The brief

The Portfolio category is a tough challenge for any keen photographer. Can you put together five fabulous shots, linked by a great idea, location or theme? If you're 18 or under when the competition closes and up for a challenge then this is the category for you!

We're looking for a selection of images that celebrate animals and show your understanding of what makes them interesting, as well as demonstrating a range of photographic techniques - for example composition, use of light or depth of field.


Each photo should stand out as a great image in its own right as well as part of the collection.

Getting started

Choosing a strong theme is your first step towards success. Think about whether you'd like to focus on a particular species, the animals in your favourite location, or perhaps five different shots of your pet.

  • Location - is there a place that inspires you? It can be anywhere you go to see wildlife, pets or farm animals.
  • Animal - do you want your portfolio to focus on just one animal , a variety of species or a range of locations?
  • Theme - is there an idea or theme you'd like to focus on? This could be anything, for example animals in motion, birds in flight or endangered animals.
Hunting bittern - YPA 2012 Portfolio Winner Oscar Dewhurst

One weaker shot can let you down, so choose your portfolio images carefully - it's a good idea to ask for help in choosing the best ones.

There's loads of advice from Chris Packham and wildlife photographer Andrew Forsyth in our photo tips section, including portfolio tips.

View previous winning images 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 18 or under you can enter three portfolios in this category. Please include a description of each photo in around 80 words or fewer. Your description will be displayed alongside the pictures if you are a finalist; so say where you took the photos, why you took them and give any details you think help tell the story behind them.

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 of entry and terms and conditions before you enter and check out the prizes!