Please read the terms and conditions carefully before submitting a photograph.

General Competition Rules

1. All photographs must be taken during the month of May 2021 on the island of Ireland (including Ireland’s islands and marine territory) and submitted before 31st May at midnight. Please ensure the correct date is set in your camera settings, as we will be checking metadata to confirm the capture date.

2. The competition is open to amateur photographers worldwide. An amateur is a photographer who makes less than 15% of their annual income, or less than €5,000 p.a. from the practice of photography.

3. The photograph(s) must be consistent with the theme of ‘Biodiversity’.

We interpret this as relating to:

a. Celebrating Biodiversity in all its forms

4. Images of nesting birds will not be accepted. Be aware that under Section 23 (6)(b) of the Wildlife Act, 1976 (as amended) a license is required for a person to take or make photographic, video or other pictures of a protected wild animal of a species specified in the license, on or near the breeding place of such an animal. You can read more about this here.

millipede5. Employees of the IEN are not eligible to enter.

6. The Judges’ decision is final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.

7. By entering the promotion and submitting your photograph, you hereby grant the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) a license to use your photograph. The IEN will never use your photograph for profit, and will always credit the original photographer where possible.

8. All imagery MUST be the total and exclusive work of the submitting photographer and may not include any element that is the copyright of another.

9. When a photograph is submitted and entry finalised the entry cannot be changed or edited.

10. The IEN is excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to the winner arising from his or her acceptance of the prize.

11. Entry to the Competition shall be deemed full acceptance of the terms & conditions.

Submission Rules

1. All entries must include a valid email address.

2. The maximum number of submissions per participant is 5 images.

3. All images for entry in the ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year 2021’ must be sent in via the online application form. Details will be provided on the website ‘’ on 1st May 2021.

4. Photographs to be entered into the ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ should be NO smaller than 2,400 pixels on the shortest side and the overall size has no upper limit.

5. Images must be in JPEG format

6. Images should be 100% quality (JPEG)

7. Photographers may make reasonable use of digital darkroom type techniques which enhance quality but do not distort the photograph. Only minor burning, dodging and/or colour correction is acceptable, as is cropping. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are NOT acceptable. Any changes to the original Photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the Photograph ineligible for a prize.