Research: Potential Wildlife & Landscape Photography Events, Competitions & Exhibitions

For this post, I decided to consider any potential events, competitions or exhibitions related to wildlife or landscape photography. I felt that this would encourage me to start thinking about the purpose and direction of my visual work after finalising a body of images.

Firstly, there is a huge variety of both wildlife and landscape photography competitions, I have highlighted some of the more poignant examples, starting with the British wildlife photography award. For the purposes of this post, I have drawn emphasis to this years winners.

British Wildlife Photography Award winners 2013


George Karbus

The beauty of Britain’s wildlife is celebrated as the winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards are announced. This incredible encounter titled ‘In the living room’ was the overall winner and submitted by George Karbus who said: “Water visibility is always very limited in Ireland, and I was very lucky to get a shot like this.”


Danny Green

This sleepy autumn scene in Devon, England was highly commended in the wild woods category and was taken by Danny Green who pointed out the intricacies of photographing endangered mammals, saying: “This dormouse is hibernating and so I used a qualified handler to help me.”


James Knight

The winner of the hidden Britain category is titled ‘Viewpoint’ and was taken by James Knight in Buckinghamshire, England. This backlit tiny snail, Helix aspersa, created a shadow that caught Mr Knight’s eye, who then recomposed his image and waited until it reached the end of the fern before taking the photo.


Mark N Thomas

The winner of the animal portraits category was taken by Mark N Thomas at Trefor Pier, Gwynedd, North Wales of this tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine). Simply titled ‘Tommy’, Mr Thomas appears to have captured its inquisitive character and said: “This fish could be found in the same place on several dives.”


Richard Peters

In the same category, patience was the key to this highly commended image of little owl chicks titled ‘The three Stooges’. It was taken in Sussex, England by Richard Peters who said: “Trying to get all three in view and looking in my direction was a waiting game!”


Jamie Hall

In the urban wildlife category, the judges looked for an original image that shows wild animals or plants within an urban environment. Jamie Hall spent three weeks travelling between his home in Leicester to London and his persistence was rewarded with this winning image.


Robert Canis

Robert Canis won the botanical Britain category with this image that captures the symbiotic relationship between tiny fungi and massive trees. “This particular day, the conditions were perfect: misty and still,” Mr Canis said.

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Michael Gallagher

Sometimes it is not a question of getting the camera close to nature but nature getting close to the camera in the natural details category. This winning image of a cuttlefish’s eye was taken by Michael Gallagher, who said it approached him seemingly “intrigued by the camera-wielding, bubble-blowing intruder”.

What seems to really define each of these images from the other, more generic examples of wildlife is at core both the knowledge of their subject’s and their behaviour as well the photographers patience and enthusiasm to capture a frame, a moment that expresses a sense of character and personality.

A re-occurring  aspect in more contemporary examples of wildlife imagery is an interest that extends beyond simple documentation and aims to create a narrative which projects human concepts of personality upon animal subjects. This is especially the case with film formats of wildlife documentary.

I also started to look at more commercial examples of photographic competitions from travel companies. I have selected a random example to demonstrate the guidelines and format many of competitions follow. This allowed me to gain a sense of what type of travel photographs such organisations might look for when searching for potential promotional images.

About us

WEXAS is one of the UK’s most respected travel companies, specialising in tailor-made travel across all seven continents and endorsed by such Honorary Presidents as Sir Ranulph Fiennes, John Simpson and Michael Palin.

WEXAS was founded in 1970 by current Chairman Dr Ian Wilson and remains an independent, family-owned business, committed to providing the highest level of personal service.

Welcome to the WEXAS Travel Photography Competition, supported by The Royal Photographic Society. With Landscapes now closed, we look forward to seeing your entries for the Wildlife 2013 category, open until 31st Dec 2013.

“We love to travel and bring our favourite moments back”
Jonathan Scott,

Photo Competition Terms

Terms & Conditions

  1. The WEXAS Travel Photography Competition (“the Photography Competition”) is operated by WEXAS Travel (referred to as “we” and “our” from this point on).
  2. The Competition is open to adults aged 18 or over only, excluding employees of WEXAS Travel, The Royal Photographic Society, the IoD, British Airways, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, Radisson Blu, Lyngen Lodge or their family members.
  3. The Photography Competition categories are People & Culture (01 May-30 June 2013), Landscapes (01 July-30 September 2013) and Wildlife (01 October-31 December 2013). You can enter a maximum of three photographs per category and photos need to be taken outside of the UK.
  4. Entries must be submitted within the category period and before midnight on the individual category closing dates listed in clause 3. The winner of the People & Culture category will be judged by Robin Hanbury-Tenison; the Landscapes category by Steve Watkins and Colin Prior; and the Wildlife category by Jonathan and Angie Scott. A grand prize will be awarded to an overall winner across the categories – this will be judged by the President of the Royal Photographic Society and the Editor of Traveller magazine. The winner of each category will be notified by the 15th day of the month following the closing date for that category; the winner of the grand prize by 15 January 2014. All winners will be announced in Traveller magazine as well as by email and on the web site. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.
  5. All entries must be made personally.
  6. We reserve the right to upload or not upload any image and to remove any image uploaded without giving reasons for the decision.
  7. By entering, the entrant agrees that:
  8. They have personally taken the images uploaded.
  9. They are the sole owner and copyright holder of the images.
  10. Entered photos may be reproduced free of charge in our promotional material, including but not limited to WEXAS brochures, Traveller magazine, WEXAS websites and social media pages.
  11. Copyright of entered photos remains with the photographer in its entirety. However, the photographer grants WEXAS non-exclusive rights to free reproduction of photographs entered for up to three years, on the condition reproductions acknowledge the photographer and their association with the Photography Competition.
  12. Entries not adhering to the stated criteria will be deemed unsuitable and disqualified. If this is discovered after the prize has been awarded, the winner will be disqualified and the prize, or the equivalent value, returned by the entrant.
  13. Photos that have previously won photo competitions may not be entered. This is a competition for amateur photographers and professional photographers are excluded, being defined as any entrant whose primary source of income is from photography.
  14. Personal details will at all times be kept confidential and unless you have specifically indicated otherwise, we reserve the right to contact you with news, promotions and offers. Upon entering the Photography Competition you will be provided with a WEXAS membership number and site login, allowing you to access the full range of member benefits. for our Privacy and Cookie Policy.
  15. Our decision in all matters is final and binding.
  16. For any questions about the Photography Competition, please e-mail with ‘Photography Competition’ in the subject line. We will endeavour to respond to your question as quickly as possible within regular working hours.
  17. Entering the Competition signifies acceptance of all the stated terms and conditions.

The competition is organised by: WEXAS Ltd, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1DE


  1. You may make minor digital adjustments to the image, however it must be a faithful representation of the original scene.
  2. Each entrant’s approved images will be shown on our website together with the image captions. We reserve the right to amend the captions and/or associated descriptions.
  3. Extra diligence is required when taking photographs of people, especially in relation to children. It is the photographer’s responsibility to seek permission from the subject or the parent where applicable. WEXAS reserves the right not to display photographs deemed sensitive in nature.


  1. The winner of each category, as determined by the judges, will receive anOlympus E-PL5 camera.
  2. The overall winner of the grand prize, as determined by the judges, will receive two tickets on the luxury Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, including flights. The overall runner-up will receive a tailor-made holiday to Norway, including a Northern Lights photography course.
  3. The grand prize includes flights to Moscow, returning from Vladivostok, and the tickets on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express are in Silver Class. The runner-up prize includes a 2 night stay in Tromsø at the Radisson Blu and a 2 night stay at Lyngen Lodge on the upper edge of Lyngen Ford, including full board and a Northern Lights photography course. Transfers between hotels and all flights including airport and departure taxes are included.
  4. Travel dates are subject to certain restrictions, such as, but not limited to, availability and black out dates.
  5. Travel insurance, visa costs, personal spending money, and items not explicitly mentioned in the prize description are not included.
  6. The winning photographs from each category will be printed in Traveller magazine. All winners and the overall runner-up will also receive a one year free membership of The Royal Photographic Society and the special interest group most relevant to their category.
  7. Prizes are not transferrable and there is no cash alternative. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of similar value in the event of non-availability of the original prize.
  8. The prizes and all elements included within them are subject to availability.
  9. All travel is subject to the terms and conditions of WEXAS Travel, a copy of these can be obtained by calling WEXAS on 020 7590 0610.
  10. The prize winners must hold valid passports which allow entry to Norway and Russia and are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. The grand prize and runner-up prize includes flights from a London (UK) airport only and therefore may only be redeemed by virtue of flying from the UK.
  11. If any winners of the individual categories live outside of the UK we reserve the right to request that they pay for delivery of the camera prize (including any taxes) to their respective country.

I then decided for look events or festivals relating to wildlife photography. I found a more recent example of a photography festival based around current wildlife and conservation issues.



the must-attend event in wildlife photography will return in 2014

2013 brought some exciting changes to the programme. Not only did we have the world’s best conservation and wildlife photographers speaking, we also had some amazing new photography workshops running across the two days.

– See more at:

Highlights from WildPhotos 2013

 Twenty-three speakers from around the world shared their images with a packed audience at the Royal Geographical Society in London, whilst our workshop tutors covered everything from the technical to the creative. Once again, WildPhotos brought home the natural world in all its glory.

Here are a few examples of the presentation and setup used during these talks and workshops.

wildphotos2013-1 wildphotos2013-2


I find these to be quite an interest concept, one which I would very interested in exploring myself towards the end of my year or upon graduation.

I also started to think about wildlife exhibitions that would help me establish what presentations and formats other practitioners within this field have utilised during professional exhibitions. One particularly distinct example of this, is Natural History Museum and their exhibition featuring photographs from their wildlife photographer of the year competition.

Natural History Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

About the competition

 Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world.

Now in its 49th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth – the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

Being shortlisted in this competition is something to which photographers across the world aspire. Every year emerging talents compete with established names for a chance to be hailed Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Each of the thousands of annual entries is evaluated individually by an international jury of photography experts, before being awarded a place in the top 100 images of the year.

Exhibition and tickets

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition
Natural History Museum
18 October 2013 – 23 March 2014
10.00-17.50 (last admission 17.15)
Open late the last Friday of every month

The world-renowned annual exhibition is on show at the Museum until 23 March 2014. It shines a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world.

This is an exhibition I would like to visit prior to March as I believe it would prove to be a very constructive experience for my final major project.

I also searched for relevant talks or workshops involved within this event.

Behind the Lens: Wildlife Photographers

Behind the Lens: Wildlife Photographers

FamiliesTalkAttenborough Studio

14 December 2013 12:30 – 13:00
18 January 2014 12:30 – 13:00, 14:30 – 15:00
15 February 2014 12:30 – 13:00, 14:30 – 15:00
22 March 2014 12:30 – 13:00, 14:30 – 15:00

Diving into freezing oceans, perching in treetops, stalking through savannah and remaining motionless for hours – such is the dedication of wildlife photographers in capturing the perfect image.

Meet world-class wildlife photographers and find out about their work, experiences and techniques out in the field.

This could also be a very constructive aspect to consider when visiting.

During this research, I also looked at landscape competitions and found the take a view – landscape photographer of the year award.

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013 (PICTURES)

From misty forests to riproaring stormy seas, here are the winning photographs from this years ‘Take a view – Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards’

A photograph by Derbyshire-based photographer, Tony Bennett of autumn mists drifting over Crummock Water in the English Lake District captivated judges and won top prize in this year’s search for the UK’s ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’.

Charlie Waite, one of Britain’s best-loved landscape photographers and founder of Take a view said, “As each year passes, I am reminded of the great talent and commitment of those photographers who make supreme efforts to do justice to the UK’s stunning landscapes. Tony Bennett’s magical image evokes the spirit of the Lakes – a personal view that speaks to many.”

All successful entries can be seen in a free exhibition at the National Theatre in London from 7th December 2013. In addition, pictures from all four years of the Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Special Award can be seen together, for the first time, at the National Railway Museum in York from 23rd November.
landscape photographer of the year

Mist and Reflections, Crummock Water, Cumbria, England by Tony Bennett (Overall winner)landscape photographer of the year

Ghost of Rannoch Moor, Scotland by David Breen – Winner, Classic viewlandscape photographer of the year

Mystical Morning, The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland by Bob McCallion – Winner, Living the viewlandscape photographer

Catbells sunrise, Cumbria, England by Bart Heirweg (Winner, VisitBritain ‘You’re invited’ Award)landscape photographer of the year

City Twilight, London, England by Charlotte Gilliatt – Runner-up, Urban viewlandscape photographer of the year

Starlings over Carmarthen, South-west Wales by Nigel McCall – Winner, Urban viewlandscape photographer

Hebridean Sea III, Scotland by David Baker – Runner-up, Your viewlandscape photographer

Ferry leaving Newhaven harbour in storm, East Sussex, England by David Lyon – Winner, Your viewlandscape photographer

Caught in a Web of Iron, North Queensferry, Fife, Scotland by David Cation – Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award Winnerlandscape of the year

Autumn Colour, Surrey, England by Christopher Page – Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013

Each of the winning images, although based in different terrains and directed with varied purposes, all still offer a distinct sense of scale, light and composition when approaching the subject of landscapes. Often the priority is upon picturesque, idyllic scenes.

I also decided to emphasise upon a competition recently suggested by our tutors, the Sony World Student Focus award 2014.

2014 Student Focus Competition Brief:

Enter an image for the front page of a newspaper.

This image can be sensationalist or low key, from a local cat rescue to an international environmental concern.  It can document your family, your friends, your neighbourhood, your people, your country or your world but it must make us want to learn more.

Most of today’s front-pages are made of pixels rather than paper, but they still have to do the same job they’ve been doing since 1880. They have to tell us a story in one frame and they have to make us want to read on and ultimately, buy the paper.

Draw attention to an issue that means something to you. Create tomorrow’s news in one image.

Captions may be no more than 15 words.

Competition dates:
Entry start: 13th May 2013
Entry close: 6th Dec 2013

Students should submit their image to their tutor who will email us your submission. To register your institution, please click here.

Image size:
The image should be a JPEG. Minimum size: 800 KB and maximum 4MB

Judging Panel:      
The 2014 judging panel is comprised of:
Rob Taggart, Director of Commercial Photo Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Associated Press (AP)
Moni Haworth, Photographer
Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Creative Content Director of

Read more about the 2014 jury here.

With over 200 international institutions already participating, become part of the Student Focus community and join this rapidly growing global programme.

Are you a Tutor who would like to register your Academic Institution:

Register Your Academic Institution

Your institution should teach a programme a formalised photography course/credit/module/foundation which is taught at higher educational level.
For full registration criteria or any questions please contact

1. The Competition is open to all students of photography from WPO selected Universities. All entrants must be aged between 18 and 30 years of age. All entries must confirm, on application, their acceptance of the rules of the Contest and these Terms and Conditions. Entries must be submitted by 11.59:59pm (GMT) on 6th December 2013. By entering the Contest, each contestant agrees and acknowledges that WPA is permitted to receive his/her registration data. All personal information will be used by WPA in accordance with its privacy policy.
2. To enter, institutions must be registered and you must give your image to your tutor. Tutors to email images to
Entries should be based on the ‘Front Page Newspaper’ theme outlined on the website.
3.1 All entries to be emailed to by the 6th December 2013.
3.2 Images from all participating universities will then be judged by the selected WPO judging panel to choose 10 universities that will win their place at the London Festival. The selected images will be announced after being deemed suitable by the WPO after the 1st February 2014.
3.3 The 10 winning universities (1 student and 1 tutor from each university) to be chosen from participating universities will be notified by email and will receive return flights to London (economy class) and hotel accommodation for four 3-4 nights in April 2014. Subject to flight ability.
3.4 The decision of the WPA is final and no negotiation will be entered into.
3.5 WPA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any entry that does not comply with the following requirements, even after the entry is submitted on the Website. WPA will not take part in dialogue with any contestant who has been refused entry or otherwise:
3.5.1 Entries must be original and your own work
3.5.2 You have the right to make your entry available to the competition
3.5.3 Entries containing personally identifiable information about the submitter or any other person(s).
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3.5.7 Entries in which a contestant has purchased or secured the rights to use stock images.
3.5.8 Entries which contain any commercial content that promotes any product or service other than that of WPA. Entries must not contain screen credits.
3.6 Each contestant submitting an entry represents and warrants that:
3.6.1 They have all the necessary rights to enter the Contest and have their entry displayed on the Website.
3.6.2 The entry does not contain or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity. Each contestant agrees to fully indemnify WPA in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of the contestant breaching any of the foregoing.
3.6.3 Each person depicted in the entry has granted permission to be portrayed as shown. Any costumes, props or other materials used must be rented or borrowed with the permission of the owner, and all other relevant permissions must have been obtained.
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3.6.8 WPA assumes no responsibility for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in the Contest, and WPA assumes no responsibility for technical, hardware or software failure of any kind, for lost network connections, garbled computer transmissions, other problems or technical malfunctions with regard to the Contest. WPA assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, corruption, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries. WPA is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail addressed to WPA on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the internet or any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to the contestant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Contest. If for any reason a contestant’s entry cannot be viewed or is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures, WPA assumes no responsibility.
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3.6.11. All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in media.
3.6.12. There are no cash alternatives available for prize winners.
3.6.13. Winners will be published online.
3.6.14 WPA’s and the Academy’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
3.7 Images must be taken in 2013.
3.8 Images may be digitally manipulated. You must provide details on how your image has been altered.

This has encouraged me to review my recent images and consider what story I could tell within a single image. I intend to submit a captioned photo for this prior to the conclusion of this module. This will encourage me to become more involved within useful competitions that might act as a promotional tool for my creative work.

I will reflect upon the guidelines for submission aim to reflect upon my choices.

This collective research has allowed to gain an insight into relevant directions and applications of wildlife and landscape projects. I will continue to develop my objectives for this module.



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