Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2020 - Photography competition


Call for photographers: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2020 is now open for entries!

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2020

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2020, annual photo competition organised by Natural History Museum, like every year calling all photographers, professional or amateur worldwide to put nature in the frame and to see work that raises awareness of the beauty and fragility of the natural world.


The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020, 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.

...your wildlife photography has the power to inspire, excite and amaze. Great images of nature transform the way people look at the natural world, challenge opinion and stimulate debate.
The Competition comprises an Adult Competition consisting of 16 categories and open to photographers aged 18 and over, and a Young Competition of 3 age group categories open to photographers aged 17 and under.

Images in Young Competition category can range from animal portraiture, action or behaviour, as well as the wider habitats of wildlife, to artistic interpretations of the natural world. They will be judged on their quality, style and originality.

Submission requirements:

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. No borders, watermarks or signatures should be included.
• Caption information must be complete, true and accurate, and provide the following description (behaviour observed, background story, exact location if any bait was used, and if so, of what nature if the species is of scientific interest)
You can enter the same image into more than one category. Black and white images can be entered into all 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.

Digital adjustments including tone and contrast, burning, dodging, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction, minor cleaning work (e.g. removal of sensor dust or scratches on transparencies/scans, removal of chromatic aberration), HDR, stitched panoramas, focus stacking and in-camera multiple exposure taken at the same location at the same time (as a continuous sequence - seconds or minutes apart) are permitted.

The following digital adjustments – but not limited to these – are not allowed: adding, moving or removing objects, animals or parts of animals, plants, people etc; the removal of dirt, highlights, backscatter, bubbles, debris and similar; composites, painting the foreground / painting out the background.

An independent panel of experts judges will select and award approximately 100 entries from the Adult and Young Competitions.

From those entries selected by the Jury from the Adult Competition, the following awards will be given: Category Highly Commended, Category Winner and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Only Category Winners will be considered by the Jury for Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The Jury reserves the right to also include for consideration 1 image selected by them from the Category Winner of each of the following multiple image categories: Wildlife Photojournalist Photo Story Award, Rising Star Portfolio Award (ages 18 to 26), Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award (ages 27 and over). Winners of Special Awards will not be considered for Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

A further 25 images from the Finals of the Adult Competition and the Young Competition will be selected by the Natural History Museum and made available to the public for three months for an online vote. These entries will be specially promoted including via social media and through any print or commercial partners of the Owners. The entry with the most votes will receive the Lumix People’s Choice Special Award, with the next four most popular entries regarded as Special Award Highly Commended.

Winners will be contacted by 23 March 2020.

Wildlife Photography of the Year 2020 Awards Ceremony will be held within the iconic surroundings of the Natural History Museum in London, UK.

Entry fees:

Entry in the Young Competition is free. Entry in the Adult Competition is 30 GBP.


The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 is open to everyone worldwide. The Adult Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over on 12 December 2019.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be awarded with 10,000 GBP and trophy and Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year with be awarded with 1,000 GBP, trophy and personalised certificate.

The winner images will be premiered in the breath-taking exhibition at the Museum before it is then toured worldwide reaching an audience of millions and will enjoy extensive media coverage and the public exposure of their images through the WPY online community and much more.

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