10 monthly rounds to enter
1 free entry per round for AP magazine readers
Monthly points count towards your APOY ranking
Amazing monthly prizes, and £11,000 in total
New prize for the best-performing UK camera club
We want to see your best animal, wildlife and nature shots in this round. You don’t necessarily need to go far to find inspiration, with a broad range of subjects for you to choose from. Whether you find your muse in the local park or the wilds of the Serengeti, research and patience can be the deciding factor between an average shot and an amazing one. Please note, this is not the round for domestic animals and pets.
Click here for the Young APOY 'Natural World' category – free to enter for 13-21 year olds.
Closes 19th March 2021
'A big splash for a small bird' by Eric Browett – winner of the APOY 2020 Natural World round.
Every image submitted to an APOY2021 round will score points if it’s chosen by the judges.
Your highest ranked image in each round will count towards your year-long APOY2021 ranking. Want to know how you’re getting on, and how far off the lead you are? Rankings will be updated after each round, and anyone who has scored points so far will be included.
You will be able to check the current rankings after the Round 1 results are announced
New for this year, there’s a £500 voucher from MPB for the UK camera club that amasses the most points. Each of your members’ best-placed images in each round will count towards your club’s score, with no limit on how many of your members can enter - they’ll all count. What might your club choose to do with £500 worth of kit? You’ll have the option to tell us your UK camera club when you fill out the APOY agreement form.
You will be able to check the Camera Club rankings after the Round 1 results are announced
Young Amateur Photographer of the Year is a brand new award for APOY 2021, and we want to encourage all up-and-coming photographers to take part! Each APOY round has a separate FREE category for photographers who will be aged between 13 and 21 on the final day of submissions (29th October, 2021). Simply click the 'Young APOY' links on each round to enter.
The overall winner will earn the title of ‘Young Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021’, and a £500 voucher from MPB. Each individual round winner will take home a £250 voucher.
All images submitted to APOY 2021 will be reviewed by our panel of photography experts from Amateur Photographer magazine, joined by some special guest judges for individual rounds.
More guest judges to be confirmed...
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In addition please note the following in relation to these awards:
The promoter is Kelsey Media Ltd. which has its registered offices located at Kelsey Media, The Granary, Downs Court, Yalding Hill, Yalding, Kent, ME18 6AL, and is a company registered in England and Wales under company number 05822990.
The competition is global and open to people of all nationalities.
Any entrant under 18 on the date at which they enter the competition must gain the permission of a parent or guardian. Entrants under the age of 13 at the closing date of the competition (29th October 2021) are not permitted to enter.
The Young Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021 contest is only open to persons aged 13-21 on the date of closure of the competition on 29th October 2021. Entrants aged 13-21 are also eligible to enter the main categories of the competition (standard entry charges will apply).
It is the responsibility of each entrant (and the entrant's parent or guardian) to ensure that they have read and will abide by these rules and Photocrowd’s terms and conditions. By submitting an entry, each entrant (and the entrant's parent or guardian) agrees to these rules, that their entry complies with these rules, and that they will be liable to the Promoter and their licensees in respect of any damages or losses incurred as a breach of the rules.
Employees or agents of Kelsey Media Ltd. and Photocrowd, their families or other persons connected with this promotion (excluding the sponsors) are not eligible to enter.
Proof of eligibility must be provided upon request. Use of a false name or other false details will result in disqualification.
All entries must be submitted via the Photocrowd online platform. No entries will be accepted by email or post.
The Promoter reserves the right to request from the entrant a copy of the original camera file and a screengrab of their editing software showing other images from the same shoot, and to eliminate entries where such a request is ignored or where it is suspected that the rules have been infringed.
Full guidelines on permissible image sizes and types, and what image manipulation and retouching is allowed are provided in the FAQs section, above.
The Promoter and Photocrowd reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify or remove any entry that does not comply with the rules or the spirit of the awards, at any stage of the awards.
Please refer to the prizing section on this website for details of prizes.
Once the entry period has closed for each round, the panel of judges will convene to determine their prizewinners.
For each round in both APOY 2021 and Young APOY 2021, a shortlist will be announced at the end of the judging period, followed by the announcement of each round's final results.
The grand prize winners will be unveiled after the final round’s winners are announced.
Please refer to our judges page for more information on the judging panel. The judges’ decisions are final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decisions.
All imagery MUST be the exclusive work of the submitting photographer and may not include any element that is the copyright of another. The Copyright for each image entered will remain with the submitting photographer. By entering the Competition and submitting your photograph(s), you hereby grant the Promoter, its sponsors and their hosting partner Photocrowd a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to use your photograph(s) for any purpose connected with the Competition, including (but not limited to), promoting the Competition within printed and online media, the inclusion within printed and digital versions of any Competition book, the inclusion within printed and digital versions of any Competition calendar or other merchandise, display at exhibitions, use in press, promotional and marketing materials, social media networks and for the promotion of any future photographic competition in both print and online media.
You agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of Your name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation.
The promoter is excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to any of the winners arising from their acceptance of the prizes. Entrants indemnify the Promoter for all liabilities, including legal costs, in relation to any action or complaint taken by any third party against the Promoter in relation to the entrant’s photograph(s).
The promoter and Photocrowd reserve the right to cancel this Competition, in which case any entry fees paid will be refunded.
The promoter and Photocrowd reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by English law. When a photograph is submitted and the entry date has passed, the entry cannot be changed or withdrawn. No refunds will be given. Entry to the Awards shall be deemed full and unconditional acceptance of the terms & conditions.