Waterlife photography competition

Our annual member photo competition makes a welcome return, we can’t wait to see what you can do…

As our annual member photo competition returns, we hope you’ll be inspired to show us these watery wonderlands through your eyes.

Every year, our photography contest shows us things we might never see without the eagle eyes, saintly patience and lightning-fast reactions of our entrants. Last year’s competition brought us everything from life and death moments to an otter with a toad on its head.

This year we can’t wait to see more amazing moments of UK’s wetland wildlife that are full of beauty, botany and birdlife that blows in on the wind, follows the sun and changes with the seasons.

The details

  • Images must have been taken at a WWT centre between 1 April and 30 November 2023.
  • A shortlist of winning and commended shots will be published in the spring 2024 issue of Waterlife.
  • The winner will be awarded a pair of Swarovski CL Companion 8x30 binoculars worth £970.
  • The winner of the youth category (under 16) will receive a pair of Viking Otter 8x32 binoculars, courtesy of VIKING OPTICAL.

How to enter

  • Please submit all entries via email to wwt@thinkpublishing.co.uk as hi-resolution images with a maximum total file size of 20MB. Only entries submitted via this email address will be deemed valid. Entries received via other means cannot be accepted.
  • You can submit up to three photos as hi-resolution images via email (preferably if under 6MB in file size). If greater than this we recommend that you either re-size the image/s or send via a file sharing site such as We Transfer or Dropbox.
  • Each entry must be submitted under an individual’s name and should be accompanied by details of where and when the photograph was taken. Please share as much detail as you would like about the circumstances of the image.
  • Please include your membership card number details to enter.

Who can enter?

  • You must be a member of WWT to enter the competition.
  • The competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers. Amateur and professional entries will not be judged separately.
  • Entrants under the age of 12 years need to have parent or guardian consent to enter.

We’ve also given the rules a tweak to bring them more in line with other professional photo competitions, so please check them out.

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