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 53 years, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill and narrative excellence. It recognises, rewards and celebrates the work of both emerging talent and established professionals worldwide.
There is a Adult Competition cattegorie that consists of 16 categories (Animals in Their Environment, Animal Portraits, Amphibians and Reptiles, Birds, Invertebrates, Mammals, Plants and Fungi, Underwater, Urban Wildlife, Earth’s Environments, Black and White, Creative Visions, Wildlife Photojournalist: Single Image, Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Photo Story, Rising Star Portfolio Award (ages 18 to 26), Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award (ages 27 and over)), while the Young Competition cattegorie consists of 3 age group categories (10 Years and Under, 11-14 Years, 15-17 Years).
Guidelines for both 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.
• No borders, watermarks or signatures should be included.
Entrants whose work has been shortlisted will be required to provide the following: RAW files (eg .CR2, .NEF, .ORF, .PEF etc), original untouched JPEGs, and original transparencies or negatives, will be required for authentication. DNG files are only permitted if this is the native RAW format of the camera;
High resolution files (preferably TIFF) required for printing should be 8-bit, Adobe RGB (1998) at full resolution, and match the colour and cropping of the JPEG submitted at entry. Please do not upscale. Files must not exceed 500MB.
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.
Ownership of the copyright in all images submitted to the competition will remain with the copyright owner(s).
Entry in the Young Competition is free. Entry fee for photographers 18 and over30 GBP. There is no entry fee for photographers 17 and under.
Who can participate? ⇣
The Competition comprises an Adult Competition open to photographers aged 18 and over, and a Young Competition open to photographers aged 17 and under.