Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Deadline: December 12, 2019
Entry fee: £30, the young competition – free
Prizes: £1,000, £1,250, £1,500, £2,500, £10,000, valuable prizes, participation in the exhibition

Now in its fifty-third instalment, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography. The competition is owned by the world-renowned and trusted British institution, the Natural History Museum.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year presents an attractive proposition for corporate partners that share the Museum’s principles and values.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year series consists of a major exhibition at the Museum and a worldwide tour. The winning images appear on this website and leading publications worldwide. As a result, the photographs are seen by millions.

Sections

  • Adult Competition
    Photographers aged 18 and over
  • Young Competition
    aged 17 and under

Categories

  • Animals in their Environment
    Evoking atmosphere and a sense of place – with the habitat as a major element of the image -to convey how an animal is an integral part of its environment.
  • Animal Portraits
    Revealing the personality of an individual or an intimate group of animals in a thought-provoking or memorable way.
  • Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles
    Revealing active behaviour that adds to our understanding of the nature of a species.
  • Behaviour: Birds
    Portraying memorable, unusual or dramatic behaviour.
  • Behaviour: Invertebrates
    Revealing the most interesting or memorable behaviour of any of the multitude of smaller animals without backbones – whether on land, in the air or in water.
  • Behaviour: Mammals
    Portraying memorable, unusual or dramatic behaviour.
  • Plants and Fungi
    Conveying the essence of a plant or fungus or portraying its importance or role in its environment or its means of survival.
  • Under Water
    Revealing life under water, whether portraying a particular marine or freshwater environment, focusing on the behaviour of an animal or placing it within the context of a specific underwater location, always with the aesthetics in mind.
  • Urban Wildlife
    Focusing on nature’s occupation or cohabitation in a human-dominated environment, whether capturing the magic of the commonplace or the surprise of the unexpected or normally unseen.
  • Earth’s Environments
    Celebrating the scale and magnitude of Earth’s landforms, the natural forces sculpting them or pure wilderness on a landscape scale, whether seen from the ground or the air.
  • Black and White
    Illustrating how the graphic nature and tonal range of black-and-white photography can simplify the elements, emphasise the form, create drama or add an emotional element to an image, whatever the subject.
  • Creative Visions
    Showing familiar subjects in imaginative ways or revealing from an artistic perspective, the patterns, textures and forms to be found in the natural world.
  • Wildlife Photojournalism
    Investigating the relationship between humans and the natural world. Images can be challenging, uplifting, provocative or revelatory, and should illustrate how our attitudes, decisions and actions impact the natural world.
  • Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award
    Telling a powerful story, these six to ten images should have both individual quality and combined narrative power. Stories can be challenging, uplifting, provocative or revelatory and should illustrate how our attitudes, decisions and actions impact the natural world.
    Tip: enter stories of up to ten images, from which our jury will select a maximum of six.
  • Rising Star Portfolio Award (aged 18 to 26)
    Demonstrating style and artistic intent, this portfolio should show a breadth of skill and vision while illustrating consistent quality and include six to ten images of varying subjects or viewpoints.
  • Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award (aged 27 and over)
    Displaying a selection of the photographer’s best work, whether the images focus on a specific subject or represent a particular approach. This body of work should be both original and outstanding, and include six to ten images.

Enter the competition for a chance to

  • Be part of an internationally renowned competition that recognises, rewards and celebrates the work of emerging talent and established professionals
  • Take centre stage at the glittering Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards ceremony, held within the iconic Natural History Museum building in London
  • See your image premiered in a breathtaking exhibition at the Museum before it embarks on a global tour, reaching an audience of millions
  • Enjoy extensive media coverage and public exposure of your image through the Wildlife Photographer of the Year online community

Awards

For photographers aged 18 or over

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year
    £10,000, trophy and personalised certificate
  • Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award
    £2,500 and personalised certificate
    trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
  • Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award
    £2,500 and personalised certificate
    trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
  • Rising Star Portfolio Award
    £1,500 and personalised certificate
    trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
  • Adult category winners
    £1,250 and personalised certificate
    trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
  • Adult category highly commended
    personalised certificate
    invitation to the awards ceremony in London

For photographers aged 17 and under

  • Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year
    £1,000, trophy and personalised certificate
  • Young category winners
    personalised certificate
    trip to London for awards ceremony
  • Young category highly commended
    personalised certificate
    invitation to the awards ceremony in London

Dates

  • The competition closes on 12 December 2019 at 11.30am GMT.
  • Original and high-resolution files will be requested from 22 January until 7 February 2020 at 11.30am GMT.
  • Winners will be contacted by 23 March 2020.

Entry Fees

  • A one-off non-refundable entry fee of £30.00 is required from each entrant up until 11.29am GMT on Thursday 5 December 2019
  • From 11.30am GMT on Thursday 5 December a one-off non-refundable entry fee of £35.00 is required from each entrant

Website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy.html

 

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