Competition

Awards and prizes

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Jim Brandenburg, chair of the jury, says: 'It takes courage to put your photos forward, but the rewards for those who do are enormous. When I won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 25 years ago, it opened doors for me. The publicity it generates is astonishing, so I really want to encourage every professional and dedicated amateur to think about entering. It can be a career-defining move.'

Reasons to enter the 50th competition

  • 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…

Wildlife Photographer of the Year adult competition awards

1. Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Best Single Image

  • £10,000 and trophy

2. Adult category winner

  • £1,250 and medal
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

3. Special award: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Rising Star Portfolio Award winner

  • £1,750 and trophy
  • BBC Wildlife Magazine field assignment
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

4. Special award: TimeLapse winner

  • £2,000 and trophy
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

5. Special award:  Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award winner

  • £2,500 and trophy
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

6. Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Best Portfolio winner

  • £7,500 and trophy
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

7. Adult category finalists - any position

  • certificate
  • invitation to the awards ceremony in London

Young competition awards

1. Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • £1,000 and trophy
  • two-day field workshop with an experienced photographer to explore technical and creative development **

2. 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
  • one-day WPY Academy *

3. 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
  • one-day WPY Academy *

4. Young category finalist

  • certificate
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
  • year’s subscription to BBC Wildlife Magazine
  • one-day WPY Academy *

*One-day WPY Academy held in London during the week of the awards ceremony
**Two-day field workshop to be taken within one year of the awards ceremony

DISCLAIMER: The prizes are non-transferable. The Organisers reserve the right to substitute the whole or part of any listed prize with an alternative of equal monetary value (but the entrant shall not have any right to demand this). Please note that the prizes must be claimed within one year of the award ceremony unless otherwise specified or will be forfeited.