Wildlife Photographer of the Year's reputation is underpinned by the calibre of our jury, and the vigour of our judging process. Please meet this year's international panel:
Lewis Blackwell (UK), Chair, author and creative director
Bruno D'Amicis (Italy), conservationist and photographer
Orsolya Haarberg (Hungary/Norway) nature photographer
Rosamund 'Roz' Kidman Cox (UK), writer and editor
Dr Piotr Naskrecki (Poland/USA), biologist
Klaus Nigge (Germany), wildlife photographer
It's that time again - entry for the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is open.
And so begins a long journey from now until the unveiling of 100 or so images to be chosen by the jury for the final exhibition. These photographs will form a show seen by millions - through the packed galleries of the Natural History Museum and our partner organisations, along with participation in a best-selling book and catalogue, and extensive media interest. For a select few images, category-winner status or even the best overall honours award will bring a cherished work to the world's attention.
It is time to take a close look at your portfolio. Decide on the best images, identify the categories you want to participate in, and get started on entering the competition. We endeavour to make entry as easy as possible, but do get in touch with the competition office if you need any assistance.
Editing a photograph or portfolio is a necessary but sometimes painful and solitary process. Many entrants benefit from the cool eye of a family member, friend or colleague when choosing the images that will stand out and show resilience under the jury's examination.
This is my second year as chair of the jury, which is both a delight and a great responsibility. I appreciate that years of work lie behind the images submitted. We have a duty to you as entrants - a duty that my jury will discharge with dedication, enthusiasm and fairness.
We will of course be concerned with subject, technique and artistry - be well aware of the strict standards around anything that approaches photo-manipulation. We expect the selection to reflect the themes of biodiversity and sustainability, two of the key topics of our time.
But I also anticipate a discussion and careful scrutiny of the ethics behind the taking of images. This is a growing concern. The boom in photography and its role in describing and discovering wildlife must not come at the expense of the photographs' subjects.
Every image must meet our ethical expectations, which demand minimal disruption when interacting with nature. And don't forget to caption the images clearly if there is information that you think the jury should know.
Now good luck with that edit. I can hardly wait to see the wonders you have captured.