Have you got an eye for bugs? Or do you like hunting for creepy crawlies with your macro lens? Then this photography competition could be just the thing to give you the recognition you deserve.
Now in its second year, the Bug Photography Awards 2021 are being organized by Photocrowd with a prize pot up for grabs of £21,000 (over $29,000). The competition will raise funds for inverterbrate conservation at the same time through wildlife charity Buglife.
There are nine different categories that you can enter, covering all the main types of bugs that you could aim your camera at. They are:
• Butterflies & moths
• Dragonflies & mayflies
• Flies, bees, ants & wasps
• Snails & slugs
• Extreme close-ups
• Bug homes
• All other bugs
The grand prize and the title of Bug Photographer of the Year will be judged on the basis of five images submitted by the photographer in these categories. The winner will get £2500 in cash, plus a range of other goodies.
Additionally there will be a Young Bug Photographer of the Year, that will be free to enter, and which will be awarded to photographers aged between 13 to 17.
Judges include Germain Greer, broadcaster Nick Baker, nature photographer Ross Hoddinott, Springwatch's Gillian Burke, and DCW's Chris George.
The competition is open now, with entries closing on 05 September. For full details and how to enter see the Bug Photography Awards website (opens in new tab).
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