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Final call for entries: Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2014, sponsored by Lowepro

Last chance to enter! Do you use a remote camera? Whether you’re a researcher or a keen amateur wildlife photographer, submit your best photos and you could win a great prize.

Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2014 launch.

Do you capture photos by remote camera – for research, or just for your own interest? Enter your best images for the chance to win a great prize.

This year’s competition, sponsored by Lowepro, features two new overall awards to celebrate both the best scientific research and the best photography taken using camera-trap technology.

The Camera-Trap Photo of the Year competition launched in 2010, and has celebrated a host of exciting research projects from around the world.

Last year’s finalists included snow leopards, armadillos, cougars, ferret badgers, tigers and black bears, but it was the image of a Roach’s mouse-tailed dormouse from Turkey that won the top award.

“Camera-trap technology has done a great deal to advance research into animal behaviour,” explains BBC Wildlife editor Matt Swaine.

“At the same time more photographers are using these cameras to deliver astonishingly striking images of wildlife. To keep pace with these developments, we wanted to make sure that this year’s award could fully celebrate both camps.

So we have decided to split the award into two distinct areas: one that is open exclusively to research projects and another that is open to any photographer.

We hope this will allow us to celebrate more research like the Pantanal Giant Armadillo Project, a runner-up in last year’s New Discoveries category, while making sure that we can showcase images like the Amur tiger that won our Animal Portraits category.” 

Whether you’re a field researcher or a keen amateur, we want to see your best remote-camera images – and they could win you a £3,000 research grant or a Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L camera pack. 



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You can enter a maximum of 12 camera-trap images in any of the six categories. 

Please tell us more about each image you have entered into the competition. This information will be carefully considered by our panel of judges and may increase your chance of winning. 

Camera-trap Research Project of the Year

All three of the categories below are open exclusively to research projects using camera-trap technology. Winners of these three categories will compete for the Camera-Trap Research Project of the Year award. 

Judges will base their selection on the quality of the research and the importance of the image to that research.

New Behaviour Images taken during the course of research that show behaviour never before recorded.

New Range Images taken during research that show a species never photographed before outside its known range.

Rare Species Images taken during research that show a species that is rarely seen or never photographed in the wild. 


Camera-trap Photo of the Year

The three categories below require amazing camera-trap images and are open to everyone. Winners of these three categories will compete for the Camera-Trap Photographer of the Year award.

Animal Portraits Images should capture the character or spirit of their subject.

Animal Behaviour A compelling image that shows interesting or unusual behaviour.

British Wildlife Amazing images that capture the spirit and behaviour of British wildlife.



The overall winner of the three research categories will be chosen from the winners of each of the research categories and will be awarded Camera-trap Research Project of the Year and £3,000 for their research project.

The overall winner of the three photography categories will be chosen from the winners of the photography categories and will be awarded the Camera-trap Photo of the Year title and a prestigious prize. 

The winners of the six categories will win a Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L camera pack, worth £122. 

The winners, up to three runners-up and up to six commended images in each category will be published in BBC Wildlife and/or online at


*Please note this competition is OPEN to all UK and non-UK residents*



Mark Carwardine is a writer, BBC TV presenter and photographer who has travelled the world visiting conservation projects. He is on the council of the World Land Trust.

Rosamund Kidman Cox is an editor and writer specialising in wildlife. A judge of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition since 1981, she also produces the WildPhotos symposium.

Steve Harris is professor of environmental sciences at Bristol University. One of the UK’s leading mammal experts, he is a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife

Elliott Neep is a self-taught, award-winning photographer who travels all over the world, and frequently uses infra-red camera-traps with wireless strobes.

Wanda Sowry is the picture editor of BBC Wildlife who selects images for every feature, and curates the Portfolio and Wild image spreads that appear in each issue. 


Why not enjoy last year's camera-trap winners?


Study the rules (below) and follow the instructions to upload your images.


The closing date is 23.59pm on 30 June 2014.    



1 To read our competition terms and conditions, click here. They should be read together with those on this page as they will both govern your entry to this competition. By submitting an entry, you accept the rules and the terms and conditions.

2. The competition is open to everyone except employees of Immediate Media Co and Lowepro, as well as their immediate families.

3. Maximum 12 entries per project.

4. No photos may be entered in more than one category.

5. The photos must have been taken in the past three years and be your own original work. You – or your organisation – must be the owner of the copyright of all photos entered. Immediate Media Co does not accept any liability in the publication of unlawfully reproduced photos.

6. All photos must feature wild animals in their natural habitat.

7. To enter, all photos must be uploaded to our website by the closing date of 23.59pm on 30 June 2014.

8. All photos must be submitted as jpegs. Each jpeg should be 1000x700 pixels (or 9x6cm) at 300dpi. Each image may be black and white or colour.

9. All photos must be labelled with the category, your name and the subject (in this order) in the title.

10. All entries must be accompanied by an online entry form, including full details of the project and the conservation organisation if you are entering the research categories.

11. BBC Wildlife takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries.

12. BBC Wildlife and Immediate Media Co will use your data for the purposes of administering this competition and, where you have provided permission, to contact you about other products and services that we believe would be of interest. BBC Worldwide would also like to contact you with details of special offers, where you have provided permission.

13. The entry of any photo to the competition constitutes a grant to Immediate Media Co of the non-exclusive right to reproduce it for any purpose in association with the competition at any time, in any media, without compensation.

14. The photos will be judged by an independent panel appointed by BBC Wildlife. We reserve the right to change the advertised judges.

15. The judges’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

16. BBC Wildlife reserves the right to withhold prizes if, in the opinion of the judges, the quality of entries falls below the standard required.

17. The winners will be notified by email by November 2014.

18. The winners will be published in the December 2014 issue of BBC Wildlife (on sale 20 November 2014) and online at

19. The prize money and camera packs will be awarded to winners by Lowepro by December 2014.

20. The judges reserve the right to disqualify an entry if they feel that the welfare of the animal has been compromised.

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