Vets invited to get snap happy for BVA’s third ‘Veterinary photographer of the year’ competition

22 June 2018

After a highly successful photography competition last year that saw over 600 entries from hundreds of vets and vet nurses, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched its much-anticipated 2018 ‘BVA Veterinary photographer of the year’ competition, inviting members of the profession to get clicking in the run up to World Photography Day on 19 August.

Last year’s competition saw photographs span a range of subjects from across the UK and overseas, from a common basilisk in Costa Rica and cattle during a TB testing day on the island of Arran, to a meerkat undergoing a vasectomy and a veterinary podiatrist at work. Small animal vet Mandy Knight’s photo ‘Happy Gastrotomy’ and mixed-practice vet Jen Rowland’s photo of rare and native North Ronaldsay and Dartmoor sheep grazing under the milky way in Northumberland took top honours in their respective categories.

In January this year, BVA was also invited to showcase 22 of the most commended photographs at an exhibition in the Houses of Parliament, to give MPs and Peers a unique insight into the varied and vital roles performed by veterinary surgeons today.

This year’s competition, which is open to all BVA members, seeks images that highlight the human-animal bond within a veterinary practice as well as photos of pets or wildlife taken outside of the working environment. Submissions should promote responsible animal interaction as well positive animal health and welfare. Photos can be submitted under one of two categories: 

  • Human-animal bond
  • All creatures great and small

An expert panel of judges from the veterinary and photography worlds, including award-winning wildlife photographer David Tipling, will judge this year’s entries. For the first time, BVA members will get the chance to select their favourite entry for the Members’ Choice Award, which will be open to votes from 27 August to 10 September.

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

British Veterinary Association President John Fishwick said:

“The photo competition has created quite a buzz within the veterinary community since it launched two years ago. I have been delighted and amazed by the sheer range, quantity and quality of photographs submitted by our members so far and look forward to this year’s submissions.

“We are all passionate about animal health and welfare, so the way we interact with and capture images of the animal world offers a unique perspective, one that we were proud to showcase to members of parliament earlier this year. Whether you enjoy taking photos on your phone or have all the latest photography equipment, I would encourage all my colleagues within the veterinary family to give it a go and get clicking.”

The competition closes at midnight on 19 August.

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