Mammal Photographer of the Year 2017
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 3oo entries are received from amateur photographers 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 2017 was held at Robinson College, Cambridge on Friday 31st March. Prizes were presented by our Cranbrook speaker and competition judge Simon King.
The 2017 competition is now closed.
You can view the winning photos in our Mammal Photographer of the Year press release here.
The 2018 competition will open during the summer of 2017. Watch this space for more details.
MPOY 2017 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: A conservation holiday with Wild Days Conservation in Dorset, July 2017. These holidays are a favourite among our members. 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 2 night mid week stay for two in a luxury yurt at Knepp Wildland Safaris in West Sussex.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year
1st prize ages 16-18: A wildlife photographer’s hide and £50 worth of vouchers from CJ Wildlife.
Best Overall Mammal Society member will win £50 of vouchers from NHBS
Best Mammal Comedian photo will win a day of wildlife photography at the West Country Wildlife Photography Centre.
The 2017 Judges
Simon was born on 27th of December 1962 in Nairobi, Kenya.
He began his career as a child actor at the age of ten, but soon moved into the field of natural history. His early programmes include Man and Boy, King’s Country and Walk on the Wildside. Simon has contributed memorable footage to some off the BBC’s most prestigious wildlife series including Blue Planet, Life in the Freezer and Planet earth.
He is well known for his presenting work on popular series such as Big Cat Diary, Springwatch and Autumnwatch as well as his series Simon King’s Shetland Dairies. Simon is involved with many wildlife charities – The Wildlife Trust, Tusk Trust, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and The Woodland Trust, to name but a few.
He launched the Simon King Wildlife Project in 2014 which is a registered charity dedicated to land restoration, education and engagement in the natural world. We do this using live cams and video on demand as well as focusing on bringing nature back into our impoverished landscape.
For more information visit www.simonkingwildlife.com
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 Associate Professor of Mammalian Biology at the University of Exeter. She researches a wide range of mammalian species, and is known particularly for her work on bats. Fiona enjoys photographic wildlife in her spare time and is interested in using images to convey conservation messages.
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.
2016 competition winners
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 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.
- Professional photographers (those whose main income is their photography) are not eligible to enter. Photos that have been sold for commercial purposes may not be entered. 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.