The entry fee for the Adult competition is £30.
The cost increases to £35 in the last week of the entry period, from 11.30 on 2 December 2021.
This fee is only payable through the online entry system.
Entering the competition early will help you avoid any last-minute delays such as technical issues and stress. By registering and paying the entry fee before the final week, you will also avoid the additional £5 cost.
Entries will not be accepted after the closing date of 9 December 2021 (11.30 GMT).
Why is there an entry fee?
Income from entries to the competition are vital in helping to fund the smooth running of the competition, the production of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and global projects such as taking the winning images to environmental conferences, events and museums around the world.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exists to showcase the very best nature photography and to use it to empower people to protect the planet and the species we share it with. We have ambitions to increase the impact of Wildlife Photographer of the Year by reaching new audiences and raising awareness for vulnerable species and global environmental issues.
The Natural History Museum is a registered charity and a scientific institution, working to inspire a love for the natural world and create advocates for the planet. Through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise, it is tackling issues such as food security, eradicating diseases and managing resource scarcity. Wildlife Photographer of the Year income also funds the Museum's pioneering scientific research, education and conservation work.
To enable a wider range of applicants, applicants that live in any of the following countries will not have to pay the entry fees if they can provide evidence on request : Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
These countries have been identified by multiple factors which indicate that the competition entry fee might be an economic barrier to enter. Wildlife Photographer of the Year hopes to encourage submissions from global regions that are currently under-represented in the annual competition.