Wildlife Photographer of the Year's reputation is reinforced by the expertise of our jury and the vigour of our judging process. Meet this year's international panel.
Daniel Beltrá, (Spain/USA), photographer
Lewis Blackwell (UK), Chair of the jury, author and creative director
Jasper Doest (The Netherlands), wildlife photographer
Britta Jaschinski (Germany), wildlife photojournalist
Mattias Klum (Sweden), National Geographic photographer and filmmaker
Rosamund 'Roz' Kidman Cox (UK), writer and editor
Chair - Lewis Blackwell
Lewis is a creative director and award-winning author who writes on the environment, design and photography. He is an adviser to the leading illustrated book publisher PQ Blackwell, and his many books include Rainforest (2014), Photowisdom (2010) and The Life & Love of Trees (2009).
Lewis has held positions as Worldwide Creative Head of Getty Images and Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Creative Review magazine. He is currently Executive Director of Strategy and Development for The Building Centre in London. He is also an ambassador for the charity PhotoVoice and a former council member of the International Center of Photography.
I very much hope you'll enter the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, now in its fifty-third year. It's the greatest showcase for wildlife photographers anywhere in the world.
While the objective remains to present outstanding images that explore and celebrate biodiversity and sustainability, these awards do not rest on their laurels. Last year yielded an inspiring set of finalists, motivating us to fine-tune even further for this year.
Feedback from entrants and judges, along with the facts of the fast-changing world around us, help shape the next awards. It is therefore my role to encourage you to enter by noting important modifications to the categories, which are set for at least three years. Please take a look at them before you consider how to pitch in with a winning entry this year.
We carried out a key change by assigning separate categories to portraits and behaviours. This should help strengthen some submissions and allow outstanding images to come through.
In contrast to expanding the taxonomic categories, Creative Visions will encompass images that emphasise strong artistic interpretation. Earth's Environments was also made a broad category to ease the selection process for both photographers and jurors.
In addition to reading the categories carefully, please spend a little time refreshing yourself on the rules. They are there to uphold high ethical standards in how we both engage with and photograph wildlife and the world.
There are strict limits on what kinds of photo-processing and manipulation are acceptable. The jury seeks faithful representation of the natural world - documenting or responding to it in a way that brings out its truths. For more insight into these criteria, please check out our blog.
The welfare of animals and respect for natural habitats are paramount to WPY. The jury will not consider any photograph over which there is a doubt about how the image was obtained. Great wildlife photography has a vital role in conservation and no deviation from that concern can be allowed. Please read the rules to be sure you know the standards expected.
Finally, here are two tips for increasing your chances of standing out in the eyes of our extremely discerning judges:
First, focus on your more innovative images. Our jurors have amazing memory. They are looking for fresh work, not an image that is very similar to a previous winner.
Second, step back from your proposed submission and invite a second opinion. It can be hard to be your own editor at times, so call for help. It can add to the pleasure of the process, too.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His passion for conservation comes through in his evocative images of our environment. He is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
For his work on the Gulf oil spill, in 2011 Daniel received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award and the Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year - Deeper Perspective. His work (SPILL) toured the world both independently and as part of the Prix Pictet exhibitions.
In 2009, Beltrá he received the prestigious Prince's Rainforest Project award granted by the Prince of Wales. Other highlights include the BBVA Foundation award in 2013 and the inaugural Global Vision Award from the Pictures of the Year International in 2008. In 2006 and 2007 he received awards for his work in the Amazon from World Press Photo. Daniel's work has been featured in international publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde and El Pais.
Britta is devoted to documenting the fractured existence of wildlife in captivity. Her images show an expression of the animal's spirit and individuality, while also conveying suffering.
Britta is a professional photographer in London, UK, covering a wide range of subjects - but her passion to protect animals takes her across the globe. Her work is published and exhibited worldwide and she has won a number of international awards.
She has been an overall winner of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of Year award and has been a WPY finalist at several times. She was the winner of the Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image in 2015.
Britta is a speaker at photography festivals across Europe and lectures on photography and animal conservation issues.
Mattias Klum was born in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1968 and started taking pictures in his teens. He has been a full-time freelance photographer since 1986 and a cinematographer and director on numerous film and television projects since 1994.
Through his unique artistic style, Klum describes and portrays animals, plants and natural and cultural settings and presents them in articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions.
Rosamund 'Roz' Kidman Cox
Roz is an editor and writer specialising in wildlife and environmental issues, with a particular interest in photography. She was Editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine for more than 20 years.
Roz currently project-manages photography-led books, including the WPY Portfolio books and BBC Books titles such as Light on the Earth, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and The Hunt.
Roz is author of The Masters of Nature Photography and 50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year for the Natural History Museum. She has judged the competition for many years and was the producer of Wildscreen's annual WildPhotos festival.
Based in the Netherlands, Jasper covers nature, conservation and travel stories. He is always aiming to make an emotional link with his audience. His images depict reveal the fragility of the beauty around us.
As a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, he has received multiple awards and his work has appeared in numerous international journals and books, including National Geographic, GEO and Smithsonian Magazine.
"Our planet needs sustainability. Photographers can give a voice to the ones who cannot speak for themselves (before it is too late). Photographers can initiate change. That is my motivation and joy. It's within the power of photography."