Please enter via our online entry site at: www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com.
If you’ve entered in the past two years, you’re already registered with us so just follow the steps below:
1. Sign in with your registered email address and password.
2. Pay the competition entry fee via your dashboard.
3. Select the categories and/or Special Award you would like to enter and upload and save your files.
If you haven't entered since 2012, you’ll need to register and set up a competition account. Once completed, you’ll be able to use the same email address and password for all future WPY competitions. You can also then follow steps 1 to 3 above.
The Adult Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over on 26 February 2015.
The entry fee is £30 and payment must be made through the online entry system with a credit or debit card. Please visit www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com.
You may submit a total of 20 entries into the Adult Competition.
How many images may I submit per category?
You may enter up to 20 images into all categories other than the following, which have different requirements:
Special Award: TIMElapse
For this category, you may submit a maximum of three moving image sequences of between 45 and 90 seconds
Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Best Photo Story
Rising Star Portfolio Award (ages 18 to 25)
Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award (ages 26 and over)
For these three categories, you may submit between a minimum of six and a maximum of 10 images.
Entries into these categories and the Special Award count towards your 20 images in total.
Once your files have been uploaded and saved, they are automatically included in the competition. You can see the images you’ve entered by clicking on the ‘View your entries’ tab from your dashboard.
Yes, you’re able to sign in, delete or add new files right up until the competition closes at 11.30 GMT on the morning of Thursday 26 February 2015.
Not all website browsers support ‘drag and drop’ functionality. You can upload your files by clicking on ‘Add files’ and then selecting them from your file browser window. Once you’ve selected your files, click ‘Open’ and watch them appear in the upload box. Please select ‘Start upload’ to add your files to the category.
Yes, you may enter previously published images, but please don’t enter images that have already received an award or recognition in another national or international photography competition.
Unless illustrating an issue regarding the treatment of animals by a third party, images of restrained animals or captive animals cannot be entered. Full disclosure of all information relating to how, when and where the image was taken should be included in your image caption. The Jury will then ascertain whether the species featured is, as far as reasonably possible, living a free and wild existence.
We appoint a panel of judges and a chair to evaluate all entries. Each submission is reviewed anonymously. Judging comprises three rounds including an authenticity check to ensure an entry complies with our rules and ethics. The panel will be looking for artistic merit, freshness of composition, technical proficiency, and innovation, so this should be reflected in all submissions.
All Category Winners are considered for the title except those who have won a Special Award.
Digital adjustments including tone and contrast, burning, dodging, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction, minor cleaning work, HDR, stitched panoramas, focus stacking using multiple exposure taken at the same location at the same time, are permitted providing that they are reported within the caption and comply with the Competition’s principles of authenticity so do not misrepresent the reality of nature.
Adding or removing objects (eg animals, animal parts, plants or people) is not permitted.
To check that any adjustments made to the image, comply with our rules.
If the original file has been converted to the DNG format, we’re unable to check if any digital adjustments made fall within the competition rules.
If you’ve converted your original file to DNG, but embedded the original RAW in the DNG during this process, you’ll be able to extract it and submit it as proof of authenticity.
Your entry will be withdrawn from the competition.
For images being printed in the exhibition, you must be able to supply a high resolution file, preferably TIFF, suitable for printing in all media and for inclusion in our exhibition. This should be 8-bit, Adobe RGB (1998) at full resolution. Please do not upscale. Files must not exceed 500MB.
If you’re successful, we’re likely to keep your original transparency until October 2015. If you’re not successful, your transparency or negative will be returned to you by August 2015.
(i) Duplicate or make a copy of the image (keep the original file as this will be needed for authentication). Clear tags, such as ratings and labels.
(ii) Insert image information into the Caption field:
You must include:
You must not include:
(iii) Set the Colour Space to Adobe RGB (1998). Preferably use a calibrated monitor, allowances will not be made for poorly colour managed/corrected images.
(iv) Make any digital adjustments required and permitted within the competition rules.
(v) Save as a TIFF. This should be 8-bit, Adobe RGB (1998) at full resolution and a sufficient file size to be reproduced in all media and exhibitions if successful.
(vi) Open the TIFF above and make a copy. Resize the copy to 1920 pixels on the longest dimension.
(vii) Save the file as a JPEG at a high-quality setting of at least 8 in Photoshop (this is the image that will be judged - there is no set requirement for how to name your file).
Please email us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help.