The apian way - Emily Swettenham - Junior winner of our 2013 competition

Photographer of the Year

watch this space for news of our 2015 competition!!

Winners 2014:

See the finalists and all winning images on our dedicated results page.

The competition

Funnies - Winner - close up red squirrel - Stephen IlesCelebrating the variety of wildlife, our Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 competition is open to professional, amateur and young photographers alike.

We are looking for striking images exhibiting photographic excellence with high quality and good composition that capture the essence of nature in four categories:

  1. Native Wildlife – flora and fauna native or resident in the British Isles
  2. Cute and Funny – mother nature at her cutest or most amusing
  3. Marwell Wildlife residents
  4. Marwell Wildlife endangered – species at Marwell specifically classified by IUCN as endangered or critically endangered (see list)

All categories will have prizes awarded for one adult and one junior winner (children aged 15 and under).

An overall adult and junior winner will be decided from the winners of the above categories - see below for the prizes!

how to enter - SORRY ENTRY iS NOW CLOSED - watch this space for news of the 2015 competition

Entry to the competition costs £5 for adults and is FREE for juniors. Don't worry if you're struggling to find your top 5 photos to enter - you can enter twice and up to 10 images if you like.

You'll need; your photos, credit card details (for adults), contact details and ideally a title and description of each image. Remember to pick the correct category for your image (from the list above) and that by entering you accept our competition rules below.

Our Main sponsor - Wildlife Worldwide

Wildlife Worldwide sponsor Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2013We're delighted to announce that Winchester based wildlife travel specialists, Wildlife Worldwide are again sponsoring our Photographer of the Year competition 2014!

As well as providing some fantastic prizes, Wildlife Worldwide have collaborated with Beyond Carbon to sponsor this year’s competition to the tune of £1,000 to help Marwell’s conservation work with Grevy’s Zebra in Africa. Beyond Carbon helps protect the world’s threatened environments, its wildlife and indigenous people by connecting businesses with outstanding projects in the UK and overseas.

Wildlife Worldwide are delighted to channel much of their charitable funding through Beyond Carbon and thereby ensure that the projects they help to fund are well researched and fully sustainable.

These vital funds will contribute towards Marwell’s field work in Kenya's arid northern rangelands to promote conservation awareness, as well as training workshops for newly recruited community scouts in data-collection methods. This work is ultimately aimed at providing an overarching framework for community-based conservation of Grevy's zebra as a flag ship species, and wildlife conservation in general, in areas which have not previously been assessed or included in Kenya's national conservation and management strategies.

Wildlife Worldwide - Travel | Experience | Conserve

The Prizes!

Overall winnerKingfisher Diving - Tom Way - Winner of our 2013 competition

Overall Junior winner

Overall Adult and Junior winners

For the overall Adult and Junior winners Laura Barwick will donate a copy of her most recent BBC Books title which she has just completed - "Life Story" - the book to accompany BBC1 series of the same title, due to transmit Autumn 2014; plus a copy of another forthcoming book "50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year: How Wildlife Photography Became Art".

Category winners (4 x Adult, 4 x Junior)

  • Marwell Wildlife annual membership x 1 year
  • Prints on display at Marwell Wildlife from end 2014
  • All runners up prizes (excluding family day pass)

All runners up (4 x Adult, 4 x Junior)

  • Family day pass to Marwell Wildlife
  • Prints on display at Marwell Wildlife from end 2014 
  • A3 print of your image by City Photographic

People’s Choice Winner x 1

  • Family day pass to Marwell Wildlife

The competition judges are: Ooh la la - Emily Riley - Junior winner of Cute & Funny category 2013

winners 2013

From captivating kingfishers and majestic snow leopards to juggling otters and busy bees, judges were spoilt for choice when it came to awarding Marwell Wildlife’s Photographer of the Year 2013 sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide.

See the stunning finalists photos


  • Competition open to all residents of the UK except Marwell Wildlife employees and anyone connected with the competition. By entering the competition the participants agree that their name and nearest town of residence may be released if they win, and that their likeness may be used for pre-arranged promotional purposes.
  • Snow Leopard - Adam Rivers - People's Choice Winner 2013All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not contravene the rights of third parties.
  • Technical spec: images must be entered as .jpg files no larger than 5MB and no smaller than 200KB.
  • Minor manipulation of images using Photoshop or equivalent is permitted.
  • By entering the competition, each entrant grants to Marwell Wildlife a non-exclusive irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their awarded image(s) and copies of their awarded image(s) in all media throughout the world in relation to the competition and the exhibition including but not limited to all use in the context of:
    - Judging the competition.
    - Display in the exhibition.
    - Inclusion in Marwell Wildlife magazines and/or similar.
    - Inclusion within Marwell Wildlife websites, including within interactive elements associated with the competition and/or exhibition (now known or hereafter created) available for viewing or download from Marwell Wildlife websites.
    - Inclusion in promotional, press and marketing materials associated with the competition and/or the exhibition.
    - Inclusion in any merchandising associated with the competition and/or the exhibition.

  • Entries must be submitted by 11.59pm on 31 August 2014
  • A non-refundable entry fee of £5 is payable for adults by credit or debit card and up to 5 images are permitted per competition entry. Up to two entries are permissable per person (up to 10 images in all categories across two entries and two payments of £5)
  • Amur Tiger - Mike Angel - Endangered Marwell Commended 2013Junior entrants must be aged 15 and under as at 31 August 2014
  • Entrants accept that images will be uploaded to the Marwell Wildlife Flickr group in medium resolution.
  • People's choice winner:
    • Once all images have been submitted, the People's Choice Flickr Group will be set up
    • The number of entries submitted will be limited to photos remaining in contention after the first round of judging has taken place
    • Any 'favourites' on images must be added by seemingly legitimate Flickr accounts (length of existence, collection of photos, real names)
    • The Top 10 People's Choice images (the 10 most 'favourite'd) will be ranked 1-10, added to a gallery on the Marwell Wildlife Facebook page and number of 'Likes' on each image will contribute to a final score out of 20 based on Facebook & Flickr combined ranking of the top 10. Voting will take place between early September and early October.
  • The winning entrants will be the ones that in the judge’s opinion is the best, apart from the people’s choice winner, which will be determined by the number of favourites posted on a shortlist of entries in our dedicated Flickr group to be set up by 5 September.
  • No cash alternative to prizes is available and prizes are non-transferable. Main junior prize of a special day at Marwell Zoo incorporating; a Junior Photographic Experience with our expert photographer, Jason Brown is for one child aged 8-15 and an accompanying adult. Prize will be arranged directly with the winner at a mutually convenient time for both the winner, a parent or guardian and photographer Jason Brown.
  • Images must be taken between 1 May 2013 and 14 September 2014.
  • On submission of photos, contact details must be provided including phone number and email address. Once photos are submitted they cannot be changed.

our supporting sponsors

Bushnell Trophy Cam XLT kindly provided by GardenatureGardenature manufacture and supply a diverse range of easy to use wildlife products. These include all types of Nest Box and Bird Feeder Camera systems, General Wildlife Cameras and Traps, Time Lapse, garden recycling items, bee hives and Underwater Pond Camera kits. Plus anything from Insect Habitats to Camouflage Wear, Photography Hides, Binoculars and Scopes to name just a few. Take a look!

City Photographic

A3 prints for finalists provided by City Photographic




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