Competition

Awards and prizes

Jim Brandenburg 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.'

Enter the competition for a chance to:

  • be part of a much-loved competition that recognises, rewards and celebrates the work of both emerging talent and established professionals
  • take centre stage at the glittering Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards ceremony held within the iconic surroundings of the Natural History Museum in London
  • see your image premiered in a breath-taking exhibition at the Museum before it embarks on a global tour reaching an audience of millions
  • enjoy extensive media coverage and public exposure of your image through the WPY online community
  • and much more...

Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards

For photographers aged 18 or over  

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Award for the Best Single Image

  • £10,000, trophy and personalised certificate

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Award for the Best Portfolio

  • £7,500, medal and personalised certificate
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year: Photo Story Award

  • £2,500, medal and personalised certificate
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

TIMElapse Special Award

  • £1,750, medal and personalised certificate
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

Rising Star Portfolio Award

  • £1,500, medal and personalised certificate
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

Adult category winners

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

Adult category finalists

  • personalised certificate
  • invitation to the awards ceremony in London

For young photographers aged 17 and under

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Award for the Best Single Image

  • £1,000, trophy and personalised certificate
  • two-day pass to WildScreen Photography Festival

WILD-I Special Award

  • £750, medal and personalised certificate
  • trip to London to attend the awards ceremony
  • year’s subscription to BBC Wildlife Magazine
  • Natural History Museum field assignment
  • one-day WPY Academy *

Young category winners

  • £500, medal and personalised certificate
  • trip to London for awards ceremony
  • year’s subscription to BBC Wildlife Magazine
  • one-day WPY Academy *

Young category finalists

  • certificate
  • invitation to the awards ceremony in London
  • 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

DISCLAIMER: The prizes are non-transferable. The Owners 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.