Guide to taking an award winning photo

Guide to taking an award-winning photo   

Capturing nature at its finest is a rewarding but daunting task. That's why we have put together this summary of how to take an award-winning animal photograph. 

1. Capture the beauty of the animal  

This is by far the most important point. The very best wildlife photographs showcase the natural beauty and character of the animal. Make sure the subject of your image, be it a hare, pheasant or dog, is in sharp focus. Then use the rule of thirds to find the ideal position for your subject within the frame.   

Try capturing the animal engaging in different natural behaviours, e.g. scratching or digging.

Further tips for the composition of your photograph can be found here.   

2. Use the right equipment   

Consider what type of lens best captures the animal you are photographing. For example, close-ups of smaller subjects, like insects of flowers, are best suited to a macro lens. A wide-angle lens, meanwhile, is perfect for capturing sprawling scenery. Finally, if you’re shooting wild animals in their natural environment, telephoto and zoom lenses allow you to change your focus with ease, making it easier to adapt to changes in the animal’s position. 

3. Aim for high quality (and a large file size) 

A photograph’s power can be greatly reduced if the file is too small or pixelated. Make sure your images have a file size of 1MB or more, so our judges can see your animal subject clearly.   

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