An important element of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition ethos is the encouragement and recognition of the younger generation of birders and photographers. The Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year Award is designed to meet this aim, an award specifically for those under 16.
Cameron Bespolka was a keen and active birder and photographer who was tragically killed in an accident in 2013 at the age of 16. The Cameron Bespolka Trust was established in his memory to support the many different causes close to his heart. The Trust is proud to be involved with Bird Photographer of the Year and to promote the competition through their involvement with the British Trust for Ornithology. If you are under the age of 16 on or before 30 November 2017, then you are eligible for entry into this competition.
The winner will receive a pair of Swarovski Optik CL Pocket 8x25 binoculars, plus £350 cash. There are also second and third place prizes of £200 and £100 respectively. You can enter up to 4 images for free and there are no individual subject categories to worry about; the judges will choose the image that impresses them most. And there is nothing preventing you from entering the main Bird Photographer of the Year competition too, as this competition has no age restriction. Standard entry fees will apply.
Turnstone by Ondrej Pelanek
Short-eared Owl by Josiah Launstein