12-15 years

Pack of hyenas in the wild - YPA 12-15 Commended Alicia Hayden

The brief

This category is for anyone aged between 12 and 15 when the competition closes.

If you love taking photos, then why not put your skills to good use and create some amazing shots of animals? Even if you're new to photography you might be surprised to find you're a natural.

We're looking for striking, moving or quirky images that tell a story about a particular animal and show their behavioural characteristics. Most of all, it's about celebrating animals and demonstrating your understanding of what makes them interesting or exciting.

Getting started

We're looking for photos that have been well considered and capture a particular mood or atmosphere. When you're thinking about what you'd like to photograph, consider the following ideas:

  • Location - think about somewhere you really like to spend time. It could be your back garden, a local park or anywhere you go to see wildlife, farm animals or pets.
  • Animal - do you have a favourite animal that you think is especially photogenic? Maybe you like waiting patiently to spot a fox?
  • Theme - is there an idea or theme you'd like to focus on? This could be anything, for example, the idea of protecting animals or capturing them in motion.
  • Mood - you can create a variety of moods or atmospheres in your photo. You could have very dark compositions, or maybe you prefer your photos to be bright with lots of movement.
Swans about to take flight - YPA 2011 12-15 Commended Samuel Hood

There's lots more advice from Chris Packham and wildlife photographer Andrew Forsyth in our photo tips section.

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

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

Entering the competition

If you're aged between 12 and 15 you can enter this category and can enter a maximum of five photos.

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.

Please note, you cannot submit mobile phone photos into this category, they will be disqualified. If you have captured a great shot on your phone enter it into our Mobile Phone and Devices category instead.

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