Wildlife Photography Competitions You Should Enter

Competitions to Enter

Your hard drive is inevitably full of pictures, some better than others, so why not enter your favourite shots into a competition? There are many wildlife photography competitions out there now, and some are considered very prestigious to be successful in. Even if you don’t win, it is still good fun and the final exhibitions of these contests are often fantastic to look around.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular wildlife photography competitions around today, although many of these competitions also feature categories for landscape photography and other areas of nature photography.

Nature TTL Photographer of the Year

Well, we couldn’t have this list without our very own competition. The Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition offers photographers the chance to win this prestigious title.

Our first year in operation saw 7,000 entries from 117 countries. The Overall Winner takes home a £1,500 cash prize.

The 2021 competition is now open for entries.


The winner of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2020 competition.

Bird Photographer of the Year

A highly prestigious, international wildlife photography competition specialising in bird images. The competition supports conservation through imagery, with strong ties to the Birds on the Brink charity.

The competition has a huge prize fund, with the overall winner taking home £5,000.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The dream of most wildlife photographers is to one day win the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The competition receives over 40,000 entries each year from some of the biggest names in the world of wildlife photography. The competition is extremely tough to place in, so being shortlisted in itself is an achievement. The overall winner nets £10,000.


GDT Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Also known as “European Wildlife Photographer of the Year”, this is another very prestigious competition worth entering. Attracting images from all over Europe, there is a €2,000 top prize.


Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards

This USA-based competition is open to photographers all around the world. There is no prize money in this particular competition, but successful images do get displayed in the famous Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.


British Wildlife Photographer of the Year

BWPA is a relatively new competition, having started in 2009, but one that is held in high regard by British photographers. It goes without saying that only images of British wildlife are accepted in this contest. The overall winner takes £5,000.


Zoological Society London Animal Photography Prize

Another UK competition, but accepting entries from all over the world, is the ZSL Animal Photography prize. Some of the world’s best wildlife photographers enter (and have won) this competition. Each category winner takes £2,000.


Underwater Photographer of the Year

The biggest and best competition for photographers who spend their time below the waves. Prizes awarded are pieces of equipment for diving and the like.


British Bird Photograph of the Year

With a top prize of £1,000, this lesser-known competition is definitely worth entering.


Sony World Photography Awards – Nature & Wildlife Category

With a category for nature & wildlife, the SWPA are free to enter. The “Open” competition gives the overall winner $5,000. The category winner gets camera equipment and is showcased in a London exhibition and winners book.

In the “Pro” competition, the overall winner nets $25,000! Category winners again get camera equipment, a place in the exhibition and book, and also flights to London and VIP tickets to the award gala ceremony. Fancy!



Good luck! If you are successful in any of these competitions, do let us know in the comments.

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