For 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill and narrative excellence. This is your chance to be a part of our future.
Take part in the 50th competition to be part of a much-loved competition that recognises, rewards and celebrates the work of both emerging talent and established professionals worldwide. Take centre stage at the glittering 50th Wildlife Photography of the Year awards ceremony held within the iconic surroundings of the Natural History Museum. See your image premiered in the breath-taking exhibition at the Museum before it is then toured worldwide reaching an audience of millions. Enjoy extensive media coverage and the public exposure of your image through the WPY online community and much more…
The Adult Competition consists of ten (10) Single Image Categories and four (4) Special Award Categories:
(iii) Amphibians and Reptiles
(v) Plants and Fungi
(vi) Underwater Species
(vii) Earth’s Environments
(viii) World in Our Hands
(ix) Black and White
(x) Natural Design
(xi) Special Award: Rising Star Portfolio Award
(xii) Special Award: TIMElapse Award
(xiii) Special Award: Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award
(xiv) Special Award: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award
There are three age groups categories as well as a special award for young entrants.
1. 10 Years and Under
2. 11-14 Years
3. 15-17 Years
4. NEW special interactive award: WILD-I – one submission per entrant of six still images and up to 150 words of text plus an optional 90 seconds of moving image
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.
Contest Prize & TERMS
Adult category winner: £1,250 and medal and trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
Special award: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Rising Star Portfolio Award winner: £1,750 and trophy, BBC Wildlife Magazine field assignment and trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
Special award: TimeLapse winner: £2,000 and trophy and trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
Special award: Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award winner: £2,500 and trophy and trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Best Portfolio winner: £7,500 and trophy and trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
Adult category finalists - any position: certificate and invitation to the awards ceremony in London
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year: £1,000 and trophy, two-day field workshop with an experienced photographer to explore technical and creative development **
Young category winner: £500 and medal, be considered for grand title – Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, trip to London for awards ceremony, year’s subscription to BBC Wildlife Magazine and one-day WPY Academy *
Special interactive award winner: WILD-I: £750 and medal, trip to London to attend the awards ceremony, year’s subscription to BBC Wildlife Magazine, Natural History Museum field assignment and one-day WPY Academy *
Young category finalist: certificate, trip to London to attend the awards ceremony, year’s subscription to BBC Wildlife Magazine and one-day WPY Academy *
ELIGIBILITY: Open to All
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 Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: Each entry must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
The entrant must either be the sole owner of the copyright in the image(s) submitted or have secured the written permission of the copyright owner or any joint owners of copyright to enter the image(s) into the Competition. A copy of any such written permission must be supplied to the Organisers on request.
Ownership of the copyright in all images submitted to the Competition will remain with the copyright owner(s)
USAGE RIGHTS: By entering the Competition, the entrant grants to the Organisers (and the right for the Organisers to sub-licence those rights, including to BBCW) a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their awarded image(s) and copies of their awarded image(s) in all media throughout the world in relation to the Competition and the Competition Exhibition and Touring Exhibition including (but not limited to) use as set out in Clause 7 and in the context of:
(i) judging the Competition;
(ii) display during the Awards, Competition Exhibition and Touring Exhibition;
(iii) publication in the Portfolio Magazine and/or similar;
(iv) publication in BBC Wildlife Magazine in relation to the Competition and/or Competition Exhibition and Touring Exhibition;
(v) publication on the Owners' Websites including within interactive elements associated with the Competition and/or Competition Exhibition and Touring Exhibition available for viewing or download from the Owners’ Websites;
(vi) promotional materials (including social media) relating to the Competition and/or Competition Exhibition and Touring Exhibition.
The awarded images will feature in the Portfolio Book and the photographers will be paid the Organiser's standard fee. Other commercial opportunities may exist for awarded photographers to benefit from the use of their image. Where a commercial benefit is likely to arise, permission will be sought by the Organisers in advance. Examples include:
(i) publication on the cover of the Portfolio Book;
(ii) inclusion in merchandising associated with the Competition and/or the Competition Exhibition and Touring Exhibition.
Awarded images may be used by the Organisers for the purposes of promoting the Competition and/or Competition Exhibition and Touring Exhibition from the date of notification of awarded images until the end of the Competition Exhibition and Touring Exhibition and thereafter the Organisers may keep the awarded images within an archive (electronic or otherwise) provided that should the images be used in connection with the Competition and/or Competition Exhibition or Touring Exhibition after the period of five (5) years following the notification of awarded images, permission will be sought from the entrant and from the entrant’s parent or guardian if the entrant is aged under 18 on the date on which permission is sought.