BVA's Veterinary Photographer of the Year
The 2021 BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by iM3* veterinary dentistry and open to BVA members, saw a record-breaking 600 entries from across the veterinary profession. The submissions included portrayals of the realities of day-to-day veterinary work during the pandemic, as well as photos of pets or wildlife, and the human-animal bond.
A winner and highly commended were announced for each category in April 2021. The categories were
- All creatures great and small - An opportunity to look at the vast diversity of the animal kingdom: domestic, agricultural and all aspects of wildlife
- A vet's life in lockdown - Images that reflect the extraordinary circumstances we have all been thrust into during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Happy pets that make us smile - Reflecting the joy of a happy, contented animal
All winning and highly commended photos followed our advertising guidelines on the responsible use of animals in advertising and imagery.
*iM3 is a family-owned veterinary dental company established in Sydney Australia over 30 years ago. In that time, iM3 has grown to become a leading veterinary dental company setting the standard in product innovation, industry firsts and continuing education.
2021 winners and highly commended
A vet's life in lockdown category winner
A new working normal: multitasking to new levels by Adele Williams
Specialist equine vet working on referral report writing whilst breastfeeding baby at home. Nurseries were closed during the first lockdown but this vet mum had to continue working whilst looking after the little one at home. Note entirely necessary glamorous yet comfy gold slippers to complete the look.
All creatures great and small category winner
In the spotlight by Ellie Dudson
A cool sunny afternoon in the parlour.
Happy pets that make us smile category winner
In Expectant Anticipation of a Tennis Ball by Harriet Williams
When camping in Croyde the summer before last, my cousins went coasteering. Due to some medical problems at the time, I was resigned to the role of official photographer, but was readily distracted by this energetic fox red lab sprinting back and forth into the sea after a tennis ball. Most of the shots were blurred by the action, but this was a stand out and has been one of my favourite shots ever since. In particular I love the colours - the ochre hue of the lab set against the blues of the rock and sea, with a little snippet of the owner's lemon yellow dress, really take me back to that summer.
A vet's life in lockdown category highly commended
Lockdown Day III by Nat Scroggie
This image was taken on day 3 of 5 harrowing emergency shifts in early lockdown. We had to re-use our surgical masks each day, scoring the day on the front to keep track.
Lockdown loyalty by Tina Nurse
This is my loyal companion during lockdown. This picture reflects our quiet walks in solitude.
All creatures great and small category highly commended
Kjötbollur by Sofia Croppi
Horse trip in northern Iceland, moving a few dozen horses and coming together with other farms for the seasonal competitions.
Showing his best side by Clare Hogston
Close up portrait of a Swaledale Tup taken at the Masham Sheep Fair in Yorkshire.
Happy pets that make us smile category highly commended
Got your back! by Pedro Costa
Photo taken before second lockdown in an amazing sunset in Birling Gap, East Sussex.
Snow angel by Katherine Siddons
Missy, 5, is an American Akita who we rescued in 2016 and has completely transformed our lives. She loves being outside, especially in the snow! She’s certainly got the coat for it!
One vet community winner 2019
One shot, two lives by Laura Caballero Pastor
You and Your Work category winner 2017
Happy Gastromony by Mandy Knight
Wonderful world of animals category winner 2016
Egyptian fruit bat in flight by Stephen Powles
Permission and copyright
It is the entrant’s responsibility to get permission from the subject of the photograph. This includes seeking the owner’s permission if the subject is a pet.
Entrants must be the sole owner of the copyright for each photo they submit. Entrants can only submit their own work and must not infringe on any rights of a third party.
By entering the competition, you are granting BVA a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish and communicate your photo/s to the public. You retain the copyright of your image/s.
Terms and conditions
- You must be BVA member to enter the competition.
- Your BVA membership must be active at the time of entering.
- BVA employees are not allowed to enter the competition.
- How to enter
- All images entered must fit into the specified categories.
- Entries should be submitted via our online form.
- No more than 2 images may be submitted per person per category.
- Entrants must supply their name, email address, image name, image description and date of when the image was taken.
- The competition must be entered in each entrant’s own name. You cannot enter the competition on behalf of anyone else.
- The image size should be between 1MB and 5MB.
- All images must reflect Covid-19 guidance.
- We are unable to accept postal entries.
- The original image should be submitted.
- We cannot accept photos that have previously been published, including in other photography competitions.
- Permissions and copyright
- It is the entrant’s responsibility to get permission from the subject of the photograph. This includes seeking the owner’s permission if the subject is a pet.
- Entrants must be the sole owner of the copyright for each photo they submit. Entrants can only submit their own work and must not infringe on any rights of a third party.
- The prize
- The winner of each category will receive £250 worth of John Lewis vouchers.
- All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
- Judging and notification
- The entries will be judged by a panel put together by BVA.
- The winners will be notified by email.
- If a winner cannot be contacted or is not available, the judges reserve the right to disqualify them and select another winner from the eligible entries.
- Property rights
- By entering the competition, you are granting BVA a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to reproduce, publish, and communicate your photo(s) to the public - this means your photo(s) could appear in our publications, webpages, emails, membership material, social media channels etc.
- You retain the copyright of your image(s). Where possible, we will credit the photo to you.