Amateur Photographer of the Year 2017

The UK’s oldest and most prestigious photo competition for amateur photographers returns, bigger and better than ever!

Over the years AP readers have sent us some incredible images, so 26 years ago we decided to launch the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. Since then, APOY has received thousands and thousands of entries, with many of them taking the judges’ breath away. Entries have come from across the globe, whether they’ve been shot with a smartphone, a plastic camera or a top-of-the-range DSLR.

APOY 2017 follows a different format from last year. This time we’re working in partnership with Photocrowd, who will be hosting all the entered images on their website. Visit for details on how to enter.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers, but please note that those entrants who live outside the UK who win any of the prizes will be liable for any local import taxes.

After the closing date of each round, all the entries will be narrowed down to a shortlist, from which we’ll decide the overall winner of that round. There will be one winner as selected by an expert panel of judges and then one winner as voted for by the members of Photocrowd, who will win a print subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine.

The images will appear on Photocrowd, and the highest rated entries are also published in Amateur Photographer. After the eight rounds, the overall winner will be chosen by a mix of crowd and expert votes.

The lucky winner will then be crowned the Amateur Photographer of the Year 2017. Scroll down to see the current leaderboard.

Plan your APOY year

Below is a list of all this year’s rounds, including when the rounds open, when they close and the dates the results will be announced in Amateur Photographer. When you are planning your entry, remember to take into consideration the criteria of fulfilling the brief, creativity and technical excellence on which you will be judged.

Round Five: Into the wild

Image by David Travis

So far in APOY 2017 we’ve looked at black & white, street photography, macro and cities. Now we want you to turn your lens on the animals we share our planet with, both at home and abroad, in Round Five, Into the Wild. Your shots can take the form of portraiture or they can be your attempt at the ultimate wildlife image.

With camera equipment becoming so much more affordable and compact cameras boasting impressive zoom lenses, wildlife photography is now far more accessible and you don’t have to travel thousands of miles for this category. While images of tigers and elephants in far-off lands are always an attractive prospect, the wildlife on your own doorstep is equally fascinating. These warmer months will give you a chance to get out looking for home-grown wildlife such as badgers, foxes and birds. So get outside and keep your eyes peeled!

This month’s prize:


Win a Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM zoom lens and Sigma USB dock, worth £1,040.

The Sigma 150-600mm DG OS HSM lens is a high-end zoom designed to meet the demands that photographers require in challenging conditions, such as wildlife photography. The lens features an updated Optical Stabilisation (OS) system with accelerometer, which improves the vertical and horizontal panning that is essential for wildlife images.

By connecting the USB cable to a computer, the Sigma USB dock enables photographers to update the firmware of the lens and customise its features. The prize value is £1,039.98.

Top tips for wildlife photography:

Get down low – Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty. Dropping by a metre or so brings the viewer into the world of the animal subject, and shooting in this way will give your image a much more natural feel.

Backgrounds – A background can make or break a wildlife image. Take your time ensuring that your subject is set against a clean and complimentary background. Your subject will pop out of the frame, prividing beautiful context.

Wildlife in action – Wildlife provides a fantastic opportunity to capture some great action shots. A bird in flight, for example, can create an image of real drama. Even just a shot of a running horse or deer can really hold the viewers attention.

Black & white – Even though a great number of animals have incredible and vibrant fur or feathers, their character can still be emphasised with beautiful black & white or even toning. Monochrome can add real atmosphere to an image.


About Sigma

Sigma is again offering an array of prizes to the winners of the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. Sigma’s mission is to provide exceptional products at an affordable price. All Sigma products are manufactured exclusively by Sigma in its dedicated factory in Aizu, Japan. The company’s reputation for cutting-edge lens design is demonstrated by its series of lenses, ranging from 4.5mm to 800mm. Designed for enthusiast and professional photographers alike, all are backed by a three-year UK warranty when imported by Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd.

Sigma’s new Global Vision range of cameras and lenses incorporates the very latest in optical technology, with unique innovations such as the ultra-fast Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens and USB dock that allow unrivalled customisation of Global Vision lenses by the photographer using Sigma Optimization Pro specialist software. This groundbreaking new range is winning praise and awards for its quality and innovation from both customers and industry commentators alike.

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