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.

Animals in their Environment

Evoking atmosphere and a sense of place - with the habitat as a major element of the image -to convey how an animal is an integral part of its environment.

Animal Portraits

Revealing the personality of an individual or an intimate group of animals in a thought-provoking or memorable way.

Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles

Revealing active behaviour that adds to our understanding of the nature of a species.

Behaviour: Birds

Portraying memorable, unusual or dramatic behaviour.

Behaviour: Invertebrates

Revealing the most interesting or memorable behaviour of any of the multitude of smaller animals without backbones – whether on land, in the air or in water.

Behaviour: Mammals

Portraying memorable, unusual or dramatic behaviour.

Plants and Fungi

Conveying the essence of a plant or fungus or portraying its importance or role in its environment or its means of survival.

Under Water

Revealing life under water, whether portraying a particular marine or freshwater environment, focusing on the behaviour of an animal or placing it within the context of a specific underwater location, always with the aesthetics in mind.

Urban Wildlife

Focusing on nature’s occupation or cohabitation in a human-dominated environment, whether capturing the magic of the commonplace or the surprise of the unexpected or normally unseen.

Earth's Environments

Celebrating the scale and magnitude of Earth’s landforms, the natural forces sculpting them or pure wilderness on a landscape scale, whether seen from the ground or the air.

Black and White

Illustrating how the graphic nature and tonal range of black-and-white photography can simplify the elements, emphasise the form, create drama or add an emotional element to an image, whatever the subject.

Creative Visions

Showing familiar subjects in imaginative ways or revealing from an artistic perspective, the patterns, textures and forms to be found in the natural world.

Wildlife Photojournalism

Investigating the relationship between humans and the natural world. Images can be challenging, uplifting, provocative or revelatory, and should illustrate how our attitudes, decisions and actions impact the natural world.

Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award

Telling a powerful story, these six to ten images should have both individual quality and combined narrative power. Stories can be challenging, uplifting, provocative or revelatory and should illustrate how our attitudes, decisions and actions impact the natural world.

Tip: enter stories of up to ten images, from which our jury will select a maximum of six.

Rising Star Portfolio Award (aged 18 to 26)

Demonstrating style and artistic intent, this portfolio should show a breadth of skill and vision while illustrating consistent quality and include six to ten images of varying subjects or viewpoints.

Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award (aged 27 and over)

Displaying a selection of the photographer’s best work, whether the images focus on a specific subject or represent a particular approach. This body of work should be both original and outstanding, and include six to ten images.