Photographer of the Year competition 2016

Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2016

PLEASE NOTE: 2017 sees us take a break from the photographic competition - watch this space for news of a forthcoming competition in the future.

See results from our 2016 competition revealed in Marwell News

What are we looking for?

...Striking images that capture the essence of nature, exhibiting photographic excellence, high quality and great composition 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 Zoo Residents
  4. Marwell Zoo Endangered – species at Marwell classified by IUCN as endangered or critically endangered

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!

Need inspiration? Check out our Flickr album to see the 2015 finalists in all their glory.

How to enter?

Entry to the competition costs £10 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 a title and description for 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.

What are the prizes?

Overall winner

Overall Junior winner

Category winners (4 x Adult, 4 x Junior)

  • Marwell Zoo annual membership x 1 year
  • Prints on display at Marwell Zoo from end 2016
  • All runners up prizes (excluding family day pass)

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

  • Family day pass to Marwell Zoo
  • Prints on display at Marwell Zoo from end 2016 
  • A3 print of your image by Digital Print FX

People’s Choice Winner x 1

Our judges and sponsors

We're delighted to announce that Winchester based wildlife travel specialists, Wildlife Worldwide are again sponsoring our Photographer of the Year competition 2016!

The top prize in this year’s competition is provided by The Travelling Naturalist, part of the same group of companies as Wildlife Worldwide, operating expert led wildlife and birding holidays for small groups.

Wildlife Worldwide are delighted to be involved and have contributed £1,000 to help Marwell’s conservation work with Grevy’s Zebra in Africa. These 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 & The Travelling Naturalist - Travel | Experience | Conserve

What are the terms and conditions of entry?

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.

All 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. Pictures also must be 3000x2000 pixels or less.

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 and social media channels.

 - Inclusion in promotional, press and marketing materials associated with the competition and/or Marwell Wildlife.

- Inclusion in any merchandising associated with the competition and/or Marwell Wildlife.

Entries must be submitted by 11.59pm on 29 August 2016

A non-refundable entry fee of £10 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 £10)

Junior entrants must be aged 15 and under as at 1 September 2016

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 from the images submitted in our adult categories.

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 voting. Voting will take place between late 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 - as detailed above.

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 2015 and 29 August 2016.

On submission of photos, contact details must be provided including phone number and email address. Once photos are submitted they cannot be changed.

The winner will receive TOP PRIZE to be confirmed. The prize is for one person in a single room including return flights from the UK, airport taxes and accommodation. The prize excludes travel insurance, any required visa, drinks, tips and any other personal expenses. The tour content is subject to change. The tour is subject to minimum numbers- should the minimum not be reached an alternative holiday will be offered at an equivalent value. No cash alternative will be offered. Wildlife Worldwide will publish the winners name in their blog and on social media profiles.

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A3 prints for finalists provided by Digital Print FX.

Native short eared owl hunting by James Welch
Native short eared owl hunting by James Welch

Its a big blue world by Tim Archer
Its a big blue world by Tim Archer

Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide
Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide

Investigating the light by Lawrie Brailey
Investigating the light by Lawrie Brailey

Top prize from The Travelling Naturalist Top prize from The Travelling Naturalist

A3 prints by Digital Print FX
A3 prints by Digital Print FX

Wildlife camera system provided by Gardenature
Wildlife camera system provided by Gardenature