UK Natural History Museum (NHM) Wildlife Photographer of the Year for Young and Adult Photographers 2018

Wildlife Photographer of the Year calls on photographers worldwide to put nature in the frame. Whether you’re young, old, professional or amateur, we’d like to see work that raises awareness of the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

Application Deadline: 14th December 2017 11.30 GMT.

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken at (country): London, UK

About the Award: For more than 50 years, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, narrative excellence and technical skill. We discover, encourage and reward nature photographers and wildlife ambassadors. Show us life through your lens and make your mark on the world of nature photography.

The competition is organised by  the Natural History Museum, London.

The competition comprises an Adult Competition open to photographers aged 18 and over, and a Young Competition open to photographers aged 17 and under.

  • There are 16 adult categories: [1] Animals in Their Environment; [2] Animal Portraits; [3] Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles; [4] Behaviour: Birds; [5] Behaviour: Invertebrates; [6] Behaviour: Mammals; [7] Plants and Fungi; [8] Underwater; [9] Urban Wildlife; [10] Earth’s Environments; [11] Black and White; [12] Creative Visions; [13] Wildlife Photojournalist: Single Image; [14] Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Photo Story; [15] Rising Star Portfolio Award (ages 18 to 25), [16] Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award (ages 26 and over).
  • There are three age group categories for photographers aged 17 and under: [1] 10 Years and Under; [2] 11-14 Years; [3] 15-17 Years

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Offered Since: 1963

Type: Contest

Eligibility:  

  1. The Competition comprises an Adult Competition open to photographers aged 18 and over, and a Young Competition open to photographers aged 17 and under. Any contact with the Owners regarding the Adult Competition or the Young Competition (unless specified otherwise below) should be via the email address: wildlifephotographeroftheyear@nhm.ac.uk.
  2.  Selected entries to the Competition may be displayed in an exhibition at the Natural History Museum (‘the Exhibition’) and/or toured nationally and internationally (‘the Touring Exhibition’), featured online, in publicity materials relating to the Competition, Exhibition and Touring Exhibition, or as merchandising according to the terms here under.
  3. Entrants are not permitted to submit images that:
    • feature farm animals, family pets, and/or cultivated plants;
    • portray captive or restrained animals, animal models, and/or any other animal being exploited for profit unless for the purposes of reporting on a specific issue regarding the treatment of animals by a third party;
    • have been captured with the use of live bait;
    • have been awarded any prize, recommendation or other award in any international competition before 24 October 2016.
  4. Entrants are required to report on the natural world in a way that is both creative and honest:
    • entries must not deceive the viewer or attempt to disguise and/or misrepresent the reality of nature;
    • caption information supplied must be complete, true and accurate.
  5. Entrants must not do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure an image.
  6. Entrants (or the entrant’s parent or guardian) are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any applicable national or international legislation and for securing any relevant permits that may be required (which, in the case of human portraits and recordings, will include the subject’s permission) and which must be made available on request by the Owners.
  7. If the Owners suspect that an entry has been achieved through the use of cruel or unethical practices, including the use of live bait, the entry will be disqualified and the Owners reserve the right to report the entrant to the applicable authorities.

View other Eligibility Requirements in the Contest Webpage below

Value of Award: 

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 Award: Photo Story

  • £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 finalists

  • 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 finalists

  • personalised certificate
  • invitation to the awards ceremony in London

Visit Contest Webpage for details

Award Provider:  Natural History Museum, London.

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