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 17.
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.
The money raised from previous BPOTY competitions has been used to support BTO Bird Camps sponsored by The Cameron Bespolka Trust. These events are aimed at encouraging interest in the natural world among the young generation, to ensure the safeguarding of our environment into the future. If you are aged 16 years or under on 30th November 2018 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 8 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.