Welcome to Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009. I’m delighted you are considering taking part this year and hope you do.
For Mark Carwardine’s complete introduction to the competition and suggestions and insider tips to help you to win, see the February issue of BBC Wildlife (on sale 22 January – 19 February).
Here’s some useful information on how to enter and what you could win.
This year, we are proud to welcome Veolia Environnement as the competition’s title sponsor. Veolia is a world leader in environmental services.
How to choose your images
How to process your images
» Behaviour: All Other Animals. This category has huge scope, but you must show genuinely interesting behaviour.
» The title Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be given to the single image judged to be the most striking and memorable of all the category winners.
» The winning photographer will be presented with £10,000 at an awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London, in October. Each category winner receives £500 and every runner-up £250. Special Award winners receive £1,000.
» All winning images are displayed in an exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, and then toured around the UK and many countries overseas.
» The pictures will also be published in a free supplement with the November issue of BBC Wildlife and in a hardback book.
HOW TO ENTER YOUR IMAGES
» Many of the rules and category definitions have been carefully revised to make them clearer, so even if you’ve been entering the competition for years and think you know what we’re looking for, visit www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto to check.
» Translations of the rules will be available online in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
» New for 2009. The competition now accepts scans of transparencies (all formats) and digital images. Up to three pictures may be entered in each category. The original transparencies or original digital capture as it was recorded by the camera will be requested and must be supplied if an image reaches the final stage of judging.
» Enter online at www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto. Closing date for online entries: Friday 27 March 2009.
» Closing date for postal entries (CDs only): Friday 20 March 2009.
» Fees: £25 for online entry (£20 if entered by 28 February) or £27 for postal entries (CDs only, please).
» The Young Photographer competition is free to enter for photographers aged 17 and under. Read the full rules online.