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Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2012: Final call for entries

Do you use a remote camera? Whether you’re a researcher or a keen amateur wildlife photographer, enter your best photos and you could win a great prize.

Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2012 spread

Do you use a remote camera? Whether you’re a researcher or a keen amateur wildlife photographer, enter your best photos and you could win a great prize. 


Last year, the moment a large lion annoyed a small but feisty jackal captured the imagination of our judges and the world.

As usual, our popular camera-trap photo competition received hundreds of images, including striking portraits, extraordinary behaviour and discoveries new to science.

The lion was accompanied in our hall of fame by a young ocelot family out on the prowl, the first wolf photographed in the Swiss Alps and a pig-tailed macaque making sure the camera got its best side.

If you’re working on a conservation project that uses remote camera technology, why not enter your photos in this year’s competition? You could win a research grant of up to £3,000 for your project.

Plus, this year we’re launching a new British Wildlife category for amateur photographers experimenting with remote cameras.


*Please note this competition is OPEN to all UK and non-UK residents*



You can enter a maximum of 12 camera-trap images in any of the four categories:

Animal Portraits Images taken during the course of your research should capture the character or spirit of their subject.

Animal Behaviour Images captured during the course of your research should show interesting or unusual behaviour.

New Discoveries Images should show something new to science, such as a species never before photographed in the wild or outside its known range, or behaviour never before recorded. The caption must make clear what the discovery is.

British Wildlife Images must be taken in the British Isles by amateur photographers.


Please note, the closing date is 13 July 2012.



The winner of each of the three ‘research’ categories will be awarded £1,000 for their project, courtesy of the World Land Trust

The overall winner will be chosen from one of these three winners and their project will win an additional £2,000, courtesy of the World Land Trust.

The winner of the British Wildlife category will win a top of the range Páramo Halcon jacket (for men or women) worth £310.

This jacket has a generous nine pockets, plus a fleecy collar and handwarming pockets. It utilises Nikwax Analogy rustle-free fabric and is more than able to stand up to the rigours of fieldwork, while providing weatherproofing and genuine comfort in all conditions. 

The winners, up to three runners-up and up to six commended images in each category will also be published in BBC Wildlife and/or on our website.




Mark Carwardine is a writer, BBC TV presenter and photographer who has travelled the world visiting conservation projects. He is on the council of the World Land Trust.

Richard Edwards is CEO of Wildscreen, a leading UK charity that uses the power of wildlife imagery to inspire people to discover, value and protect the natural world.

Dan Freeman is a zoologist whose career has covered scientific research, writing books and wildlife film-making. He has supported the World Land Trust since its launch in 1989.

Jamie McPherson has worked as a wildlife cameraman for the BBC Natural History Unit for the past 12 years. He regularly films shy creatures with remote cameras.

Sophie Stafford has been editor of BBC Wildlife for seven years and judges photography daily. She loves these awards because they always provide so many unusual images.



World Land Trust is an international conservation organisation that raises funds for the purchase and protection of critically threatened tropical forests and other vital wildlife habitats.

Páramo Directional Clothing Systems provide exceptional performance and unrivalled comfort outdoors. Innovative fabrics that wick away water and professionally tested designs help photographers to stay outside longer.


Why not enjoy last year's camera-trap winners?



1. To read our competition terms and conditions, click here. They should be read together with those on this page as they will both govern your entry to this competition.

2. The competition is open to everyone except employees of Immediate Media Co, World Land Trust and Páramo, and their immediate families.

3. Maximum 12 entries per project.

4. No photos may be entered in more than one category.

5. The photos must have been taken in the past three years and be your own original work. You – or your organisation – must be
the owner of the copyright of all photos entered. Immediate Media Co does not accept any liability in the publication of unlawfully reproduced photos.

6. All photos must feature wild animals in their natural habitat.

7. To enter, all photos must be uploaded by the closing date of 13 July 2012.

8. All photos must be submitted as jpegs. Each jpeg should be about 1MB and 300dpi and may be black and white or colour.

9. All photos must be labelled with the category, your name and the subject (in this order) in the title.

10. All entries must be accompanied by an online entry form, including full details of
the project and the conservation organisation to which the prize money should be paid.

11. BBC Wildlife takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries.

12. BBC Wildlife and Immediate Media Co will use your data for the purposes of administering this competition and, where you have provided permission, to contact you about other products and services that we believe would be of interest. BBC Worldwide would also like to contact you with details of special offers, where you have provided permission.

13. The entry of any photo to the competition constitutes a grant to Immediate Media Co and World Land Trust of the non-exclusive right to reproduce it for any purpose in association with the competition at any time, in any media without compensation.

14. The photos will be judged by an independent panel appointed by BBC Wildlife. We reserve the right to change the advertised judges.

15. The judges’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

16. BBC Wildlife reserves the right to withhold prizes if, in the opinion of the competition judges, the quality of entries falls below the standard required.

17. The winners will be notified by email by Oct 2012.

18. The winners will be published in the Dec 2012 issue of BBC Wildlife (on sale 21 Nov 2012) and online.

19. The prize money will be awarded by World Land Trust, and the coat by Páramo, by Dec 2012.

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