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Photography Competitions

British Deer Society Photographic Competitions

Our photography competitions give everyone a chance to share their talent and showcase some of the interesting spectacles they have encountered in the deer world during the year.

They also provide an important source of images and fresh material which is in frequent demand for BDS training and educational purposes and also for the media.

Each year we run a competition for our members, and every few years we have an open competition so anyone can take part. It is a condition of entry into all our photography competitions that the owner of the copyright of any image submitted automatically grants permission to the society to use it for subsequent educational and marketing purposes.

What Makes a Winning Wildlife Photograph

I think it fair to say the general image we have of a “Wildlife Photographer” is one of an individual being weighed down by a huge camera that is attached to a lens that is capable of isolating a single animal in super high definition. These images are superb but can miss the opportunity to capture the animal in their environment, which may tell an even greater story.

In our annual competitions, the judges look for images that not only are of good quality but also tell a story.

Competition judge and award-winning wildlife photographer “Jules Cox” demonstrates this perfectly in some of his images in his “blog” post “Footprints in the Snow”. Minimalistic images distant images of distant Roe deer in a totally white landscape are superb. 

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Jules will be running his Roe Deer workshops again this summer. For more information go to his website or email him directly at Jules is a wonderful supporter of the BDS’ work in photography and has kindly offered BDS members a 10% discount on his 2019 workshops.

The BDS Photographer of the year

Each year all BDS members are invited to submit their images directly to the society for inclusion into the annual “The BDS Photographer of the Year” competition, which closes in March each year.

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The Dulverton Trophy Annual Competition 

Each year BDS branches are invited to submit entries for the inter-branch photographic competition, The Dulverton Trophy.

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