NEW RULE: The same image, and altered versions of the same image file, can only be entered into one APOY round. Find out more.
For this round we would like you to train your lens on all creatures great and small. This is an open round, so we are happy to see shots of everything from garden birds and pet poodles to crabs in rock pools and lions prowling the scrublands. It’s worth doing some research before embarking on your shoot, as pictures that show an aspect of animal behaviour tend to hold the viewer’s attention for longer than a standard portrait. If your animal is moving it’s also a good idea to leave some space ahead of them to ‘travel’ into. In these instances you might want to experiment with panning (moving the camera horizontally from a fixed point) to add to the sense of speed.
£1,000 of SIGMA prizes, plus subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine to be won.
Expert panel's winner: SIGMA will give the panel's winner £1,000-worth of prizes of the their choice.
The community vote winner wins a one-year digital subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine, and a year-long master subscription to Photocrowd.
The overall winner of APOY 2019 will receive £2,000-worth of prizes of their choice from SIGMA.
Every photo submitted will be available for the crowd to rate once the submissions period has ended. In this contest, the entries are hidden until the rating period begins.
Some contests on Photocrowd also have a judge. After the submission period closes the judge chooses their favourite images and writes some image reviews. The crowd and judge results will be announced on the same day.
For a more detailed explanation of how rating works, see our FAQs
To keep photographers anonymous entries are hidden until expert judging has been completed.
Amateur Photographer magazine invites amateur photographers from around the world to enter its annual competition and the chance to win the title of ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2019’.