Young Photographer Awards open for entries
We're offering young people the chance to win amazing prizes - in return for getting snap happy with their favourite animals.
The prestigious Young Photographer Awards opens for entries today and judges are hoping this year’s categories will appeal to more entrants than ever.
New mobile phone category introduced
The new ‘Mobile phone’ category will provide a fresh challenge, reflecting the important photographic role played by mobile devices in our lives today.
Any mobile device can be used in this category, which is aimed at all skill levels, from beginners to complete pros.
Springwatch presenter and judge Chris Packham said:
I have been judging the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards for many years and I am always amazed by the high standard of entries.
We see some incredibly beautiful images of wildlife and this year I’m hoping to see fantastic pictures of animals taken with devices like mobile phones and tablets.
This is a such a brilliant competition as it really makes us stop, look at and think about the animals around us. Some of the photos we have seen have captured really magical moments and I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.
It is great to see so many young people picking up their cameras and having a go. We hope many more will take part this year too.
Fantastic prizes up for grabs
The overall prize is a weekend photography break - ‘Seal Spectacular’ from Natures Images - and up to £800 of photographic vouchers from Wex Photographic for the category winners. Winners will also receive a trophy and certificate.
For 2017 there are five categories, of which entrants can enter three with a maximum of 25 photos:
- Under 12 years
- 12–15 years
- 16–18 years
- Mobile phone and devices.
An overall winner will be chosen by the judges from the winners of each category.
In addition, a selection of photos entered in the mobile phone category will be put to the public vote in March 2018 (promoted on our website and social media). The photo with the most votes wins the People’s Choice Award.
Winners will be presented with prizes at an awards ceremony hosted by Chris Packham at the Tower of London in December.
Enter the Young Photographer Awards today
The Young Photographer Awards is open to anyone aged 18 or younger. The aim of the competition is to encourage young people's interest in photography and their appreciation and understanding of the animals around them.
The closing date is 4pm on Friday 18 August. Hopeful entrants can submit their images online.