From the deepest ocean to the tallest mountain, the search for the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007 has begun.
Originality, a love for the natural world and a camera are all it takes to enter the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, the world's longest-running and most prestigious wildlife photographic contest.
Entrants can win an impressive £10,000 prize if they become the overall individual winner, the highest prize ever offered in this competition. Category winners and runners up will also share in the £23,550 prize pool.
Open to both amateurs and professionals of all ages and nationalities, the competition last year attracted more than 18,000 entries from 55 countries. Entries are now open and all images must be submitted by 23 March 2007 (postal) or 30 March 2007 (online).
The new One Earth Award and category will be given to the image that best highlights the interaction between man and the natural world. And the new adult category, Wild Choice, is for fresh and new images that entrants feel don't have a place in other categories.
'There are no hard and fast rules to explain why one photograph wins a competition and another doesn't, but there is one key ingredient - originality,' explains Chairman of the judging panel, Mark Carwardine. 'The judges are looking for something that stops them in their tracks.'
Winning images are featured in a special supplement to the November issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine. The winning and commended images will go on display at the Natural History Museum, London, from 27 October 2007 before touring the UK and worldwide. They will also feature in a hardback commemorative book by BBC Books.