We’re offering young people the chance to win amazing prizes – in return for them getting snap happy with their favourite animals.

Kingfisher (c) Kyle Moore, aged-15, Commended, 12-15Young people aged 18 and under can enter our photography competition for a chance to win a first prize of a weekend photography break with award winning wildlife photographer Danny Green from Natures Images. All winners will get vouchers for photographic equipment from Wex Photographic and Olympus.

Our judging panel for 2014 includes long standing judge and wildlife expert, Chris Packham, as well as new faces including leading wildlife photographers, Jules Cox, Elliott Neep and, for the first time, a previous winner: Catriona Parfitt.

Winners will be presented with prizes at an awards ceremony at the Tower of London in December.

High standards

Springwatch presenter and judge Chris Packham said:

“I have been judging the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Awards for several years and I am always amazed by the high standard of entries.


“Animals are all around us whether it is foxes, squirrels, butterflies and it would be great to get as broad a range as possible.


“We see some incredibly beautiful images of wildlife and this year I’m hoping we will also get some photos of pets mixed in.


“It could be cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters or if you don’t have a pet you could get a photo of cows in the field which you pass on your way to school each day.


“This is a such a brilliant competition which really makes us stop and think about the animals around us. Some of the photos we have seen have captured really magical moments and I’m looking forward to seeing this years entries.”

Make you look at well known wildlife in a new way

Professional wildlife photographer and former RSPCA chief photographer Andrew Forsyth from Brighton, West Sussex said:

“It’s an honour to be on the Young Photographer Awards judging panel this year, especially when we have such a fine group of photographers involved.


“Having former two-times winner Catriona on board will help maintain the fresh and innovative vision that is at the heart of the competition. I can’t wait for judging day.”

Catriona Parfitt, 21, said:

“I was absolutely delighted to be asked to judge at the awards, particularly as I know the calibre of the other judges.


“I really like photos which use interesting light to make you look again at well known wildlife in a new way.


“I think that particularly as this is a young persons competition it would be great to see a fresh perspective on wildlife.”

The judges for this year’s competition are:

  • Catriona Parfitt, previous YPA winner (2005 and 2010) from Swanwick in Southampton.
  • Andrew Forsyth, professional wildlife photographer and former RSPCA chief photographer.
  • Oliver Atwell, London based features writer at Amateur Photographer Magazine.
  • Jules Cox, British wildlife photographer from Brighton.
  • Elliott Neep, in Harwell, near Didcot, South Oxfordshire, award winning wildlife photographer.
  • Chris Packham, wildlife expert, photographer and author.

Enter online

There are six categories; under 12s, 12 – 15 years, 16 – 18 years, Pet Personalities, Making Life Better and Portfolio. A selection of photos from the Pet Personalities category will be put to the public vote in  Spring to decide the People’s Choice Award.

There is an overall winner, chosen by the judges from the winners of each category.

Hopeful entrants can enter online before 25 August.