The Water Bear © Paul Sounders 2013
The fifty-first Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition begins today, meaning that all you budding photographers need to embrace the January chill and get snapping. If you already have an incredible image in mind then you’re one step ahead and you can submit it now for the chance to have it published in a limited-edition book, win a cash prize, take centre stage at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, and revel in the glory of seeing your image exposed to the masses.
The competition is open to all ages and abilities and will be judged by underwater photographer Dr Alex Mustard, National Geographic Senior Editor Kathy Moran, master of nature photography Tom Mangelsen, and French aerial photographer Thierry Vezon. Entries will be accepted for the next eight weeks and will close on February 26, so you have plenty of time to hone your snapping skills.
The photograph by last year’s overall winner Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols will remain on display until August 30, so head over to the Natural History Museum to check out the kind of talent you’ll be up against.
As well as paying attention to your artistic composition, narrative form, and technical excellence one of this year’s judges, Dr Alexander Mustard, advises us to ‘make sure your basics are exemplary and then to dare to be different.’ Good luck!
For more info on how to enter head over to wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com.
Here are some beautiful Wintery images submitted over the past few years, prepare to be inspired.