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Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2013: 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 2013 spread.

Do you capture photos by remote camera – for research, or just for your own interest? Enter your best images for the chance to win a great prize.


The winner of last year’s BBC Wildlife Camera-Trap Photo of the Year competition attracted not a little controversy.

We heard rumours suggesting that the shot – of a leopard traversing a path in China’s Shuishui River Reserve – was doctored. And it’s not hard to see why.

This is a spectacular image: judge Mark Carwardine’s comments described “gorgeous light, setting and pose – this image has it all”. That it was captured by a camera-trap seems, frankly, incredible.

Yet photos of this standard are now becoming the norm, and are increasingly crucial in conservation and ecology research.

Whether you’re a field researcher or a keen amateur, we want to see your best remote-camera images – and they could win you a £3,000 research grant or a Páramo jacket.


*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.


Study the rules (below) and follow the instructions to upload your images.

The closing date is 23.59pm on 31 July 2013.



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

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

The winner of the British Wildlife category will win a top-of-the-range Páramo Halcon jacket worth £310.

The winners, up to three runners-up and up to six commended images in each category will be published in BBC Wildlife and/or online at





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.

Rosamund Kidman Cox is an editor and writer specialising in wildlife. A judge of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition since 1981, she also produces the WildPhotos symposium.

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.

Elliott Neep is a self-taught, award-winning photographer who travels all over the world, and frequently uses infra-red camera-traps with wireless strobes.

Sophie Stafford judges photos of all kinds every day in her role as editor of BBC Wildlife. She finds camera-trap images rewarding because they are so candid and immediate.



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.

Enterprise Plants provides a wide range of environmental services for clients throughout the UK. Helping Britain’s businesses make work better… Naturally

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. By submitting an entry, you accept the rules and the terms and conditions.

2 The competition is open to everyone except employees of Immediate Media Co, World Land Trust, Enterprise Plants 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 to our website by the closing date of 23.59pm on 31 July 2013.

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 judges, the quality of entries falls below the standard required.

17 The winners will be notified by email by November 2013.

18 The winners will be published in the December 2013 issue of BBC Wildlife (on sale 20 November 2013) and online at

19 The prize money will be awarded by World Land Trust, and the coat by Páramo, by December 2013. 


Now you are ready to enter the competition, so please click here.


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