2017 Photo Contest Series

Our wildlife photography contest series for 2017 is now running. We have $18,000 worth of prizes up for grabs and a winners’ exhibition in New York City!

This contest series is made up of three separate photo contests each with a different theme:

The contests are free to enter. The winner of each will receive an f-stop voucher, a Camtraptions camera trap sensor, a Breakthrough Photography filter and a copy of Macphun Luminar.

Our favourite contest winner overall will also win our grand prize for the 2017 contest series; a luxury 11-day trip for two to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands courtesy of Metropolitan Touring.

The Prizes

Ecuador and Galapagos Adventure

We have an amazing grand prize for you: an 11-day luxury trip for two to Ecuador and the Galapagos, courtesy of Metropolitan Touring, with a total prize value exceeding US $12,000! At the beginning and end of the trip the winner will stay at Casa Gangotena, a beautiful contemporary boutique hotel located in the heart of Quito’s World Heritage downtown area. 4 nights will then be spent aboard the Santa Cruz II for an exclusive Galapagos expedition to see iconic species and unique landscapes. Then for some adventure and relaxation, the winner will spend 2 nights at the ecological Finch Bay Hotel located in a secluded beachfront spot in the middle of the Galapagos. The final 2 nights will be spent immersed in nature at Mashpi Lodge, a five star lodge in the biodiverse Ecuador cloud forest. This varied trip will provide unique and incredible wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Camtraptions Sensor

The winner of each of the three contests will also receive a Camtraptions Camera Trap Sensor worth $200.

The Camtraptions sensor turns a DSLR camera into a high-quality camera trap for photographing nocturnal or elusive wildlife. Find out more here »

F-stop Voucher

The winner of each of the three contests will receive a f-stop voucher worth €350 ($380).

F-stop create amazing camera bags which are ideally suited for wildlife photographers. They are extremely rugged and can comfortably accommodate bulky and heavy camera equipment. My own f-stop backpack is my primary camera bag and has accompanied me on every single photography trip since 2012.

F-stop has a range of backpacks with varying capacities to suit your needs. Find out more here »

Breakthrough Photography Filters

The winner of each of the three contests will receive their choice of X4 Neutral Density or X4 Circular Polarising filter from Breakthrough Photography, worth approximately $200. Two runners-up in each of the three contests will receive their choice of X2 Neutral Density or X2 Circular Polarising filter, worth approximately $100.

Breakthrough Photography make the World’s sharpest and most colour-neutral filters, guaranteed. Find out more here »

Macphun Luminar

All of the winners, runners-up and highly commended photographers of each contests will also receive a copy of Macphun’s Luminar photo processing software.

With Luminar, you’ll get professional-looking photos without extra effort. Begin with a sleek and friendly interface that seamlessly adapts to your own needs and skills. Create extraordinary images with supercharged tools, so easy to use you don’t need any manuals or tutorials.

Watch me process a photo with Luminar in this video »

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2016 Photo Contest Series

The Exhibition

Big Screen Plaza

A selection of winners and highly commended images will be exhibited on the “Big Screen”, a gigantic outdoor screen in New York City, USA. This is a 30 ft. HD screen is located at Hotel Eventi in the thriving Chelsea District of New York City. When not privately booked, the screen displays a rotating selection of visual art and photography, curated from artists around the world.

The winners’ exhibition will rotate on the screen over the course of several weeks in early-2017.

Find out more about Big Screen Plaza here »

How to Enter

To submit photos to our photo contests, you just need to sign up for a free WildlifePhoto.com account here. This will entitle you to submit one image to each contest.

Premium members are allowed to enter up to five images to each contest. Find out about the other benefits of Premium membership here.


This photo contest series is accepting entries until the end of 2017. For Free members, the individual contest will run back-to-back so only one will be open for entries at a time. Premium members, however, are able to submit entries to all three contests at any time.

Wildlife Portraits

  • Free Members Entry Period: 1 April 2017 to 30 June 2017
  • Premium Members Entry Period: 1 April 2017 to 31 December 2017
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Habitats & Landscapes

  • Free Members Entry Period: 1 July 2017 to 30 September 2017
  • Premium Members Entry Period: 1 April 2017 to 31 December 2017
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Terms & Conditions

We organise these contests as a way to give back to our community. Our intention is not to sell contestants’ images or to otherwise grab rights that are not necessary for the running and promotion of these contests. The only rights that we do request are those that enable us to display winning and commended images on contest-related web pages and social media posts. We also request the right to allow third parties to publish winning and commended images, with full attribution, on screens and in articles and galleries that publicise the contest series.

Please see below for full terms and conditions.

Full Terms & Conditions

The WildlifePhoto.com Photo Contest Series 2017 is now open for entries. Before you enter, please read the competition terms and conditions below.

Specific entry requirements related to file preparation and digital adjustment guidelines can be found on the entry upload page.


  1. This Photography Contest Series (“the competition”) is owned by WildlifePhoto.com, a website operated by Burrard-Lucas Photography.
  2. By submitting an entry to the competition, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of WildlifePhoto.com, and that you satisfy all eligibility requirements.
  3. Any entry found not to comply with the competition rules will be disqualified.
  4. No allowances will be made in such instances and any prizes will be forfeited.
  5. The decision of WildlifePhoto.com on all matters relating to the competition is final. No negotiation will be considered.
  6. The competition is not open to owners or employees of WildlifePhoto.com and their relatives.


  1. The winners and highly commended entries will be selected by Will Burrard-Lucas.
  2. All entries will be judged anonymously.
  3. Awarded images in each category will comprise Winner, Runners-up and Highly Commended.
  4. Only contest winners will be considered for the grand prize.
  5. The grand prize for 2017 will be awarded to the single image judged to be the most interesting and creative.


  1. Entrants must not compromise the welfare of any animals, and should never do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure an image.
  2. Entrants are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any national or international legislation governing the country in which the image has been taken and in securing any relevant permits which may be required.
  3. Descriptive captions supplied must be accurate and honest.
  4. Entrants may not enter images that depict animals in an undignified or degrading manner.


  1. Entrants who have awarded image(s) will be notified by email in February 2018.
  2. WildlifePhoto.com cannot be held responsible for emails that do not arrive due to an entrant’s email security settings.
  3. Prizes specified on the main contest page are guaranteed to be awarded. The cash value of the prize cannot be redeemed.
  4. The following terms relate to the trip prize. For full inclusions and exclusions please read this document.
    • The trip prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for cash or any other alternative. The prize cannot be sold, auctioned or given away.
    • At least one of the attendees of the trip must be aged 18 or over.
    • The prize for two people must be booked together. If the winner does not choose an accompanying travel partner then the other place will be forfeited.
    • The prize winner must complete their trip within 18 months of the competition results announcement and must notify Metropolitan Touring 30 days prior to the intended date of the trip.
    • The prize winner is to organise their trip by liaising with Metropolitan Touring directly.
    • The prize excludes flights to/from Ecuador and to/from Galapagos and the prize winner is responsible for purchasing their own air tickets for these flights.
    • It is the responsibility of the prize winner to ascertain if visas are required for travel and if so, it is their responsibility to obtain and pay for them.
    • The prize winner is also responsible for arranging their own travel insurance.

Copyright and Reproduction

  1. The photographer retains full rights to any images submitted to the competition.
  2. Each entry must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
  3. Each entrant must either be the sole owner of the copyright or have secured the written permission of the copyright owner to enter the image into the competition and grants the WildlifePhoto.com the rights detailed below.
  4. By entering the competition, each shortlisted entrant grants to WildlifePhoto.com and Burrard-Lucas Photography a non-exclusive, royalty-free, and perpetual licence to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their image(s) and copies of their image(s) in all media throughout the world in relation to the competition, including but not limited to all use in the context of:
    • Display in the exhibition.
    • Inclusion within WildlifePhoto.com and related websites, social media and newsletters.
    • Inclusion in promotional, press and marketing materials associated with the competition series and/or the exhibition.
  5. Any external parties featuring images from the competition reserve the right to choose which images they decide to use to promote the competition. WildlifePhoto.com has no control over, or liability for, any decision such press may make to use (or not use) your image.


  1. All entrants agree that if their entry is awarded, their name and likeness may be used for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the competition and exhibition without further compensation.
  2. A selection of winning and commended images will be chosen for display in “The Big Screen” exhibition. The images included in this exhibition will be chosen from the winning and commended images by “The Big Screen” management team. Inclusion in the winning and commended selection of images does not guarantee inclusion in “The Big Screen” exhibition.


  1. WildlifePhoto.com and Burrard-Lucas Photography cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any image entered into the competition however caused.
  2. WildlifePhoto.com and Burrard-Lucas Photography cannot accept liability for the misuse of images and/or failure of any third party to comply with the competition’s credit guidelines.


  1. The personal information collected from each entrant in the course of the competition will be used by WildlifePhoto.com for the purposes of administration of the competition and as otherwise permitted in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about these terms and conditions, please contact us.