Adult competition | Wildlife Photographer of the Year


Wildlife Photographer of the Year uses photography to challenge perceptions about the natural world, helping to promote sustainability and the conservation of wildlife.

We celebrate biodiversity, evolution and the origins of life, and aim to inspire a greater understanding of nature.

We champion ethical wildlife photography. This means we advocate faithful representations of the natural world that are free from excessive digital manipulation, accompanied by honest captions and that display total respect for animals and their environments.

Earth's Diversity

1. Mammals
2. Birds
3. Reptiles, Amphibians and Fishes
4. Invertebrates
5. Plants and Fungi  

Share your images of wild species, from the familiar to the less known, the widespread to the endangered, and the rarely observed to the often misunderstood. Submissions should focus on behaviour, action or portraits, depicting a sense of character, intimacy or uniqueness.

Earth's Environments

6. Underwater
7. On land
8. In the Skies
9. Urban

Celebrate the extraordinary diversity of the environments that frame the world's wildlife. From extreme physical spaces to sublime landscapes, and from dramatic natural phenomena to the quiet spectacle of the commonplace, submissions should embrace wild or manmade surroundings and the life within them, illustrating nature's resilience. Your image can connect with the theme from any perspective that seems appropriate to you and your style of work.

Earth's Design

10. Detail

Reveal Earth's rich patterns, textures, structure and forms from an abstract or illustrative viewpoint. Submissions should expose the intricate organisation and composition of the world.

11. Impressions

Depict nature from an artistic perspective. Personal style should complement aesthetic vision and in-camera creativity, inspiring fresh ways of seeing or challenging familiar views.  

12. Black and White

Explore the world of monochrome, using the graphic strength and tonal range to challenge the emotive power of colour. Submissions should clearly demonstrate the distinctive ability of black and white photography to emphasise the form and nature of the subject.


13. Wildlife Photojournalist: Single Image
14. Wildlife Photojournalist: Photo Story Award

Investigate the complex relationships between humans and the natural world through the narrative power of photography. Challenging or uplifting, provocative or revelatory, submissions should bring to mind how our attitudes, decisions and actions impact the natural world.

Enter photo stories of up to 10 images, from which our jury will select a maximum of six.


15. Rising Star Portfolio Award (aged 18 to 25)
16. Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award (for ages 26 and over)

Demonstrate clarity of vision and artistic intent to produce an inspirational body of work. Submissions should show a breadth of skill while illustrating the passion, dedication, and expertise needed to create a consistent collection of captivating images.

Enter portfolios of up to 10 images from which our jury will select a maximum of six.