The 2017 Young Bird Photographer of the Year competition is now open!

Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year Award


An important element of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition ethos is the encouragement and recognition of the younger generation of birders and photographers. The Cameron Bespolka Trust Young Bird Photographer of the Year Award is designed to meet this aim, an award specifically for those under 18.


Cameron Bespolka was a keen and active birder and photographer who was tragically killed in an accident in 2013 at the age of 16. The Cameron Bespolka Trust was established in his memory to support the many different causes close to his heart. The Trust is proud to be involved with Bird Photographer of the Year and to promote the competition through their involvement with the British Trust for Ornithology.


If you are under the age of 18 on or before 30 November 2016, then you are eligible for entry into this competition. The winner will receive a pair of Swarovski Optik CL Companion 8×30 binoculars, plus £350 cash. There are also second and third place prizes of £200 and £100 respectively. Prizes will be awarded by Chris Packham at the Rutland Birdfair in August 2017.

Young Bird Photographer of the Year winner - Marc Albiac

We have a simple entry process which allows the entry of 6 images for an entrance fee of £5; and you can enter the competition as many times as you like. There are no individual subject categories to worry about; the judges will choose the image that impresses them most. And there is nothing preventing you from entering the main Bird Photographer of the Year competition too, as this competition has no age restriction. Standard entry fees will apply.

And it’s not just about the prizes but recognition for your work too. The winners will be featured in the Bird Photographer of the Year book published by Harper Collins and marketed around the world. The images will also be displayed in an exhibition at Kew Gardens to run from September 2017 to January 2018.


You have until the 30 November 2016 to enter the competition, so why not visit the website, register an account and upload your entry.