The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 competition has announced it will soon for entries.

The annual contest is now in its 53rd year and opens for entries for eight weeks beginning on 24 October 2016, closing at 11.30am on 15 December 2016. As in past years, the contest is open to amateur, professional and young photographers.

Entrants to the adult competition may enter up to 25 images for a £30 entry fee, while photographers aged 17 and under may enter up to 10 images for free.

Rules and categories are translated into 12 languages including Chinese, Japanese, Russian and French.

Click here for full details on the rules and prizes.

In 2015 the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition amassed some 50,000 entries from 96 countries, and organisers expect even more this year.

“Just 100 photographs will make the final edit, so the competition will be fierce,” says chair of the jury Lewis Blackwell. “Only the strongest will survive – but fortunately it is talent, little luck that matter more than brute strength.”

Joining the team of judges for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 contest are conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, wildlife photojournalist Britta Jaschinkski and wildlife writer Rosamund Kidman Cox.

As in past years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 awards will be announced at a gala held at London’s Natural History Museum, where winning and commended images will be exhibited.

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