East Surrey Online
Date(s) - 07-May-2021 to 16-August-2021
East Surrey Online
With the country gradually coming out of lockdown, it’s a great chance for young people aged 18 or under to get out and about to take wonderful animal photos. Last year’s competition saw amazing winning images from young people from all walks of life, featuring all species of animals – from deer and kittens to giraffes and moths – which were taken on a range of different cameras, including smartphones.
With eleven different categories to choose from this year, there’s something for every age group and skills level with some fabulous prizes to be won.
New for 2021 is the school challenge, the ‘Animal Welfare Watch’ category, asking young people to show a pet, a wild animal or farm animal in a photo that demonstrates one of the five essential welfare needs of animals. These are food and water, bed and shelter, health, natural behaviour and having company. The photo could be really simple; from an animal enjoying some food or a drink or settling down for a rest, to showing how it stays healthy, what it does when it’s behaving naturally and what type of company it prefers. Whoever wins this ‘Animal Welfare Watch’ category will also win a prize for their school. There are two prizes up for grabs in this new category, one for under 12s and another for 12-18 year olds.
The popular ‘Small World’ category launched last year delivered the competition’s overall winner for 2020. Introduced during the 2020 lockdown to encourage children to create a photo while still keeping safe, the Small World category demonstrates just how many aspects of the animal kingdom it’s possible to spot close to home. With so much to appreciate about our immediate surroundings, pictures in this category could show anything from a pet, local wildlife or nearby farmyard friends to tiny creatures spotted while out on a walk, in a garden or perhaps a window box.
Judges include wildlife photographer and TV presenter Chris Packham, wildlife photographer and former competition winner Catriona Parfitt, professional wildlife photographer and photographic guide Ellie Rothnie, wildlife photographer, filmmaker and previous winner Dani Connor and the RSPCA’s multimedia manager Andrew Forsyth and senior photographer Emma Jacobs.
Enter online here.