BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2013: competition now open SEARCH NEWS

Camera-trap image of leopard on a leopard path

BBC Wildlife Magazine has launched its 2013 Camera-trap Photo of the Year competition, its annual global search for the very best remote-camera images.

The competition, sponsored by the World Land Trust and Enterprise Plants, is open to both field researchers and keen amateurs.

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Now in its fourth year, the competition aims to discover the most visually exciting or significant camera-trap images being produced around the world.

A maximum of 12 camera-trap images can be entered into any of the following four categories:

  • Animal Portraits – Images taken during the course of research that capture the character or spirit of their subject.
  • Animal Behaviour – Images captured during the course of research that show interesting or unusual behaviour.
  • New Discoveries – Images that show something new to science, such as a species never before photographed in the wild or outside its known range, or behaviour never before recorded. The caption must make clear what the discovery is.
  • British Wildlife – Images taken in the British Isles by amateur photographers.

Camera-traps are invaluable for nature conservation

John Burton, Chief Executive of World Land Trust, said: “Camera-traps are invaluable aids to conservation often providing essential proof of the existence of rare animals, as well as allowing populations to be monitored with minimal disturbance. These prizes, which go to organisations rather than to individuals, are a great encouragement to extend the use of camera-traps as a conservation tool.”

“Camera-traps are invaluable aids to conservation often providing essential proof of the existence of rare animals, as well as allowing populations to be monitored with minimal disturbance.”
(John Burton, Chief Executive, World Land Trust)

Sophie Stafford, Editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine, said: “From courageous jackals to Chinese leopards and curious tiger cubs, the competition is a source of precious insights into the secret lives of the world’s most elusive – and rare – species. We have been delighted by the popularity of the contest and are thrilled to be able to support such important research, thanks to our generous sponsors.”

Competition prizes

The winner of each of the three ‘research’ categories will be awarded £1,000 for their project. The overall winner will be chosen from one of these three winners and their project will win an additional £2,000. The winner of the British Wildlife category will win a top-of-the-range Páramo Halcon jacket worth £310.

Chris Jenkin, Managing Director of Enterprise Plants, is delighted to help fund organisations committed to preserving flora and fauna by sponsoring the competition prizes: “The competition perfectly highlights both the need for and also the success of habitat conservation around the world. The stunning pictures highlight not only the grace and beauty of the animals themselves but serve to remind us how critical it is to preserve their natural habitats to ensure these species survive.”

Catherine Whitehead of Páramo Directional Clothing Systems adds: “Páramo are excited about the prospect of another crop of wonderful and evocative camera trap photos and are particularly looking forward to the British wildlife entries and the unexpected that they may uncover. We are delighted to offer our top of the range Halcon Jacket as a prize to help keep the British wildlife category winner warm and dry in the British cold and wet.”

More information

  • The winners, up to three runners-up and up to six commended images in each category, will be published in the December 2013 issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine and on the BBC Wildlife Magazine website,
  • The closing date for entries is 31 July 2013, and all photos must be submitted online at
  • Full competition rules and further information on how to enter the competition are published in the May issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine on sale 10 April, and online at