Adult competition


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.    

WPY 53 is now open.

Key dates

Competition opens on 24 October 2016.

Competition closes on 15 December 2016 at 11.30 GMT.

Original and high-resolution files requested from 25 January 2017 until 10 February 2017 at 11.30 GMT.  

Winners will be contacted by 17 March 2017.


There are 16 adult categories.


Read the rules before entering the competition and submitting images.

Translations of adult categories and rules

Available to download in 12 languages.

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