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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

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The search for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 has begun.Domestic animals (cats, dogs, farm animals, etc) and cultivated plants (species or hybrids grown in a cultivated setting) do not count as wildlife and are not eligible subjects.

Awards:

The winner

The title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 will be given to the photographer whose single image is judged to be the most striking and memorable of all the entries. The winning photographer will receive a cheque for £10,000, which will be presented at an awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London, in October 2008.
Prize £10,000

Special Awards:

Eric Hosking Award – Prize: £1,000

Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife – Prize: £1,000

One Earth Award – Prize: £1,000

Photographer’s Award for Lifetime Commitment to Wildlife Photography New for 2008.

Categories for the 2008 competition

Adult categories

You can enter up to three digital images or colour slides in each of the following categories.
Each category has a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £250.

  1. Animals in Their Environment
  2. Animal Behaviour: Birds
  3. Animal Behaviour: Mammals
  4. Animal Behaviour: All Other Animals
  5. The Underwater World
  6. Animal Portraits
  7. In Praise of Plants
  8. Urban and Garden Wildlife
  9. Nature in Black and White
  10. Creative Visions of Nature
  11. Wild Places


Competition for young photographers

If you’re 17 or under, this is your part of the competition. You can enter up to six images – digital, prints or slides – of any wild animals, plants or landscapes. The judges will be looking for original, beautiful or striking shots rather than rare or exotic subjects. Creatures or places near home that you know well or have easy access to are good choices of subject. The way you frame and crop your subject is as important as getting the focus right, and the level and type of light is a vital ingredient.

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

This title is awarded to the young photographer whose image is chosen from the three winners of the age categories below. He or she will receive a prize of £500 and a day out with a well-known wildlife photographer.

Categories

You can enter up to six images (colour prints, slides or digital images on CD) in your age category. The winner of each category will receive a prize of £250 and the runner-up a prize of £100.

1. 10 years and under
2. 11-14 years old
3. 15-17 years old

The official web site with all details, rules, guidance, etc.:
www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy-entry/

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