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Each year BDS runs a UK wide members photo competition, and every few years we also run a public competition so anyone can take part.

Entry is free and all images should be deer themed. 

To enter the competitions you need to confirm the following:

  • That you have read and agree to follow our code of conduct
  • That the photo is yours and that you own the copyright of the submitted image
  • That you are happy for The British Deer Society to use the image and grant permission to the society to use it for subsequent awareness, educational and marketing purposes.

The BDS is extremely grateful to the many talented photographers who have given us permission to use their images.  Thank you!

What Makes a Winning Wildlife Photograph?

The general image we have of a “Wildlife Photographer” is of an individual being weighed down by a huge camera that is attached to a powerful 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 and its relationship to 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 deeper story. In the last few years, our winners have really captured special moments that speak volumes.

For inspiration why not visit the website of competition judge and award-winning wildlife photographer Jules Cox

Jules is also a photo ambassador for the British Deer Society as a result of his recent work dedicated to photographing Roe deer. He runs a limited number of wildlife photography workshops for those interested in learning the skills and field craft needed to get close to wild deer.

six deer species

The British Deer Society’s Photographer of the Year

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

The Dulverton Trophy Annual Competition 

Each year BDS branches are invited to submit entries for the inter-branch photographic competition, The Dulverton Trophy. The competition also closes at the end of March each year.

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