Budding young snappers keen to be crowned the winner of this year’s Young Photographer Awards (YPA 2013) need to hurry up – the deadline for the prestigious competition is just over a week away.

Hundreds of entries have already flooded in including cheeky portraits of pet kittens, snapshots of ducks splashing in the pond and even some more exotic animals such as a giraffe – but there is still time for young people to get their images in to us in time for the deadline on Monday, August 26 and have a shot at the coveted title.

Through the Looking Glass © Winning YPA image 2012 by Francis Prior

TV personality, photographer and wildlife expert Chris Packham will lead a judging panel of industry professionals and will also present a ceremony at the Tower of London on Friday 19 December when the Winners will be announced.

Becky Murray, photographer and judge for the RSPCA, said:

“We are amazed every year at how good the entries are – they just seem to get better and better. It is great to see so many talented young people so enthused about photographing animals and many hope to make this a career.  I am sure this year will be no exception.


“Anyone planning on giving this year’s contest a shot needs to apply now as time is running out. We’d hate anyone to miss out so if you’re thinking about entering now is the time to go for it – don’t delay.”

Closing date, Monday 26 August

The closing date for YPA 2013 is at midnight on Monday 26 August and it is open to youngsters aged 18 and under from the UK. There are three age categories, plus the old favourites: Pet Personalities, the Portfolio Award and Making Life Better, for images that best illustrate how animals make people’s lives better.

The overall winner will go on an amazing weekend photography break courtesy of Natures Images. Olympus cameras worth up to £500 are also up for grabs for winners and runners up in each category. The winner of each age category will also receive an exclusive photo shoot at one of our animal centres.

The contest is sponsored by Warners Midlands, supported by Olympus and Natures Images and will be judged by an impressive mix of photography professionals including presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham.

Full details and information about how to enter are available one the YPA webpage.

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