Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2015 is live!

Tiger Selfie by Calum O\'Flaherty

Tiger Selfie by Calum O'Flaherty

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!

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.

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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 2015
  • 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 2015 
  • A3 print of your image by City Photographic

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 2015!

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 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

Need inspiration?

See the winners and finalists from our 2014 competition in our album on Flickr. Including 'Leopard cub in the light' by George Wheelhouse - our Photographer of the Year!

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.

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 31 August 2015

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 31 August 2015

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 30 based on Facebook, Flickr and in-park voting combined ranking of the top 10. 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 2014 and 31 August 2015.

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 one place on the Travelling Naturalist Birds & Mammals tour of Estonia departing in May 2016. (exact dates 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 City Photographic

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