BVA calls on aspiring shutterbugs to submit entries for photography competition

20 June 2017

After a successful inaugural photography competition, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) this week launched the second BVA Photography Competition and is inviting members to submit entries in the run up to World Photography Day on August 19.

Last year’s first-ever photo competition received more than 400 entries from all over the world, with Devon-based companion animal vet Stephen Powles and equine vet Karen Coumbe’s images of an Egyptian fruit bat in flight and an operation on an infected horse’s hoof being declared winners in their respective categories. Karen said: “I was encouraged to enter the competition because I am fascinated by the amazing things I am privileged to observe in my day to day work, many of which provide exciting photo-opportunities.”

The competition, which is open to all BVA members, seeks to showcase images that highlight the human-animal bond and offer a tangible insight into the veterinary profession and its work. Submissions should promote responsible animal ownership and/or interaction, as well positive animal health and welfare. Photos can be of any species and BVA would especially like to see images of native and domestic species found in the UK. Photos can be submitted under one of two categories: 

  • You and your work
  • The wonderful world of animals

The winners will receive a £250 John Lewis gift voucher each and get the chance to have their photographs displayed at BVA Members’ Day in September, at other BVA events and in BVA communications.

British Veterinary Association President Gudrun Ravetz said:

“From sparrows to elephants, and cats to alpacas, veterinary colleagues submitted such a range, quantity and quality of photographs for our first-ever competition last year that we are really excited to be launching the competition for a second year running. We’re all passionate about animal health and welfare, so the way we interact with and capture images of the animal world offers a unique perspective. Whether you enjoy taking photos on your phone or have all of the kit, we’re encouraging all of the veterinary family to give it a go and get involved.”

The competition closes at midnight on 19 August. This year’s entries will be judged by an expert panel of judges from the veterinary and photography worlds. More details about the competition, including terms and conditions, can be found at the BVA Photo Competition page.

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