Are you a young rider passionate about photography? If so, why not share your love for animals by entering the RSPCA competition.
The 2022 RSPCA Young Photographer Awards are open for submissions and run until August 16. There are 10 different categories to choose from, including the introduction of two new categories this year: Pet Personalities and Pet Portraits, so your horse, pony or donkey can have a starring role.
“‘Pet Personalities’ is a chance to capture an animal companion in action, revealing their natural behavior and character,” said judge and RSPCA photographer Andrew Forsyth. “The ‘Pet Portraits’ category gives you a chance to show off your photography skills by capturing a more formal portrait of a pet. But of course we want to see that your pet is always comfortable and happy to be photographed.
The judges include: Chris Packham, wildlife photographer, TV presenter and RSPCA Deputy Chairman; former contest winner turned professional photographer Catriona Parfitt; professional wildlife photographer and photographic guide Ellie Rothnie; and RSPCA photographers Andrew Forsyth and Emma Jacobs.
Sponsors of the competition are Natures Images (wildlife photography vacations), Camtraptions (wildlife photography camera traps) and Wildlifephoto.com (resources for wildlife photographers).
Share your talent
The categories are: under 12 (taken with a camera), 12-15 (taken with a camera), 16-18 (taken with a camera), under 12 (taken with a mobile/device), 12 to 15 years old (taken on a mobile/device), 16-18 years old (taken on a mobile/device), Pet Personalities, Pet Portraits, Small World and Portfolio.
“I think the best thing about the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards is that as judges we always see something new,” added Andrew Forsyth. “Young photographers don’t try to copy other photographers. They always bring new ideas, try different things, a new approach. It is always a real joy and a surprise to go through the applications every year.
The judges will award trophies to the winners of each category, as well as the crowning of a big winner. They will benefit from a weekend of photography with the team of award-winning wildlife photographer Danny Green from Natures Images, including two nights accommodation for the winner and a parent/guardian.
The winners will be announced in December 2022, at an awards ceremony hosted by Chris Packham at the Tower of London.
To learn more and enter visit www.rspca.org.uk/ypa
The deadline for registration is August 16.
Main image: 2021 Picture Perfect Pets winner – Megan Brown, 15, “Delightful donkeys”
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