The Jury

Wildlife Photographer of the Year's reputation is reinforced by the expertise of our jury and the vigour of our judging process. Meet this year's international panel.

  • Rosamund ‘Roz’ Kidman Cox OBE (UK), Chair of the Jury, editor, photo-editor and writer
  • Javier Aznar González de Rueda (Spain), wildlife photographer
  • Dr Natalie Cooper (UK), researcher, Natural History Museum
  • Sugandhi Gadadhar (India), wildlife filmmaker
  • Jen Guyton (Germany/USA), photojournalist
  • Anthony Ochieng Onyango (Kenya), conservation photographer and filmmaker
  • Audun Rikardsen (Norway), nature photographer and biology professor

Read the judges' full biographies below.

Tips for entering from the Chair, Roz Kidman Cox

  • The most crucial judging period is your ownyour choice of up to 25 pictures. Indeed, the skill of choosing an image is part of the art of photography. So, start the selection process early. Leave time to revisit your choice or to ask for second opinions.
  • Your pictures should be memorable, they should have staying power rather than just immediate impact. If you have just one or two valued images – pictures that continue to feel special after you've seen them again and again – enter them.
  • Fresh and original images are what the judges look for. That means not just unusual or uncommon subjects but original angles on familiar subjects. It also means that, however aesthetically strong your picture may be, it won't make it through if it is too similar to a picture that has already appeared in this competition or other ones. Inevitably, one judge in our international jury will recognise it and argue that it is not original enough or no longer fresh.
  • When processing, don't be tempted to over-saturate the colour. It will make a subject or the landscape appear unnatural, and the tinkering will be spotted when the JPG is checked against the RAW file.
  • Could a little crop achieve composition perfection? Failure to crop off a bit of extraneous and distracting something on one side could cause a potential winner to be pipped to the post.
  • Staging is taboo. Indeed, if the judges pick up on the slightest sign that an animal may have been moved, disturbed or distressed in some way by the photographer, or if its behaviour has been affected, that picture goes out.
  • 'Natural artistry' suits images that don't quite fit the criteria of other categories. These images are creatively original through your vision and framing of a subject or scene –not through the excessive use of technique that results in a picture failing to be true to nature.
  • 'Urban wildlife' could always see more entries, so if your image catches the urban feel of the place as much as the subject, submit it.
  • 'Wetlands' and 'Oceans' are categories in need of aesthetically strong images that also have something to say, symbolically or literally, whether through beauty or impact, about their importance to us and the influence of the great variety of freshwater and marine ecosystems. So, think 'big picture' as well as aesthetic quality. Just a picture of an animal in water won't do.
  • If you are entering a portfolio (that includes the Rising Star Award), the subject matter or compositions needs to vary – an action sequence of a butterfly emergence or a cheetah hunt won't count as a portfolio. All the pictures should be of equal quality and should look good together as a collection.
  • Photojournalists: if you are entering the story award, do make sure the images have a proper narrative thread and that each key element is pictured.
  • Underwater photographers: don't take out backscatter. If you do, the picture will be excluded. It's the reality of the scene and can give depth as well as context.
  • All photographers: double-check your JPG files, if you have entered the images for an exhibition or publication before, you may have made edits that don't meet the WPY competition rules.
  • Finally, enter before the final day. There will be no dispensations if, on 9 December, the internet plays up and you fail to submit before 11.30 GMT.

Roz Kidman Cox, Chair of the Jury


Meet the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Jury

Rosamund ‘Roz’ Kidman Cox

Rosamund ‘Roz’ Kidman Cox

Chair of the Jury, editor, photo-editor and writer

UK

Roz is an editor, photo editor and writer specialising in wildlife and environmental issues. She has been judging the competition over nearly four decades and edits the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio books. Previously editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine for more than 20 years, she currently project manages, edits and writes photography-led books.

Roz is author of 55 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the The Masters of Nature Photography titles for the Natural History Museum, as well as the Unforgettable photography series. Other titles she has project managed include Our Planet, and her work with BBC Books includes Light on the Earth, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, The Hunt and Planet Earth II. Roz is an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers and was awarded an OBE for services to conservation and photography.

Javier Aznar González de Rueda

Javier Aznar González de Rueda

Wildlife photographer

Spain

Javier Aznar is a Spanish professional photographer. His focus is on natural history and wildlife conservation and their relationship with humans. With his background in biology, he aims show how he views nature in its wildest and most fascinating state. He believes the power of photography can be used to help conserve the planet and the animals and plants that live on it. Through his pictures, he hopes to draw the public's attention to the pressing need to protect wildlife.

Javier Aznar an Associate Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers and a member of The Photo Society. His work has been published in international magazines such as National Geographic, Ranger Rick, BBC Wildlife and Smithsonian Magazine.

Dr Natalie Cooper

Dr Natalie Cooper

Evolutionary biologist and researcher, Natural History Museum

UK

Dr Natalie Cooper is a Researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, where the majority of her work focuses on vertebrate species - mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes. Her primary research interests are in how species have evolved, why they are going extinct and how we can help prevent future extinctions. Natalie's recent research ranges in scale from studies of sex biases in natural history collections using tens of thousands of species to a behavioural study of one specimen: Hope the blue whale. Other current projects involve a diverse range of animal groups. She has collaborators from all over the world and has worked with local researchers in South Africa and Madagascar, conducting surveys of birds, reptiles and small mammals. She is fascinated by the intersections between science and art, whether photography, fine art or theatre.

Sugandhi Gadadhar

Sugandhi Gadadhar

Wildlife filmmaker

India

Sugandhi is a 2020 National Geographic Explorer, wildlife filmmaker and cameraperson based in Bangalore, India. She freelances as a director of photography and cameraperson for wildlife and environment productions that have been aired on Animal Planet India, Love Nature / Smithsonian, National Geographic Society, Netflix and PBS. She is a member of the IUCN's Otter Specialist Group, working on documenting smooth-coated otters in south India. She also volunteers with Conservation India, curating content and working behind-the-scenes for conservation campaigns.

Sugandhi makes short films on natural history and wildlife conservation, in both English and regional Indian languages, for education and outreach. She was a 2020 Jackson Wild Media Lab Fellow and a 2019 Jackson Wild Emerging Filmmaking Scholar. In 2015 she was named by Sanctuary Asia Magazine as one of the nine Indian women wildlife photographers to follow, and in 2018 The Vibe Asia featured her as as one of seven women filmmakers from India who are documenting the wild.

Jen Guyton

Jen Guyton

Photojournalist

Germany/USA

Jen is a photographer who has spent most of the last ten years in Africa and is now based in Germany. She works as a freelance photojournalist and has a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University (USA), which gives her a unique perspective on conservation storytelling.

Jen is most interested in the interaction between humans and nature, especially how changing landscapes influence human cultures and vice versa. She is passionate about investigating how people and wildlife are adapting to our changing planet.

In 2019, Jen completed a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, documenting the importance of resource hotspots for biodiversity.

Jen's work has been published in National Geographic Online, biographic and BBC Wildlife, among others. She has won awards in a number of competitions, including winning a category in Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2018. Jen is a National Geographic Explorer, a member of Women Photograph and a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Anthony Ochieng Onyango

Anthony Ochieng Onyango

Conservation photographer and filmmaker

Kenya

Anthony is a wildlife ecologist, educator, conservation photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. He's also an International League of Conservation Photographer (Emerging League). His work focuses on creating content that will inspire conservation action across all ages and races.

Anthony's interest in nature as a teenager informed his way of life, from being a conservation leader in school to pursuing a wildlife management degree and working for conservation organisations such as Giraffe Centre at the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, Laikipia Wildlife Forum and Birdlife International, Africa Secretariat. He currently runs TonyWild, a platform for promoting conservation action by creating awareness of wildlife conservation through photography, film and science.

Anthony collaborates with organisations such as Chimpanzee Trust, Just Digit, Earth Optimism Nairobi (Tropical Biology Association of Africa), Action for Cheetahs Kenya, Grevy Zebra Trust, The Pangolin Project, Adventure for Rhinos, Last Male Standing Rhino Cup-Olpejeta Conservancy and Game Rangers Association of Africa.

Anthony is a InfoNile EverydayNile Photojournalism Fellow 2021, Jackson Wild Media Lab Fellow 2020, Nature Environment Wildlife Filmmakers Pitch Winner 2020, Jackson Wild Emerging Filmmaker Scholar 2019, WWF Education for Nature Grantee, WWF Africa Youth Award Nominee 2018, Top 100 Youth in Conservation 2021, Top 35 Under 35 Awardee 2020 and a 2020 EE 30 Under 30 (North America Association of Environmental Educators).

Anthony's images have been featured in National Geographic España and Africa, Climate Tracker, Climate Visuals Org, Sustainable Travel International and Global landscape Forum. He is a bronze winner of the Safal Eye in the Wild Photography Competition 2019 and Finalist for Earth Photo 2021 British High Commission Nairobi Climate Changemakers photography competition. His images have been exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset and Grizedale, Cumbria.

Audun Rikardsen

Audun Rikardsen

Nature photographer and biology professor

Norway

Growing up in a small fishing community in northern Norway, Audun developed a lifelong fascination with the Arctic's rough landscape, culture and wildlife, both above and below the ocean's surface. Photography for him is about sharing his fascination, stories and knowledge of the Arctic coastline, often through the revelations of new and unusual perspectives.

Over the last decade, Audun has been one of the most internationally awarded wildlife photographers, as the overall winner of 12 international competitions and with several firsts, including several awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He is a European Canon ambassador and his work and stories have been published in magazines including National Geographic, GEO and BBC Magazine. His fascination for nature has also been documented in several national and international TV productions over the last few years.

While Audun remains a part-time photographer, he is also a full-time professor in biology at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, where he integrates photography into his scientific fieldwork and to inspire and make his scientific results public.