Entry to the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2017 is now officially open and judges are hoping this year’s categories will appeal to more entrants than ever.
The new ‘mobile phone’ category will provide a fresh challenge, reflecting the important photographic role played by mobile devices in our lives today. Any mobile device can be used in this category, which is aimed at all skill levels, from beginners to complete pros.
The judging panel for 2017 will include wildlife expert and BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham: “I have been judging the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards for many years and I am always amazed by the high standard of entries.
“We see some incredibly beautiful images of wildlife and this year I’m hoping to see fantastic pictures of animals taken with devices like mobile phones and tablets.
“Photographs of any animals can be entered into the competition. It could be a pet dog, a cat, or maybe your rabbits. And if you don’t have a pet why not head out into the countryside for some wildlife? Or if you see a bird or other animal on your way to school, you could take a picture of that.
“This is a such a brilliant competition as it really makes us stop, look at and think about the animals around us. Some of the photos we have seen have captured really magical moments and I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.
The overall prize is a weekend photography break – ‘Seal Spectacular’ from Natures Images – and up to £800 of photographic vouchers from Wex Photographic for the category winners, who will also receive a trophy and certificate.
The closing date is 4pm on Friday 18 August. Hopeful entrants can submit their images online at www.rspca.org.uk/ypa/17
For 2017 there are five categories, of which entrants can enter three with a maximum of 25 photos:
• Under 12 years
• 12–15 years
• 16–18 years
• Mobile phone and devices
An overall winner will be chosen by the judges from the winners of each category.