You can submit a total of 25 photos to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, across multiple categories. The same image can be submitted to more than one category.
There is no time limit on when a photo had to be taken to enter it, and photos can have been previously published.
Colour and black and white images can be entered into all of the categories.
It is against the competition’s Rules to submit images that have received an award, prize or recognition in another international photography competition before the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition opening date of 19 October 2020. This includes as a winner, runner-up, commended image, honourable mention or other similar commendations.
Preparing an image for submission
Follow these step-by-step instructions to ensure your files meet the entry requirements.
1. Make a duplicate of your image. Keep the original file as it will be needed later for authentication.
In the duplicate, clear tags such as ratings and labels.
2. In your editing software, insert image information into the caption metadata field. You must include:
- a description: the background story, a description setting out the behaviour observed, the exact location, any use of bait and of what nature (see rule 4.5), and whether the species is of scientific interest
- EXIF details - such as camera, lens and exposure - should be kept intact
Do not include:
- your name in the image caption, title or on the image itself
3. Set the Colour Space to Adobe RGB (1998). Preferably use a calibrated monitor - allowances will not be made for poor colour managed or corrected images.
4. Make any digital adjustments required and permitted within the competition rules.
5. 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.
6. Open the TIFF above and make a copy. Resize the copy to 1920 pixels on the longest dimension.
7. 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.
You may find helpful tips for following these steps in your software's help pages. Some popular software past entrants have used include: