Kids have the perfect excuse to be glued to their phones – to win top prizes taking pics of their pets.
The RSPCA Young Photographer of the Year is open for entries. Judge Chris Packham says even mobile phones can capture animal magic.
TV host Chris said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get snapping. We want to see creative photos of people’s pets, farm animals or wildlife – you do not need expensive equipment.
“Last year we saw some stunning photos taken on mobile devices.”
Winners in 2018 included Freddy Jones, 14, from Worcester, for his snap of a grass snake in his garden pond.
Sophie Bramall, 17, from Stafford, picked up a prize with a photo of her cat drinking from a water fountain. Chris added: “It’s imagination we’re after. Pictures that demonstrate the photographer’s creativity.
“This is a such a brilliant competition as it makes us stop, look at and think about the animals around us. Some of the photos we have seen in past years have captured magical moments.”
There are three age groups – under 12s, 12-15 and 16-18 – and 11 categories, including Picture Perfect Pets.
Overall winner last year was 17-year-old Lucy Hutton, from Hexham in Northumberland, with her image of the Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George, whose death marked the extinction of his species.
It also won the Human Impact on Animals award.
New for 2019 is an Instagram category, judged by the public.
Prizes include cameras and photo breaks.