Small World

This category is proof that you don't have to venture far from home to capture impressive images. We introduced Small World last year when the UK was in lockdown.

The idea was to demonstrate just how many aspects of the animal kingdom it's possible to spot close to home. And your entries didn't disappoint. As our worlds shrunk, your imaginations grew!

The brief

Thankfully, we have more freedom to get out and about in 2021. We still have some restrictions on what we can do, but that's OK because we've all learned to appreciate our immediate surroundings more, too.

So from your pets to local wildlife or farmyard friends, what are animals getting up to in your 'small world'? What can you discover, without travelling to far-flung places? Or does 'small world' mean something else to you? Maybe you've been looking closely at all the tiny creatures to be found in the garden, in a window box or while you're out for walks. Bees are busy, ants are making their nests - minibeasts are a marvel! Perhaps this category is where you'll give macro photography a go?

Getting started

You don't need a macro lens to focus right in on the tiny universes all around you in the garden, on the balcony, or by the path on an outdoor walk during your daily exercise - if you have one, do use it - but an ordinary camera or a mobile phone is fine, along with a bit of imagination of course, and some patience.

How you interpret 'small world' is up to you. What we want to see are personal stories in image form about your pets - or any animal from the wild birds to the tiny insects living under pots in your garden. It's your choice - and we can't wait to see what you come up with!

Entering the competition

So, if you're aged 18 or under (there's no lower age limit!) you can enter up to five photos in this category. Don't forget to tell us a bit about the photo - where you took it, why you like the animal and why you think your photo stands out - in 80 words or fewer.

Read the full rules and terms and conditions before you enter and check out the prizes!