About the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards

Whether you're an experienced photographer or a keen beginner, you've entered before or you're not sure where to start, you're in the right place!

The aim of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards is to encourage an interest in photography and an appreciation and understanding of all the amazing animals around us.

It's open to anyone aged 18 or under and all they want is for you to enjoy the process and get creative.

The very first RSPCA Young Photographer Awards was a one-off event to celebrate their 150th royal anniversary in 1990...... 30 years later it's still going strong, attracting thousands of entries from young people across the UK. The competition includes a range of subject and age categories. Awards are given for each category, encouraging all ages and abilities to take part, and they also crown an overall winner.

There is something for everyone and, as you can enter more than one photograph in each category, you can select a range of your best work to enter.

Key dates for your diary

  • 4 May: competition opens at 10am
  • 20 July: Instagram category opens
  • 3 August: Instagram category closes for entries
  • 14 August: competition closes at 12pm
  • 10 September: judging day
  • October: finalists contacted
  • 17 December: awards ceremony held at the Tower of London and winners announced 
  • 22 February 2021: People's Choice Award opens for public voting


 If you're not sure where to start, they have plenty of photography tips and examples of previous winners and finalists for you to look at. But don't spend too long browsing... just get out there and start snapping!

You'll find everything you need to know about the competition and how to enter by simply following this link HERE