Mammal Photographer of the Year 2018 – now open for entries!
Mammals are some of our most difficult creatures to photograph in the UK. Entrants to our photo competition prove every year that they are more than up to the challenge of capturing images of these elusive animals, and we expect this year to be no exception.
Each year over 300 entries are received and judged by our panel of wildlife photography experts, and the prizes are presented at the opening of The Mammal Society Spring Conference, which in 2018 will be held at the University of Exeter on Friday 20th April. Prizes will be presented by our Cranbrook speaker and competition judge shortly to be announced.
This year’s competition will open from the 21st October 2017, coinciding with the 2017 National Mammal Week.
If you have taken a prize-winning mammalian photo and would like to enter this year’s competition, please review the categories below and the terms and conditions before sending your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on the 2nd March 2018. Please make sure that you include your name in the image title so that we can credit you accordingly.
You can view the winning photos in our Mammal Photographer of the Year press release here.
MPOY 2018 Categories
Mammals of the UK
Have you captured a prize-winning photo of a UK mammal? Winners of this category will be well balanced, dynamic and striking photos that catch the eye.
1st prize: An all-inclusive conservation holiday in Dorset with Wild Days Conservation from Mon 16th – Fri 20th July 2018. Please note that while this holiday is all inclusive, travel to and from the meeting place is not included. More details here.
2nd prize: A two night mid week stay for two in a luxury yurt at Knepp Wildland Safaris in West Sussex.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year
Are you an aspiring Mammal Photographer aged 18 or under? If so, this is the category for you. Prizes will once again be split into winners aged 15 and under, and ages 16-18.
1st prize aged 16-18: A day of mammal photography at the Westcountry Wildlife Photography Centre
1st prize aged 15 and under: £50 Gift Voucher from NHBS
There are additional prizes for:
Best Overall Mammal Society member: A BBC Wildlife magazine subscription for a year from NHBS
Best “Mammal Comedian” photo: Binoculars from CJ Wildlife
The 2018 Judges
Cranbrook speaker and competition judge shortly to be announced
Hilary has been editor of the Mammal News for 5 years. She is currently an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and is working on a PhD on Pollinators. “After my undergrad degree finished in 2010, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work as a research assistant at the Animal Behaviour Research Unit in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania, for 18 months. Collecting food preference choices made by a habituated baboon troop was, in effect, an 18 month walking safari. However I feel as privileged being able to watch wild animals in Britain and hope to encourage everyone to take the opportunities on their own doorstep.”
Fiona is Chair of the Mammal Society and also Professor of Mammalian Biology at the University of Sussex. Recent projects include research to quantify the hazards posed to bats by wind turbines; work on the negative (and sometimes positive) effects of roads and street-lighting for wildlife; and assessing the opportunities to improve the control of bovine tuberculosis in badgers and cattle through the management of farm landscapes.
Derek is the founder chair of the Staffordshire mammal group, which was established in 2000. He has spent 37 years watching otters at Leighton Moss and elsewhere. He is coordinating the Mammal Society’s UK Atlas project and is a keen mammal photographer in his spare time.
Terms and Conditions
- Email up to 5 photos in JPEG format, up to 5Mb (1Mb minimum), telling us where the photo was taken, with any story that goes with it. Please keep large resolution copies of your photos, in case your entry is placed, for promotional and printing purposes. Please make sure that you include your name in the image title so that we can credit you accordingly.
- Please tell us your full name, age (if 18 or under), category you are entering, Mammal Society membership number if applicable, location and contact details with your submissions.
- Mammals must have been photographed within the British Isles (including UK & Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Channel Isl., Scottish Islands, Isle of Mann), and captive mammals must be labelled as such. Zoo animals can be submitted if they are a mammal found in the British Isles. Pets and farm animals are not eligible.
- Animals in captivity (such as wildlife centres, rescue centres, wildlife parks etc) are allowed so long as they are still free to move and behave as they would in the wild. Animals must not be captured for the purposes of photography, and images must not be contrived to the extent that the animal cannot move or behave freely and naturally.
- The Mammal Society does not condone any loss to the highest levels of welfare for any animal when capturing a photo for the competition. If we suspect this might have happened, and cannot satisfactorily resolve this with the owner of the photograph, the image will be disqualified.
- Entries from professional photographers (those whose main income is their photography) are not eligible to enter. Entries are not restricted to those living within the UK; however, the mammals must be photographed within the British Isles.
- By entering your image, you agree to grant The Mammal Society the non-exclusive right to publish, feature, reproduce and use it for any purpose at any time in any of its publications, websites and associated media outlets including adverts, cards, press releases, social media, our Mammal News magazine etc in existence now or later invented. The photo will be credited with the photographer’s name wherever possible; however, the Mammal Society reserves the right to use uncredited photos in small images such as those used in social media.
- Each image can only be entered once, must have been created in the past three years and be your own original work. You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all images entered. The Promoter does not accept any liability for the publication of unlawfully reproduced images.
- Computer-generated or computer-altered images will not be accepted, including black and white images. Artwork and illustrations will not be accepted. Works that have been submitted into other competitions will be accepted.
- Prizes are as stated; no alternative can be offered. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact winners. Prizes unclaimed within a reasonable time frame will be reallocated. The judges’ decision is final. The competition may be modified or withdrawn at any time.
- In the event of a prize being withdrawn, an alternative prize of equal value will be offered.