The entry fee for the Adult competition is £30. There is a fee waiver for certain countries listed below.
The cost increases to £35 in the last week of the entry period, from 11.30 on 30 November 2023.
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 7 December 2023 (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.
In WPY58 we introduced an entry fee waiver for photographers from 50 countries. The selection of countries was a result of multiple indicators that identify where the competition entry fee might be an economic barrier to enter. To celebrate our sixtieth annual competition, we are extending the entry fee waiver to 107 countries in Africa, Central and South America and Southeast Asia. These are three regions that we have historically received less entries from.
Applicants that live in any of the following countries will not have to pay the entry fees if they can provide evidence on request:
Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Curaçao, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore , Sint Maarten, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Zambia, Zimbabwe.