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An important element of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition ethos is the encouragement and recognition of the younger generation of birders and photographers. The Cameron Bespolka Trust Young Bird Photographer of the Year Award is designed to meet this aim, an award specifically for those under 18.

There are also second and third place prizes of £200 and £100 respectively. Prizes will be awarded by Chris Packham at the Rutland Birdfair in August 2017.

And it’s not just about the prizes but recognition for your work too. The winners will be featured in the Bird Photographer of the Year book published by Harper Collins and marketed around the world. The images will also be displayed in an exhibition at Kew Gardens to run from September 2017 to January 2018.

The 2017 competition is now closed but start taking some photos to enter for the 2018 competition.  Entries for this will be open after the awards ceremony during Bird Fair next summer 18th - 20th August.

For more information and to see the final short list that has just been selected for this year,  please visit:

Winners will be announced during Bird Fair 18th - 20th August.

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In March 2016, the Trust sponsored 14 homeless children from the Hope for Family Centre, to enable them to take part in a nature camp.It gave them an opportunity to appreciate and learn about nature. They were taught some birding skills, lagoon dipping, wildlife watching, kayaking, snorkelling and even some essential outdoor first aid skills.

This Center provides emergency accommodation for 14 single adults and their families, as well as 10 additional rooms to provide transitional care for families.  This transitional care programme provides, education, job training/placement, parenting and additional help for the children so their families can become independent and successful residents in the community.

We received some truly heart felt thank you letters from the children and comments such as "best week ever," "please can we come back next year?" and "I never realised the lagoon could be so much fun."

We are very pleased that we might be able to support them again this year and will give you an up-date shortly.

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You still have time to enter the 2018 Young Bird Photography Competition but hurry, as it closes on 30th November, 2017! If you are 16 and under, it’s completely free. If you are older, you can enter the adult competition.

The Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year Award aims to encourage and recognise the younger generation of birders and photographers. There are no individual subject categories to worry about; the judges will choose the image that impresses them most. If you are looking for inspiration have a look at this year's winners.


The photographer of the winning image will receive £350, a pair of Swarovski CL Pocket 8x25 binoculars and the title of Young Bird Photographer of the Year.

The runner-up will receive £200. 3rd place will receive £100.

Entries close: 1 December 2017

Winners announced: 9 January 2018

Visit the competition website at to enter.

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