BBC Countryfile Photography Competition

The BBC’s ‘Countryfile’ TV programme is running a Photography Competition that looks really worthwhile – there’s a prize of £1000 worth of camera gear.

BBC Countryfile photography competition winner

Last year's winner of the BBC Countryfile Photography Competition. The photograph was taken by Pen Rashbass on a compact digital camera. A great shot that deserved to win

The title is ‘Best In Show’ and there are 12 classes to enter. All photographs must have the countryside or the natural world at their heart.

The person who takes the winning photo, as voted for by ‘Countryfile’ TV viewers, will choose from a range of the latest photography equipment to the value of £1,000. There’s another prize too: the person who takes the judges’ favourite photo will get to choose equipment to the value of £500. I’m not sure what they mean by ‘latest photography equipment’, though.

All photographers will retain copyright of their images, and it is refreshing to see guidelines for the competition pointing out that ‘it doesn’t take thousands of pounds of equipment or even hours of effort to win this competition. Last year’s overall winner, ‘Going Home’ by Pen Rashbass, pictured above, was taken with a standard compact digital camera.

What a great shot that is – and notice the simplicity of the composition!

A full set of rules can be found on the ‘Countryfile’ website - so make sure you read them very carefully before getting started… that is always so important before entering any competition.

There are 12 categories so you should certainly find one that suits your style – from landscape, people photography to Macro:

  • Wildlife
  • Insects and Spiders
  • In All Weathers
  • Working Animals
  • Leisure and Pleasure
  • The Lighter Side of Country Life
  • Plant life .
  • Landscapes
  • Water Worlds
  • Farm Life
  • Birds
  • Country People

Unfortunately, only hard copy prints can be accepted – seems stange to me, but that’s what they want.

The competition is open to UK residents only and all photographs must be taken in UK. Closing date for the BBC Countryfile Photography Competition is Friday 12th August – so you’d better get to work.

Good luck – and let me know how you get on.

Tomorrow, I’ll post a few tips on how to take competition winning photographs.

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