Alejandro Prieto Rojas - 2017 Winner

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What are the contest categories?

There are 7 main categories: 1) Best Portrait. 2) Birds in the Environment. 3) Attention to Detail. 4) Bird Behaviour. 5) Birds in Flight. 6) Creative Imagery. 7) Garden and Urban Birds.

In addition, there are two Special Awards: 1) Best portfolio (comprising 6 or more images entered into any of the categories by a single photographer). 2) The Crowd Choice Award (the image voted the crowd’s favourite in each of the 7 main categories by the Photocrowd community).

Photographers under the age of 16 on 30th November 2017 can also enter the Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year.

Who can enter?

The 7 main awards categories are open to all ages and nationalities.

Any entrant under 18 on the 30th November 2017 must gain the permission of a parent or guardian to enter the competition.

The Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year Award is only open to those who will be under 16 on the 30th November 2017.

You can find other eligibility criteria here

When do the awards open and close?

The opening date of the competition is August 17th 2017. The closing date for entries is midnight UTC on November 30th 2017.

How many images can I enter?

You can enter up to 8 images in each of the 7 categories.

How much does it cost to enter?

The cost is based on the number of images you want to enter. Entries are bought in advance and can then be used at any time before midnight UTC on the 30th November 2017. The following entry bundles are available, and entries can be used across any of the 7 main categories:

1 image - £6 (£6 per image)

8 images - £24 (£3 per image)

24 images - £48 (£2 per image)

56 images - £68 (£1.21 per image)

A discount on the price of entry bundles of 5%, 10% or 20% is available for Photocrowd Challenger, Pro or Master subscribers, respectively.

Multiple bundles can be purchased (eg 3 x 1 image bundles = 3 total entries) but the maximum number of entries that can be made across all 7 categories is 56 (8 images per category).

The Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year is free to enter.

Can I enter the same image into multiple categories?

Yes, the same image can be entered into multiple categories, but please read each category brief carefully and make sure that your image fits the brief. Each entry to a category for the same image counts as one entry, for the purposes of payment.

How many times can I enter the awards?

Each photographer can enter the awards once, using one Photocrowd account. More than one image bundle can be purchased, but there is a maximum of 56 images that can be entered by each photographer – 8 into each of the 7 main categories.

Can I withdraw or swap an image once I’ve entered it?

If the awards are still open for entries then at any time you can remove an entered image and enter a different one in its place if you want to. Once the deadline for entries has passed, and judging is underway, images cannot be removed or swapped out for other images.

Do I have to sign up to Photocrowd to enter BPOTY?

Yes, there’s a simple signup process to register on Photocrowd, which will then give you full access to the Bird Photographer of the Year awards.

Do images have to be taken with a DSLR?

No. Images can be taken on any device capable of producing an image of at least 6 megapixels, including phones, GoPros, tablets, compact cameras and larger cameras such as DSLRs. In 2017, an image captured with a GoPro was awarded a Bronze prize position.

Do images have to be taken in the United Kingdom?

No, Bird Photographer of the Year is an international competition and you may enter photographs taken anywhere in the world.

Can I submit retouched images?

There are some restrictions on the use of digital manipulation, except in the ‘Creative Imagery’ category where there are none. Full guidelines on what image manipulation and retouching is allowed are provided on the Preparing Your Images page on this website.

How should I prepare my images for submission?

Full guidelines on image preparation are provided on the Preparing Your Images page on this website.

During the image submission process there is a tick box asking whether I want to allow the BTO to use my images in their library. Will I be paid?

No. This is a voluntary donation of your images into the BTO library so the charity may use them in material they produce. This will include (but not be limited to) printed surveys, in house magazines and other publications, web sites, social media and other editorial and promotional purposes. Copyright of the image/s remains with the photographer at all times and the right to use image/s will not be sold on to a third party.

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