We've reached the APOY 2017 Wildlife photography round! We now want you to turn your lens on the animals we share our planet with, both at home and abroad. Your shots can either take the form of portraiture or can be your attempt at the ultimate wildlife shot. With camera equipment becoming so much more affordable and compact cameras boasting impressive zooms, wildlife photography is now far more accessible. And you don’t have to travel thousands of miles for this category. While exotic animals in faraway lands are an attractive subject, there is an array of exciting wildlife right on your own doorstep. Foxes, squirrels, badgers and birds are a common sight in many urban and countryside locations, and make for fantastic images. So get outside and keep your eyes peeled!
The panel's 1st place photographer will win over £1000 of Sigma products, and the crowd's 1st place will win year-long subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine and Photocrowd.
To qualify for entry into APOY your primary income must not be from photography or photographic services.
The judging panel's winner will receive the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary (£999.99) + Sigma USB Dock (£39.99). Total Prize Value: £1,039.98. (If winner is based outside EU, they will have to pay for any customs charges that may be added to shipping).
The crowd-vote winner will receive a year-long subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine (worth over £100), as well as a year-long master-level subscription to Photocrowd (worth £120).
The Grand Prize winner of the entire APOY 2017 series will get their hands on over £2000 of Sigma gear: the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (£1199.99) + the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (799.99) + the SIGMA USB Dock (£39.99). Total Grand Prize value: £2,039.97.
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
Over the years, readers of Amateur Photographer Magazine have sent in some incredible images, so 20 years ago we decided to launch the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. Since then, APOY has received thousands of entries, with many of them taking the judges’ breath away. This year, we are once again sponsored by Sigma, and we’re also proud to be working in partnership with Photocrowd, who are hosting the competition.
To keep photographers anonymous entries are hidden until judging begins.