British young animal photographer competition


This video from Britain says about itself:

RSPCA Video – Young Photographer Awards 2013

RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2013 ceremony at the Tower of London, hosted by Chris Packham.

From Wildlife Extra:

RSPCA launches this year’s Young Photographer Awards competition

Between May 27 and August 25 young people aged 18 and under can put their best images forward for this year’s Young Photographer Awards (YPA) photo competition run by the RSPCA.

There are six categories to enter:

Under 12s

12 – 15 years

16 – 18 years

Pet Personalities

Making Life Better

Portfolio

From each of the categories the judges will choose an overall winner who will receive first prize of a weekend photography break with award winning wildlife photographer Danny Green from Natures Images. All winners will get vouchers for photographic equipment from Wex Photographic and Olympus.

The judges for this year’s competition are: Chris Packham, wildlife expert, photographer and author; Catriona Parfitt, a previous YPA winner in 2005 and 2010, from Swanwick in Southampton; Andrew Forsyth, professional wildlife photographer and former RSPCA chief photographer; Oliver Atwell, from Amateur Photographer magazine; Jules Cox, British wildlife photographer from Brighton; Elliott Neep, award-winning wildlife photographer from Harwell, South Oxfordshire.

A selection of photos from the Pet Personalities category will be put to the public vote to decide the People’s Choice Award. Winners will be presented with their prizes at an awards ceremony at the Tower of London in December.

Springwatch presenter and long-standing YPA judge, Chris Packham, said: “I have been judging the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Awards for several years and I am always amazed by the high standard of entries. Animals are all around us, whether it is foxes, squirrels or butterflies and it would be great to get as broad a range as possible.

“We see some incredibly beautiful images of wildlife and this year I’m hoping we will also get some photos of pets mixed in. It could be cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, or if you don’t have a pet you could get a photo of cows in the field which you pass on your way to school each day.

“This is such a brilliant competition which really makes us stop 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.”

Professional wildlife photographer and former RSPCA chief photographer Andrew Forsyth from Brighton, West Sussex offered young people his tips for success:

● Be original. Don’t try to copy pictures you’ve seen in previous years or by another photographer. Surprise the judges with something new.

● Find a subject and work at it. Don’t just rely on a lucky shot; find an animal that you can photograph over and over. Get to know your subject inside out and use that knowledge to improve your pictures.

● Get to know your camera. Learn how to change the camera settings without thinking about them so that you won’t miss a golden opportunity.

● Get feedback from people as you work. Trust your instincts and always ask yourself, how can I improve this picture? Then go out and do it…

Catriona Parfitt, 21, said: “I was absolutely delighted to be asked to judge at the awards, particularly as I know the calibre of the other judges. I really like photos which use interesting light to make you look again at well known wildlife in a new way.

“I think that particularly as this is a young person’s competition it would be great to see a fresh perspective on wildlife.”

The closing date for the competition is August 25. Hopeful candidates can enter online.

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