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The British Deer Society regularly runs photography competitions to help inspire more people about our wild deer and to celebrate their power, beauty and unique spirit.

The BDS is extremely grateful to the many talented photographers who have given us permission to use their images to help educate and inspire everyone about deer and to advocate for their welfare.  Thank you!

What Makes a Winning Wildlife Photograph?

A winning wildlife photograph is more than just capturing an animal in high definition. It’s about revealing a special moment that tells a unique story and provides a glimpse into the relationship between the animal and its environment. In our wildlife photography competitions, the judges have been looking for images that capture these moments in stunning detail.

It’s also important to have an understanding of both the animal and its environment and this is why the BDS created a guidance in the form of our code of conduct. The code provides sensible and simple guidance to ensure photographers stay safe, and don’t damage the environment or distress the wildlife. 

By following the code photographers will naturally gain an advantage that allows them to capture something extra special from their subject.

BDS Photographer of the Year

The BDS Photographer of the Year photo competition is an opportunity for members to showcase their passion for the wild deer. Our members, play a pivotal role in capturing the essence of these magnificent creatures and contributing to our shared mission of promoting their welfare and understanding.

This competition is not just about photography; it’s a celebration of our members’ unique connection with the wild deer of the UK. Whether you are a seasoned photographer or a budding enthusiast, your lens has the power to tell compelling stories, evoke emotions, and raise awareness about the beauty and importance of our native deer species.

As we embark on this visual journey together, our members’ submissions hold the potential to feature in our prestigious BDS charity calendar, amplifying their impact and supporting our vital initiatives. So, fellow members, let your creativity flourish and become the voice for our wild deer through the BDS Photographer of the Year competition!

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