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RSPCA urges kids to go wild with a camera to break summer hols boredom!

Last year’s winner Will Jenkins, now 13 years old, said: “I would really recommend entering this competition. It’s fun taking photos and trying to find a new angle on an animal you might see regularly. You can try putting food out in the garden or look under rocks in parks.


“The school summer holidays are such a great time to go out with my camera because I can take my time planning pictures to take in daylight !”


His mother Sarah added: “I would really encourage other parents to get their kids involved in this competition. The categories are really easy to find something for – it can be your own fluffy bunny or a trip to a farm. It’s great looking through the pictures they shoot together and choosing entries. I can't emphasise how exciting it is to see if they get that email saying they’ve been shortlisted and then on the day to turn up to the ceremony and see if they have won.”


This year’s contest has a line up of eight judges, including Springwatch presenter Chris Packham.


He said: “I have been judging the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards for many years and I am always amazed by the high standard of entries.


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


“Photographs of any animals can be entered into the competition. It could be a pet dog, cat, rabbits, or if you don't have a pet you could head out into the countryside for some wildlife or take a picture of a cow or horse that you normally pass by on your way to school each day.


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


The closing date is 4pm on Friday, 26 August. Hopeful entrants can submit their images online:


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


The first prize is a weekend photography break – a Deer and Birds of Prey Weekend break – with award winning wildlife photographer Danny Green from Natures Images, along with £750 of Wex Photographic vouchers up for grabs. On top of this age category winners will also go behind the scenes at RSPCA animal centres too.

There are six categories; under 12s, 12–15 years, 16–18 years, Pet Personalities, Portfolio and Farm Animals. An overall winner will be chosen from the winners of each category, by the judges.


For some tips for success from Springwatch presenter Chris Packham and wildlife photographer Andrew Forsyth please visit our Pinterest board:

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