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Shoot photos, not animals, on World Animal Day!

Every year, on October 4, Naturewatch Foundation coordinates World Animal Day. It’s a perfect opportunity for animal lovers to show the world that we are uniting to raise the status of animals – regardless of our nationality, religion or political beliefs.

Hundreds of activities are held by individuals and groups to raise awareness, or funds, for a multitude of animal welfare causes and issues. This year, due to COVID-19, much of the participation will be virtual, including the World Animal Day ‘Animal Photographer of the Year’ challenge.

Have you taken an inspiring photo of an animal that you’re really proud of? Maybe you’ve snapped an unusual visitor to your garden during lockdown?

World Animal Day HQ is inviting keen photographers to submit images of animals of all species. A selection of them will be displayed on the World Animal Day website banner throughout the month leading up to October 4. Four outstanding images will feature on the day itself, when website traffic is at its busiest.

People from around the world, and from all walks of life, are invited to take part. Animal welfare organisations are welcome to submit images of animals in their care.

What’s in it for entrants?

The #WorldAnimalDay hashtag will go viral on October 4, bringing a huge number of international visitors to the home page of the World Animal Day website. Featured photos will be seen by thousands of people around the world! It could be great publicity, especially for a budding shutterbug, fledgling photography business or animal welfare organisation.

The images will also be shared on World Animal Day’s social media channels, further increasing their audience.

  • In 2019, the hashtag, #WorldAnimalDay, trended in 56 countries – an increase of 20 from 2018!
  • #WorldAnimalDay reached 39 million people around the world last year!
  • The Spanish hashtag, #DiaMundialDeLosAnimales, also trended.
  • Other translations included Hindi, French, Italian, German, Chinese and Greek.

“We’re not necessarily looking for technical perfection from expensive equipment,” says Caroline Ruane, Campaign Manager at World Animal Day and Naturewatch Foundation. “People can take fantastic photos using their camera phones. It’s crucial for the images to inspire empathy and action. We want to raise the status of animals worldwide. Our priority is that people consider animals of all species as sentient beings on World Animal Day – and throughout the year.”

The deadline for entries is 11:59 on Thursday August 27, 2020. There is no admission fee.

Images must adhere to animal welfare standards. Full information, including guidelines and submission requirements, can be found on the World Animal Day website.


After October 4:


Please consider offering your photography skills to a local rescue centre – your fantastically flattering photo could help an overlooked animal find their forever home!