BVA's Veterinary Photographer of the Year

Are you a photography enthusiast? Or perhaps you just really enjoy taking some great pictures of animals? Either way, we're inviting BVA members to take part in our photo competition. In return you could win £250 of John Lewis vouchers and the chance to get your photograph published and displayed at BVA Members' Day.  

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The 2019 competition is now open. Click on the links to enter up to 2 photos in each of our categories; 

  • All creatures great and small
    Whether you're photographing in the wild, on the farm, or during your work in practice, we’d like you to inspire us with great pictures of wildlife, livestock, and even your pets.
  • One Veterinary Community
    We want you to show us what being a BVA member looks like - life in practice, in vet school, in the office and much more. Let’s celebrate the diversity of BVA membership and everyone in it. #WeAreBVA

Deadline for entry is 1 September 2019

About the competition

  • Who can enter
  • Photos
  • Judging
  • Prizes
  • Permission and copyright
  • Who can enter

    The competition is open to all BVA members. Your membership must be active at the time of entering. BVA employees are not allowed to enter.

    Not a BVA member? Find out more about joining BVA.


    Photos must be original and belong to you. We cannot accept photos that have previously been published, including in other photography competitions. However it is fine for the photos to appear on Flickr or your own social media sites.

    Please submit the original photo (not a copy from social media) as we need your photo(s) to be high quality. The file size for each image should be between 1MB to 5MB. We may contact the winners to ask for higher resolution versions at a later date.


    Our judges for the 2019 competition are:  

    • Victoria Hillman, Zoologist and wildlife photographer
    • Eric Hilaire, Guardian Picture Editor 
    • Simon Doherty, BVA President
    • Katie Roberts, Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) president
    • Gill Harris, Vet Record Assistant Editor

    All entries will be judged anonymously.


    There will be 2 winning entries; one for each category.

    The One Veterinary Community category winner, and the All creatures great and small category winner will receive:

    • £250 John Lewis vouchers
    • Recognition and photo displayed at BVA Members' Day 2019
    • The chance for the photo to be published in BVA's publications

    Prizes cannot be exchanged and the judges' decisions are final. If entries are below the standard required, BVA reserves the right not to award prizes.

    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 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. 

    This page should answer any questions you have about the competition, but if not then please email

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