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Wildscreen Photo Story Panda Award 2020

Wildscreen, creators of the world’s largest and most prestigious wildlife film and photo Festival has launched the 2020 Panda Awards competition, the highest honour in the global wildlife and environmental film industry. The Photo Story Panda Award returns, with National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Photography, Kathy Moran, announced as Chair of the Jury.

In 2018, the inaugural Photo Story Panda Award was introduced to recognise the craft of photography alongside that of film and cement stills within the DNA of the internationally renowned Wildscreen Festival. The wildlife industry takes global audiences to the world’s most remote, inhospitable and threatened environments, shining a spotlight on species and habitats that most will not experience. The Panda Awards celebrates the human endeavour, commitment and unique skill that it takes to tell nature’s stories.

Entrants have until 1 May 2020 to submit photo stories comprising of six images that have an aspect of the natural world as a central focus, with a clear and powerful narrative weaved between the images. Early bird pricing is available until 16 February.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers worldwide, over 18 years. The judges will also be looking for exceptional emerging talent photographers, under the age of 30, which will be considered for an ‘Emerging Talent Photo Story Panda Award’.




Nominees will be announced in August with the overall winner revealed at the Wildscreen Panda Awards ceremony during the Wildscreen Festival. Each of the nominated photo stories will also be featured in a large-scale outdoor photography exhibition in central Bristol, UK, in October 2020, reaching a public audience of over 45,000. Nominees will also be invited to present their work as part of the Festival programme.


To be eligible, the Photo Story (“Photo Story”) Entrant must: ● be aged 18 or over on the closing date ● be the creator of the Photo Story (or their authorised representative) ● be the copyright owner of the images or have secured written permission from the copyright holder or any joint owners of the copyright Entrants aged 30 or under by the Closing Date may also be considered for the ‘Emerging Talent Photo Story Panda Award’ which will be awarded at the discretion of the Jury. To be eligible, the Photo Story must: ● have an aspect of the natural world as the central focus ● have a clear and connected narrative weaved throughout the story ● include at least one photograph within the story taken on or after 1 March 2018 ● consist of six photographs ● not portray subjects that have been captured using live bait ● not portray subjects that are captive, models, restrained, domesticated, or being exploited for profit, except if done so for the purposes of reporting on exploitation of animal(s) by a third party or a welfare issue.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Entrants warrant that Wildscreen is entitled to use of all images they provide for Wildscreen for promotional publicity in connection with the Festival and Awards throughout the world in all media, including social media, without the requirement to make any payment in respect of such usage.


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