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Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award 2021 for African Creatives

Deadline: December 9th, 2021

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world. An image can alter the way we see, think and feel. Whether captured in the most remote wilderness or taken in the intimacy of your own backyard, a truly great image of Nature can change our worldview.

The Young Competition is of 3 age group categories for photographers aged 17 and under.

Ownership of the copyright in all images submitted to the competition will remain with the copyright owner(s).

Entrants are required to report on the natural world in a way that is both creative and honest. Images entered must not attempt to deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality of nature. Entrants must not do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure an image.

Why You Should Apply

  • Entry in the Young Competition is free.
  • The winner of the Young Competition will receive 1,000 GBP, trophy and personalised certificate.
  • From those entries selected by the Jury from the Young Competition, the following awards will be given (“Awards”):
    • Category Highly Commended;
    • Category Winner; and
    • Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
  • For 3 months, the best 25 photos will be posted online for public voting. The entry with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Special Award, with the next four (4) most popular entries being Highly Commended. However, the winner of the People’s Choice Special Award will not be considered for Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Who Can Apply?

  1. Open to amateur and professional photographers worldwide.
  2. Entry is free
  3. The Young Competition consists of the following categories:
    • 10 Years and Under;
    • 11 – 14 Years;
    • 15 – 17 Years.
  4. You can submit a maximum of ten (10) images in total age category applicable to you (the young person) on Thursday 9 December 2021.

Ethical Requirements

  1. Your images must report on the natural world in a way that is both creative and honest and ethical:
    • entries must not deceive the viewer or attempt to disguise and/or misrepresent the reality of nature;
    • caption information supplied must be complete, true and accurate; and
    • images must not portray captive, restrained, or manipulated animals, animal models, taxidermy animals, and/or any other animal being exploited for profit. The only exception is when reporting on a specific issue regarding the treatment of animals by a third party, in which case you must make clear that the animal was captive, restrained, a model or a taxidermy animal.
  2. You must not do anything to injure or distress an animal or damage its habitat in an attempt to secure an image. This includes flying (or flying a drone) too low or noisily over an animal – an animal’s welfare must come first.
  3. You are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any applicable national or international legislation (including in relation to drones) and for securing any relevant permits (which, in the case of human portraits, will include the subject’s permission) and which must be made available to us if we request it.
  4. Live baiting is not permitted, neither is any means of baiting that may put an animal in danger or adversely affect its behaviour, either directly or through irresponsible habituation. Any other means of attraction, including bird seed or scent, must be declared in the caption for the Jury and us to review.
  5. If we suspect that an entry has been achieved through cruel or unethical practices, including the use of live or irresponsible bait or in any way in breach of these Rules, the entry will be disqualified and we reserve the right to report you to the applicable authorities.

Visit Young Photographers Contest for more information.

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