Photo Competition

Mammal Photographer of the Year Competition

Our competition presents you with the challenge to get fab photos of wild mammals in the British Isles. We look for images that tell a story, show rare behaviour, highlight mammals in a fragile environment, or make the ordinary extraordinary. The aim is to bring mammals into public focus, raise awareness of the issues they face, and encourage appreciation for the species that are often overlooked but essential to the health of our habitats. 

This years judges are Sophie Stafford and returning for the 3rd year running Kate MacRae aka Wildlife Kate.


1st prize:                

A wildlife & conservation holiday in Britain courtesy of Wild Days Conservation 


Runner up prizes:

A days photography course courtesy of West Country Wildlife Photography Centre 

A place at a photography event run by renowned wildlife photographer and author Iain Green, courtesy of People's Trust for Endangered Species 


Please send entries to
Closing date is 15th February 2015

See the full Terms and Conditions

2014 Winners 

Kate MacRae AKA, "Wildlife Kate", returned to judge again this year with Mike Dilger! The winning, highly commended and shortlisted images were then exhibited on the evening of Friday 4th April 2014, coinciding with our 60th Spring Conference, at Birmingham Aston University.

1st Prize by © Stuart Scott who won Opticron ed-x 10x42 binoculars worth £319 


2nd Prize by © Grant Auton who won Photography day at West Country Wildlife Photography Centre 


3rd prize by © Adrian Hinchliffe who won a year's subscription to Wild Travel, the magazine from Wildlife Extra


Under 18s 1st Prize by © Alex Berryman who won a Bushnell NatureView HD trailcam worth £300


Under 18s 2nd Prize by © Samuel Bayliss who won a Squirrel Lover's Pack from Ark Wildlife.


1st Mammal Society Photographer of the Year - 2013


1st place: Roy Rimmer                   2nd place: Julie Milne       3rd place: Gary Cox

Judges Kate MacRae, AKA "Wildlife Kate", and photographer Steve Magennis judged over 400 amazing images.

The competition was sponsored by:


  • 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 and location 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.
  • Up to 5 images are permitted per entrant.
  • 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 submitting an entry you give The Mammal Society permission to use your image(s) in its efforts to raise awareness and conserve mammals, such as on the website or in our members' magazine Mammal News. The entrant will receive acknowledgement where their entry is used.
  • 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.