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.  

Veterinary Polaroid photos

How to enter

The competition is now open, submit your photos to one of two categories:


Category 1: The human:animal bond

This category is for images of vets or the veterinary team carrying out their everyday work and the patients they treat. We want to see what you and your team get up to in a working day, whether it’s in the practice, on the farm or in surgery - this is your chance to show all the great work that happens in #TeamVet.

Submit your photos

Category 2: All creatures great and small

In this category you can submit photos of animals, wildlife or pets that have been taken outside of the working environment.

Submit your photos

Across both of these categories we’d like to see images that promote responsible animal ownership and/or interaction, as well positive animal health and welfare outcomes. Entrants are encouraged to submit images that depict scenarios where the relevant welfare needs of the animal(s) photographed are met.

Closing date is Sunday 19 August 2018.

By entering the competition you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions. 

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.


    BVA has appointed a panel of judges, including BVA representatives and suitably qualified photographic experts.

    The 2018 judges are:

    All entries will be judged anonymously.


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

    This year there will also be a chance for BVA members to vote on their favorite photograph, selected from a short list as selected by the judging panel. You will be able to vote on your favorite from 27 August till 10 September 2018. The winner of the Members Choice Award will have their photograph displayed at BVA Members' Day, as well as being published alongside the category entry winners.

    The Human:animal bond 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 2018
    • 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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