Welcome to The League’s First Annual Photography Competition - The competition is now closed for new submissions.

We’re delighted to introduce the League’s very first photography competition. It’s your chance to showcase your talent for taking wonderful snaps of the animals and wildlife we all love!

"Always take a camera with you, if it is at all possible. Wildlife is elusive and unpredictable, so be prepared to wait."

- Bill Oddie, Competition Judge

The deadline was Friday, 26th April at 13:00 GMT to submit wonderful wildlife photographs.

With so much beauty out there to capture, there are three categories we will be looking for:

Beautiful Birds icon, with the silhouette of a grouse in green.


Can you capture a photo of our feathered friends? We’re looking for pheasants, partridges, grouse and mallards, in their element, loving life.

Marvellous Mammals icon, with the silhouette of a fox in orange.

Marvellous Mammals

This category covers all sorts of lovable animals including foxes, hares, mink, horses, bulls, dogs, deer and badgers. We want to see them all!

Wondrous Wildlife icon, with the silhouette of a tree in blue.

Wondrous Wildlife

The great outdoors is calling. This category covers the little and large from butterflies and bugs to woodlands and flowers.

The Prizes

We are offering 1st prizes in all three categories, and the winning photographers will receive:

  • An exclusive visit to our extraordinary wildlife sanctuary, Baronsdown – including a guided tour with wildlife aficionado, Bill Oddie and the League’s Head of Conservation, Paul Tillsley
  • Winner’s name and photo featured on the homepage of the League website and in the League’s supporter magazine
  • Photo featured on one of the League’s greetings cards, and sold on website to help raise more funds to help persecuted animals

Winners will be announced on 10th May 2019.

The Judges

Potrait of Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie

The President of the League and a renowned naturalist and conservationist, Bill has hosted a number of nature programmes and has a keen eye for photography.

Portrait of Simon King

Simon King, OBE

A British naturalist, author, conservationist, television presenter and cameraman, specialising in nature documentaries such as Planet Earth. In 2011 he received an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

Portratit of Paul Tillsley

Paul Tillsley

Head of Conservation at the League, Paul has the privilege to live on one of our sanctuaries to see wildlife in all its glory. As a keen photographer himself, Paul often captures the fauna and flora that surrounds him.

portrait of Simone Stanbrook-Byrne

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne

Freelance journalist and long-standing League supporter, Simone has undertaken conservation work on various League sanctuaries and often writes on aspects of conservation and animal welfare for both regional and national magazines.

"Photographing wildlife provides a great excuse to get out into the countryside, the park, or even the garden and forget your worries."

- Paul Tillsley, Competition Judge

Excursionist photographing two stags

Please make sure you check out the T&Cs below before you enter. If you have any questions, please contact: Suppor[email protected].

Photography Guidelines

  • Minimum size: 1MB to 10MB
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, tiff

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over - employees of the League Against Cruel Sports, their families or anyone else associated with this competition are exempt from entering.
  2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  3. Entries should be submitted via the webform at www.league.org.uk/photography. Entries must include all mandatory fields including location of the photograph. Image files must be at least 300 dpi and between 1MB and 10MB. Entrants should include their own name, address and telephone number. We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.
  4. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date. All entries received after Friday 26th April will not be entered into the competition.
  5. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
  6. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to League Against Cruel Sports to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications in any format or support – including but not limited to their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.
  7. No more than five entries per person. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.
  8. The winning entry will be the one that is judged to be the most visually appealing, original and self-explanatory. The winner will be notified within 28 working days of the closing date of the competition.
  9. Up to three entrants shall win an exclusive visit to the League’s sanctuary in Exmoor; Baronsdown Wildlife Sanctuary. The date for this visit is Saturday, 27th July and details regarding this visit will be determined by no later than 30th May, 2019.
  10. The winners may be required to take part in publicity.
  11. The winner’s name and county may be disclosed to anyone who writes within one month after the published closing date, stating the date of publication and enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, to League Against Cruel Sports, New Sparling House, Holloway Hill, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1QZ.
  12. The prizes as described are available on the date of publication. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
  13. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.
  14. League Against Cruel Sports is responsible for the promotion, which is the publication and adjudication of the competition.
  15. English law applies, and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.