Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012: call for entries

The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 Competition has now started its global search for the most inspiring, evocative, compelling, challenging nature images.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Calling all young, amateur and professional photographers!

The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 Competition has now started its global search for the most inspiring, evocative, compelling, challenging nature images.



By entering you will take part in one of the world’s prestigious photography events and get the opportunity to:

  • Compete on equal terms for a share of the prize-pot of £30,000 and a chance to win the ultimate accolade, Wildlife Photographer of the Year or Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year.


  • Win a trip to London to celebrate your accomplishments with your peers, members of the press, corporate sponsors, and VIPs, at the exclusive Gala Awards Ceremony held at Natural History Museum


  • Garner extensive global media coverage – more than 670 million people were reached through the 2010 press campaign


  • Enjoy international exposure through our website


  • Feature in the acclaimed exhibition that tours both nationally and internationally – more than 3 million visitors marvelled at the photographic wonders of the natural world in last year’s tour


  • Be published in a stunning commemorative Portfolio book, which is translated into many international languages, as well as a special supplement with BBC Wildlife Magazine



The Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine are proud to announce that award-winning environmentalist, nature photographer and film-maker, Jim Brandenburg, will be leading the 2012 international jury.

With a career including over 10 years as newspaper photojournalist, 30 years as a contract photographer for the National Geographic Society, and a raft of commissions from renowned organisations such as the NHK and BBC.


"Dear Photographers,

I have recently taken up the offer of chairing this unique competition and would now like to take this opportunity to call on you all to enter your work.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is not just one of the world’s longest-running, credible, trusted photography competitions. It has a heart, a soul, a pulse, a purpose that propels it constantly forwards, seeking out the most powerful images of the natural world to capture the global imagination, and stir within the viewer a sense of awe, wonder, and emotion.

For me, searingly beautiful photographs are as powerful a pictorial call to action as those reflecting the cold stark truth of man’s interaction with his world. But, through an aesthetic celebration, we should be reminding our viewer of the frailty of our natural world and what its loss truly means.

This is the real weight and importance of the nature photograph: a single image should be able to inject knowledge, understanding, and awareness in a way that even the most carefully crafted words can not achieve.

Why? Because each and every single image has the ability to transcend language!

So, when I was approached to become chair to a competition that I held in such regard, I felt a sense of overwhelming honor and took the time to consider the offer. As chair, my role is non-voting - I will be leading, steering, and encouraging my fellow jury members towards outcomes that ensure this competition remains true to its sense of purpose – and I will make a difference.

Because my challenge to you, my friends, is to think about what you enter. Think again. Then think outside the box.

Be brave with your selection. Don’t think about what has gone before, but what lies ahead: think about how to lay down the future of this competition.

Jim Brandenburg



Joining Jim, will be a strong line up of experts from a plethora of creative disciplines including:

  • Daniel Beltrá, conservation photographer (Spain)
  • Jim Brandenburg (Chair), photographer, author and film-maker (USA)
  • David Doubilet, marine photojournalist (USA)
  • Edwin Giesbers, nature photographer (The Netherlands)
  • Soichi Hayashi, Creative Director, K&L Inc (Japan)
  • Rosamund Kidman Cox, editor, picture editor and writer (UK)
  • Vincent Munier, photographer (France)
  • Jari Peltomäki, wildlife photographer (Finland)
  • Paul Pensom, Art Director, Creative Review magazine (UK)
  • Tom Schandy, wildlife photographer and author (Norway)
  • Sophie Stafford, Editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine (UK)
  • Jan Töve, landscape photographer and writer (Sweden)


Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year celebrates the power of photography in promoting the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world.

The Competition champions ethical wildlife photography, the faithful representation of the natural world, free from excessive digital adjustment, with honesty in all captioning, and with total regard for the welfare of the animals and their environment.

Each year, the Competition calls for innovative and compelling, evocative and thought-provoking images from the world’s photographic community, images that will also engage and intrigue the public. To succeed, photographers must challenge themselves both creatively and physically to achieve images that illustrate the rich variety of life on Earth.

The categories encourage a blend of technological innovation and artistic freedom, within the context of the Competition’s Rules and Digital Guidelines, whilst emphasising integrity and truthfulness of interpretation.


Read the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 category descriptions here.


Read the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 rules here. 


This competition is now closed but look out for the commended images which will be published in the upcoming Autumn issue of BBC Wildlife magazine. The winning images will be announced in October 2012. 


If you have any questions, please visit the competition website or contact the competition office: 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Tel: +44 (0)207 942 5015






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