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Wildlife Photography Competitions to Enter

There are so many wildlife photography competitions out there, how do you know which ones are worth your time and effort to enter? Sophie Stafford has compiled a list of some competitions worth considering, from the most prestigious to little-known gems.


Amateur Photographer of the Year

BBC Countryfile Photographic competition

Bird Photograph of the Year

British Photography Awards

British Wildlife Photography Awards

International Garden Photographer of the Year “Wildlife in the Garden” category

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Luminar Bug Photography Awards

(Every two years) National Insect Week photo competition, Royal Entomological Society

Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition (celebrates the power of photography to communicate science)

RSPB Photography Contest? “Wildpix” (for children up to age 18)

RSPCA Young Photographer Awards

Royal Society of Biology photography competition

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

The Wildlife Trusts offer a range of local competitions

Travel Photographer of the Year

Underwater Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photo Contest (Will Burrard Lucas)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum of London

WWT Waterlife Photography Contest

Zoological Society London Animal Photography Prize


Asferico Photo Contest, Italy

GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Germany

Glanzlichter Projekt Natur + Fotografie, Germany

MontPhoto, Spain

Montier Photo Festival, France

Nature Photographer of the Year, The Netherlands

Oasis Photo Contest, Italy

Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA), Siena, Italy

World Press Photo Award, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Audubon Photography Awards

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition, California, USA

Global Arctic Awards International Photography Competition, Russia

Golden Turtle international wildlife contest, Moscow

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Rashid AlMaktoum International Photography award, wildlife category (HIPA)

International Ocean Art Photo Competition

International Photography Awards

International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Australia

Kuwait Grand Photography Contest, Middle East

Mangrove Action Project World Mangrove Day Photography Awards

National Geographic Travel Photo Competition, USA

National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, USA

Nikon Photo Contest, Japan

Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Awards

Picture of the Year International

Sony World Photography Awards

Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Wilderness Photo Competition