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The Student Wildlife Photography Competition

A Focus on Nature's Student Wildlife Photography Competition is back for its second year! Once again, we've teamed up with the National Union of Students (NUS) to create a competition open to anyone currently in further or higher education in the UK! Enter your photos into any of our three categories for a chance to win some incredible prizes.

Entries can be submitted from the 15th April 2019, with a deadline of the 15th May 2019. Winners will be announced on 17th June 2019.



Inspired by our ‘Now For Nature’ campaign, this category is all about showcasing what students are doing to help the environment right now! Maybe you volunteer at a nature reserve or help out with local beach cleans? You might be conducting important scientific research to aid in conservation efforts? Or perhaps you simply cycle to the library instead of using motorised transport? Whatever it is, we want you to capture the story in a single photo! Remember, content is far more important than quality here!

hidden nature

We’re all familiar with the classic wildlife photos- a kingfisher diving from a branch or a red deer stag in the morning mist- but for this category we want you to show us the animals, plants and wild spaces that are often overlooked. Find an obscure species or a lost landscape and use a fresh perspective to turn it into something that really stands out! We’re looking for an image that we’ve never seen before!

my local patch

We all have that favourite local wildlife haunt- a special place that you return to again and again throughout the year. In this category we want you to show off your local patch and the wildlife within it. This may be a familiar species in its environment or a treasured view from your favourite bench. Most importantly, we want the subject of the image to mean something to you!

Rules and T&Cs

  • There is no entry fee to submit images.

  • Photographers may only submit 1 image per category.

  • The deadline for entry is 15th May 2019 at 12:00pm GMT (midday). Images submitted after this time may not be accepted.

  • Images must entirely be the work of the individual submitting. 

  • Images should be no smaller than 1MB and no larger than 10MB. Images should be JPEG files. All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing if required.

  • The author of the image retains full ownership of the copyright in each image.

  • AFON reserves the right to reproduce, change and use any image submitted for its own promotional and marketing purposes.

  • Images must have been taken on or after 15th April 2018 (1 year before competition start date). Any images found to be taken before this date will be disqualified.

  • Photographers must have been studying at a UK higher or further education institution at the time the photograph was taken. This includes sixth form colleges and universities. Students from any course, full-time or part-time, may apply.

  • Images must not have won or been commended in any other photographic competition.

  • The decision of the judges is final and cannot be disputed.

  • Due to the high number of applications, AFON is unable to provide individual feedback on images.

  • The judging panel may disqualify any photo for any reason, without feedback.

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