Small world

Sometimes, wild animals lurk right under our noses. This is your chance to capture them on your camera or mobile phone. What wonders are lurking right outside your doorstep or inside your home? Armoured beasts under rocks? Slithery creatures in the compost heap?

The brief

We created this category because we know there's no need to venture far to capture amazing animals. There's something wild waiting right under your nose!

Perhaps you've spotted wild animals and insects that share our lives and homes. So, next time you spot a spider building a web on your windowsill or a frog in your school pond, snap a picture! 

Getting started

This category will shine a light on creatures who are overlooked for being small or commonplace. A macro lens (a lens that allows you to take close-ups) would help but isn't essential. If you have one, do use it, but an ordinary camera or a mobile phone combined with imagination and some patience will do the trick.
How you interpret 'small world' is up to you – we can't wait to see what you come up with!

You can get some inspiration from previous winners' photos in our galleries.

When you're out and about trying to get the perfect shot, don't ever put your safety at risk.

Entering the competition

Remember to include a description of your photo, in 80 words or fewer. Tell us where you took the photo, why you took it and give any details you think are interesting or tell the photo's story.

Read the full rules and terms and conditions before you enter and check out the prizes.

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