I have personally viewed the winning entries to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition at the Natural History Museum, London, for more years that I can recall. It’s a fabulous competition and one that I look forward to each year. This year is more special than most, it’s the 50th anniversary of this competition. Essentially, 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 recognizes, 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…
Read the details below and to find out even more, go to the Natural History Museum page, here.
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
Younger Age Groups
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.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Best Single Image: £10,000 and trophy
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