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Photographers on Safari
Photographers on Safari is a UK organisation that provides their customers with the opportunity to enter otherwise non-accessable areas of Zoos, Parks and other locations abundent in both captive animals and native wildlife. They also organise oversea tour workshops for photographic opportunities in other countries.
Group workshops are kept to a minimum to ensure each individual recieves enough one-on-one tuition and enough room to take the photos they desire without having to compete with 20 others for good positions.
Details of dates and venues for the next year or so can be found on the website.

Wild Arena
Wild Arena has plenty of opportunities for both UK workshops and oversea tours. Groups on Wild Arena workshops recieve special privillages to enter otherwise fenced off areas inaccessable to the general public. Vouchers for Wild Arena also seem to be a popular prize for Zoos' and Parks' personal photographic competitions.
Each workshop is limited to only a few individuals to avoid over-crowding and lack of tuition, and due to its popularity spaces generally fill up fast.
Dates and prices for workshops and tours can be found on the website.

Expedition Wild
Owned, run and guided by US resident Jon Friedman, Expedition Wild is purely wildlife photography, providing no access to any sort of zoo, park or reserve but rather to the natural, untamed wild of Botswana, Alaska and more. Expedition details are decided between Jon and the customer, being completely tailor made to suit the payees tastes.
Obviously a certain amount of fitness will be required to trek the jungles and deserts though less strenuous routes can be taken if needed.
More details can be found on the website.

International Competitions

Travel Photographer of the Year
Competition closes 9th October 2010
Entry Fee:
Varies
Categories: 
Encounters  - 
Amazing Places  -  World in Motion  -  Sell It!  -  Adventures  - 
                        Festival of Colour  -  Big World Small World
"TPOTY is run by photographers for photographers, judged by renowned photography experts and provides amazing prizes inclding foreign travel, the latest photographic equipment and photography tuition"

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Competition closed for 2010

Entry Fee:
Categories: N/A
"Being accepted into this competition is something that wildlife photographers, worldwide, aspire to. Professionals win many of the prizes, but amateurs succeed, too. And that's because achieving the perfect picture is down to a mixture of skill, vision, originality, knowledge of nature and luck.
Each year thousands of entries are received and judged by a specially selected expert panel. The winners are announced at an awards ceremony that takes place each October at the Natural History Museum, London."

International Garden Photographer of the Year
Main competition closes 30th November 2010

Entry Fee: £10 / £20
Categories:   Plant Portraits  -  Garden Views  -  Wildlife in the Garden  -  People in  the Garden  -                          Wildflowers  -  Trees  -  4 Seasons
"International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world's premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.
International Garden Photographer of the Year is wholly owned and organised by GALPA Ltd. It is run in asssociation with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom.
The competition is a rolling programme that runs from January through to November, following the gardening year. In addition, there are seasonal competitions four times a year ('4 Seasons'). All the seasonal competition entries feed into the main competition at the end of the year. The competition entries are judged over the winter. Finalists are announced in February. Winners are announced in April. The exhibition is then launched in May.
The competition is open to everyone anywhere in the world. Images do not have to be taken in a specified year, so Southern hemisphere entrants can use archived photographs for the seasonal competitions. There is no distinction drawn between professional and amateur photographers."

United Kingdom Competitions

Landscape Photographer of the Year
Competition closed for 2010
Entry Fee: N/A(?)
Categories: Classic View  -  Living the View  -  Your View  -  Urban View
"Take a view, the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, is the brainchild of Charlie Waite, one of today’s most respected landscape photographers.
With a total prize fund exceeding £20,000, plus an eight-week exhibition at the National Theatre and the publication of a full colour book of Best Entries, Take a view will continue to be a desirable annual competition for photographers of all ages for years to come. Britain’s heritage is celebrated by people around the world and entries are welcome from everyone, whether resident in Britain or simply visiting."

British Wildlife Photography Awards
Competition closed for 2010

Entry Fee: Varies
Categories:
Animal Portraits  -  Animal Behaviour  -  Urban Wildlife  -  Hidden Britain  -                                              Coast and Marine  -  Wildlife in my Backyard  -  Habitat  -         
                     
International Year of Biodiversity  -  British Seasons  -  2020 Vision Special Award
"An international photography competition, the BWPA was established to celebrate and recognise the talents of photographers of all nationalities practicing in the UK, while at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. At a time when we're increasingly conscious of the importance of wildlife, habitat and conservation, the Awards encourage photographers, whether professional or enthusiast, to explore Britain’s natural and urban environments, and discover its bounty of wildlife, from birds to mammals, insects to marine life. There are two special awards for young people, schools and community groups."

Countryfile Photographic Competition
Competition closed for 2010

Entry Fee: N/A
Categories: A Moment of Magic
"Photographs must have the countryside or natural world at their heart, and can feature landscapes, people, British wildlife (plants and animals), farmyard animals or countryside activities, but no pets or garden plants please. And do state if the images are of British wildlife in captivity."

Park & Zoo Specific Competitions

Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Competition closed for 2010

Entry Fee: N/A
Categories: FLIGHT  -  Native Wildlife  -  Funnies  -  Marwell Wildlife Residents
"Celebrating the variety of wildlife, our Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 competition is open to professional, amateur and young photographers alike. Up to six images per person can be submitted and the deadline for entries is 5 June 2010."

Hawk Conservancy Trust Photographic Competition
Competition closes 31st December 2010

Entry Fee: £5
Categories: Portrait  -  Action  -  Working Relationship  -  Flora and Fauna  -  In the Wild  -  Junior
"Once again we are inviting photographers to enter our photographic competition and celebrate the beauty of birds of prey. Featuring six main categories, this competition gives photographers, both amateur and professional, the chance to show off their talents. Also, new for 2010, and running parallel to the main photographic competition, is a caption competition. Each month, a photograph will be posted on the Hawk Conservancy Trust website  and captions for it invited. The caption most enjoyed by our ‘judge of the month’ will go forward to the end of the year, when a final judging will select the overall winner. Submission of caption suggestions is free of charge."