Enter your most stunning animal photographs into the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2006, sponsored by Olympus and printing company Warners Midlands, and you could be in the frame for a fantastic prize!
Budding young photographers have the chance to win a great Olympus digital camera, enjoy a day on a photoshoot with the RSPCA and attend a glitzy award ceremony hosted by wildlife photographer Chris Packham at the Natural History Museum in London.
Wildlife photographer, TV personality and competition judge Chris Packham said: "Get out and about with your cameras this summer and experiment with different subjects and styles. Don't be afraid of the familiar. Take photos of animals around you, such as your dogs, wildlife, and insects in the garden - but try and make your picture stand out. The standard of photographs always astounds me and I can't wait to see this year's selection."
Entries for the main YPA06 competition are divided into two different age groups: under 12 and 12-18 years. The winner from each age group will win an Olympus digital camera worth £300 and four runners-up will each receive a high quality camera from the Olympus range, worth £150. The best overall picture will be chosen from all the entries. The winner will receive a top of the range Olympus digital camera worth £500 and the chance to join the RSPCA on an exclusive photoshoot for a day.
The Olympus portfolio prize rewards an individual whose body of work showed consistent quality. Entrants should pick five photographs that display their photography skills and make a great collection of images. One winner will receive a top of the range Olympus digital camera worth £500.
For more information, go to the YPA06 website at: www.rspca.org.uk/ypa. Not only is there information about the competition, but you can also view shortlisted entries from 2005 and read Chris Packham's tips about how to take a good photograph.