There are 8 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. 8) Wildlife Worldwide’s Inspirational Encounters.
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 aged 16 years or under on 30th November 2018 can also enter the Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year.
The 8 main awards categories are open to all ages and nationalities.
Any entrant under 18 on the 30th November 2018 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 photographers aged 16 years or under on 30th November 2018
You can find other eligibility criteria here
The opening date of the competition is August 20th 2018. The closing date for entries is midnight UTC on November 30th 2018.
You can enter up to 8 images in each of the 8 categories.
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 2018. The following entry bundles are available, and entries can be used across any of the 8 main categories:
1 image - £6 (£6 per image)
8 images - £24 (£3 per image)
32 images - £48 (£1.50 per image)
64 images - £68 (£1.06 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 8 categories is 64 (8 images per category).
The Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year is free to enter.
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.
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 64 images that can be entered by each photographer – 8 into each of the 8 main categories.
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.
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.
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.
No, Bird Photographer of the Year is an international competition and you may enter photographs taken anywhere in the world.
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.
Full guidelines on image preparation are provided on the Preparing Your Images page on this website.
We ask that you do not add a watermark to your images as the judging process needs to remain anonymous at all times.