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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Brent Stirton - The Healing Touch from Commuinty care-image Photojournalist story winner 2021

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 competition is run by The Natural History Museum, which is a registered charity and a scientific institution. It is working to inspire a love for the natural world and to create advocates for the planet. The income generated from Wildlife Photographer of the Year also funds the Museum’s pioneering scientific research, education and conservation work.

The aim of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is to showcase the very best of nature photography and to empower people to protect the planet and the species we share with it. The Museum’s ambitions are also to reach a new, wider audience and raise awareness of vulnerable species and global environmental issues.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2022 is open for entries. There are two competitions a youth competition for ages 17 and under and an adult competition for ages 18 and over. Youth Competition details.

The Deadline for entries is 9th December 2021 at 11.30 am (GMT).

To register and begin your entry use Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022

The exhibition and awards ceremony will be held at the Natural History Museum in London, before a global tour.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Adam Oswell - Elephant in the Room image Photojournalism winner 2021

©Adam Oswell ‘Elephant in the Room’ Photojournalism winner 2021

Adult Competition Rules of Entry
  • Entry fee is £30, this cost increases to £35 in the last week of the entry period, from 11.30 on 2 December 2021
  • The fee can only be paid through the online entry system.
  • Adult Competition is open to photographers aged 18 and over on 9th December 2021.
  • You can submit 25 photos for the competition.
  • You are not permitted to submit images that feature farm animals, family pets, and/or cultivated plants.

There are a whole list of entry rules, regarding the type of images and methods used to achieve the images that are and aren’t acceptable. It’s important to read through them, to see if your images are suitable for this competition.

Image Specifications

Submissions need to be in digital format, but the original entry does not have to be from a digital camera.

High quality scans of transparencies or negatives are acceptable.

Digital files must be submitted as JPEGs saved at a high quality setting of atleast 8 in Photoshop, Adobe RGB (1998) and at 1920 pixels along the longest dimension.

No borders, watermarks or signatures should be included.

If your image is shortlisted, for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, you will have to provide RAW files or original untouched JPEGs (with a range of before and after original untouched JPEG files available upon request).

Acceptable digital adjustments

A limited number of digital adjustments to photos are permitted providing they comply with the competition’s principles of authenticity and so do not misrepresent the reality of nature. These include:

  • tone adjustments
  • contrast adjustments
  • burning
  • dodging
  • cropping
  • sharpening
  • noise reduction
  • minor cleaning work (such as the removal of sensor dust or scratches on transparencies/scans, or the removal of chromatic aberration)
  • HDR
  • stitched panoramas
  • focus stacking
Prohibited digital adjustments

The following digital adjustments are not allowed – please note this is not a complete list:

  • adding, moving or removing objects, animals or parts of animals, plants, people, etc.
  • the removal of dirt, highlights, backscatter, bubbles, debris and similar composites
  • painting the foreground or painting out the background

For more details see rules www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/competition/rules

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Stefano Unterthiner - Head to Head-image Behaviour Mammals winner 2021

©Stefano Unterthiner ‘Head to Head’ Behaviour Mammals winner 2021

Submitting Images
  • You can submit a total of 25 photos to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, across multiple categories.
  • The same image can be submitted to more than one category.
  • There is no time limit on when a photo had to be taken to enter it, and photos can have been previously published.
  • Colour and black and white images can be entered into all of the categories.
Preparing an image for submission

Follow these step-by-step instructions to ensure your files meet the entry requirements.
1. Make a duplicate of your image. Keep the original file as it will be needed later for authentication.
In the duplicate, clear tags such as ratings and labels.
2. In your editing software, insert image information into the caption metadata field. You must include:
a description: the background story, a description setting out the behaviour observed, the exact location, any use of bait and of what nature (see rule 4.5), and whether the species is of scientific interest
Do not include:
your name in the image caption, title or on the image itself
3. Set the Colour Space to Adobe RGB (1998). Preferably use a calibrated monitor – allowances will not be made for poor colour managed or corrected images.
4. Make any digital adjustments required and permitted within the competition rules.
5. Save as a TIFF. This should be 8-bit, Adobe RGB (1998) at full resolution and a sufficient file size to be reproduced in all media and exhibitions if successful.
6. Open the TIFF above and make a copy. Resize the copy to 1920 pixels on the longest dimension.
7. Save the file as a JPEG at a high-quality setting of at least 8 in Photoshop. This is the image that will be judged – there is no set requirement for how to name your file.

TOP TIPS on entering
  • Check you image – images with a watermark or similar will automatically be discounted.
  • Ensure your caption is useful – tell the judges the story behind your image and how you took it.
  • Submit maximum images – For portfolio and story categories, if some images are discounted, you’ll still be in with a chance of winning.
  • Be careful cropping- keep an eye on your file size and composition.
  • Check you files – make sure you submit the correct files and file types.
  • Edit your work – no sequences in the stories category and a good portfolio needs to gel.
  • Previous awards – The jury will favour images that have not already been awarded in other international competitions.
  • Read the Rules – Take your time, to understand what is required, the rules are there to help you.
Competition Categories

The Adult Competition consists of the following categories:

(i) Animals in their Environment;
(ii) Animal Portraits;
(iii) Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles;
(iv) Behaviour: Birds;
(v) Behaviour: Invertebrates;
(vi) Behaviour: Mammals;
(vii) Plants and Fungi;
(viii) Under Water;
(ix) Urban Wildlife;
(x) Natural Artistry;
(xi) Oceans – The Bigger Picture;
(xii) Wetlands – The Bigger Picture;
(xiii) Photojournalism;
(xiv) Photojournalist Story Award;
(xv) Rising Star Award (ages 18 to 26); and
(xvi) Portfolio Award (ages 27 and over).

You can submit a maximum of twenty five (25) images in total regardless of how many of the above categories you submit entries for. This includes:
between six (6) and ten (10) images for the Photojournalist Story Award per story. You may submit up to two (2) stories only to this category. A maximum of six (6) images will be selected by the Jury per story.
(ii) between six (6) and ten (10) images to the Rising Star Award from which a maximum of six (6) images will be selected by the Jury. You may submit one (1) portfolio only to this category; and
(iii) between six (6) and ten (10) images to the Portfolio Award from which a maximum of six (6) images will be selected by the Jury. You may submit one (1) portfolio only to this category.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Justin Gilligan - Rich Reflections-image Plants and Fungi winner 2021

©Justin Gilligan ‘Rich Reflections’ Plants and Fungi winner 2021

The Jury

This years international jury panel are:

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

Fine Art Prints of your Photographs

Please feel free to Get in touch if you’d like to turn your images into fine art prints. At The Artists Print Room we apply our knowledge and expertise to achieve the highest quality giclée photo prints for you. While offering our advice and support throughout the process. We believe it is only by printing your photographs, that you truly achieve the artistic vision you intended.

“The Negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score and the print the performance” Ansel Adams

Awards and Prizes

The jury will select and award 100 entries from the Adult and Young Competitions combined.

The Awards from the Adult Competition will be :

  • Category Highly Commended
  • Category Winner
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Only Category Winners will be considered for Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022.

The Jury reserves the right to also include for consideration one (1) image selected by them from the Category Winner of each of the following multiple image categories:
(i) Photojournalist Story Award;
(ii) Rising Star Award (ages 18 to 26); and
(iii) Portfolio Award (ages 27 and over).
(6) A further twenty-five (25) images from the Final Round of the Adult Competition and the Young Competition will be selected by them and made available to the public for three (3) months for an online vote. These entries will be specially promoted including via social media and through any of our print or commercial partners. The entry with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Special Award, with the next four (4) most popular entries being Highly Commended. However, the winner of the People’s Choice Special Award will not be considered for Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

For more information and to enter see Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022

Prizes

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
– £10,000, trophy and personalised certificate

Portfolio Award
– £2,500 and personalised certificate
trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

Photojournalist Story Award
– £2,500 and personalised certificate
trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

Rising Star Portfolio Award
– £1,500 and personalised certificate
trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

Adult category winners
– £1,250 and personalised certificate
trip to London to attend the awards ceremony

Adult category highly commended
– personalised certificate
invitation to the awards ceremony in London

 

 

 


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