparencies or negatives are also acceptable.
➜ Digital files must be submitted as JPEGs, saved at a high quality setting of at least 8 in Photoshop, Adobe RGB (1998) , and at 1920 pixels along the longest dimension.
➜ You may submit a total of 25 photos into the competition across the following categories.
Entrants are required to report on the natural world in a way that is both creative and honest. Images entered must not attempt to deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality of nature. Entrants must not do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure an image.
The panel will be looking for photographic excellence, artistic merit, relevance to themes of biodiversity and sustainability, freshness of composition, technical proficiency, innovation, narrative form and ethical practice - so these should be reflected in all submissions.
Wildlife Photography of the Year 2021 awards ceremony will be held within the iconic surroundings of the Natural History Museum in London, UK.
Entry in the Young Competition is free. Entry in the Adult Competition is 30 GBP (35 GBP in the last week of the entry period).
Who can participate? ⇣
Open to amateur and professional photographers worldwide.
Benefics for the winners:
➜ see your image premiered in a breathtaking exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London before it embarks on a global tour, reaching an audience of millions
➜ enjoy extensive international media coverage and public exposure of your image through the Wildlife Photographer of the Year online community
➜ attend the glittering Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards ceremony, hosted in the Natural History Museum s iconic building in London
The winner of the Adult Competition will receive 10,000 GBP (approx. 12,940 USD), trophy and personalised certificate. The winner of the Young Competitionwill receive 1,000 GBP, trophy and personalised certificate.