Photography Competition

Blue tit - 2016 calendar front cover (c) Pete CheshireBlue tit - 2016 calendar front cover (c) Pete Cheshire

Have you captured a winning wildlife photo? Would you like to feature in our 2017 calendar?

Common frog (c) Betsy DiggerOur annual competition goes from strength to strength.  Judging gets harder and we're constantly impressed by the range of wildlife that you see and the quality of the photos that you take.

The whole team at Smite gets involved with the judging and delighted to be joined by semi-professional photographers, and previous winners, Jason Curtis ( and Pete Walkden ( to help us.

Judging this year was as hard as ever - with more than 250 photos entered by 52 photographers.  Common spotted orchids (c) Tony HughesThere can only be twelve winners but runner's-up also feature on each month.  And, of course, every entry also helps our work - from our magazine and editorials for local publications to Christmas cards and our website.

Winners have now been notified (runner's-up will be notified in due course) and you can now vote for your favourite wildlife image to take pride of place on the front cover of our calendar - voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday 30th June.  Winners will be announced on this page in July.

Wherever you watch nature, make sure you’ve got your camera to capture it.

Don’t forget...

Starlings (c) Gary LawsonIf you're out taking photos don't forget...

...the welfare of the subject is top priority. Don’t stress a subject just for a photo; the wildlife is more important than the image.

...make sure you stay on paths or within designated areas.

Previous winners

Take a look at previous winners in our Flickr albums.