Countryfile Calendar 2018 Competition: finalists, how to vote and when the calendar goes on sale

John Craven has revealed the 12 final photos in the Countryfile Calendar 2018 photo contest. Here, you'll find the 12 finalists photographs, details on how to vote for your favourite image and when this year's calendar will go on sale

27th August 2017
BBC Countryfile Calendar 2018 finalists

This year’s Countryfile Photographic Competition has been a huge success, with more than 30,000 photos being entered.  

Chair of the judging panel, John Craven, said: "I’ve been involved with the Countryfile calendar since the very start and I have to say that this is one of the best ever.  The standard has been incredibly high."

But now, the Countryfile team need your help to pick the overall winner.

The theme for this year's competition was “Call of the Wild” and the best 12 photographs of beautiful landscapes, wildlife and other rural scenes have been chosen by previous winners and the final judging panel of John Craven, Deborah Meaden from Dragon’s Den and wildlife cameraman Simon King.

Judge, Deborah Meaden, said: "The final 12 really stand out because they are not only photographically excellent but also evoke the theme – ‘’Call of the Wild’’ – beautifully."

The 12 images will be used to make up the Countryfile Calendar for 2018, which is sold in aid of BBC Children In Need.

The Countryfile Calendar 2017 competition was won by Dean Mason with his lovely 'berry brunch' shot. See the 12 finalists from last year's Countryfile Calendar competition here

The BBC Countryfile Calendar 2017 winning shot taken by Dean Mason
The BBC Countryfile Calendar 2017 winning shot taken by Dean Mason

The 12 images will be used to make up the Countryfile Calendar 2018, which is sold in aid of BBC Children In Need.

Here are the 12 Countryfile Calendar 2018 finalists 

JANUARY FINALIST: 'WINTER WANDERERS' BY KEVIN DOLBY 

Shot in Stainborough Park, Barnsley

Kevin Dolby Countryfile Calendar competition finalist January
BBC Countryfile finalist for January is Kevin Dolby with his deer in the snow shot

 

FEBRUARY FINALIST: 'A LITTLE LOVE' BY JOHN PATE

Shot near York, England

John Pate Countryfile Calendar competition finalist
These lovebirds feature in the BBC Countryfile February shot taken by John Pate

MARCH FINALIST: 'SOLITUDE' BY ADRIAN HARRISON

Shot in Buttermere, Lake District

Adrian Harrison Countryfile Calendar competition March finalist
A lone tree is the simple yet dramatic March finalist image by Adrian Harrison 

 

APRIL FINALIST: 'TWIN BEAKS' BY SUE LINDENBERG 

Shot in Bushy Park, London

Sue Lindenberg Countryfile Calendar competition April  finalist
BBC Countryfile finalist for April is this reflective shot by Sue Lindenberg

 

MAY FINALIST: 'DOWN TIME' BY COLIN POWELL

Shot taken on the river bank at Bidford upon Avon, Warwickshire

Colin Powell Countryfile Calendar competition May finalist
The BBC Countryfile calendar May finalist is this cosy shot by Colin Powell

 

JUNE FINALIST: 'DANDELION KING' BY PHILLIP GREEN

Shot on Howick Hall Farm, New Longton, Preston

Phillip Green Countryfile Calendar competition June finalist
This tiny climber is the June BBC Countryfile Calendar shot taken by finalist Phillip Green

 

JULY FINALIST: 'FIRST FLIGHT' BY JAREK KUREK

Shot in Bushy Park, London

Jarek Kurek Countryfile Calendar competition July finalist
Bushy Park in London provided the backdrop for this Countryfile Calendar shot by July finalist Jarek Kurek

 

AUGUST FINALIST: 'FLUTTER BY' BY ALISON ROSUM

Shot on the track from West Hanney to Grove, Oxfordshire

Alison Rosum Countryfile Calendar competition August finalist 2018
Beautiful butterflies provide inspiration to the Countryfile Calendar August finalist Alison Rosum

 

SEPTEMBER FINALIST: 'DARK HORSE' BY CAROLINE GREEN

Molesey Heath, England

Caroline Green Countryfile Calendar 2018 September finalist
A horse on the horizon is the Countryfile Calendar September image. Taken by Caroline Green

 

OCTOBER FINALIST: 'CAUGHT NAPPING' BY GEOFFREY BAKER

Shot in Donna Nook, Lincolnshire

Geoffrey Baker Countryfile Calendar 2018 October finalist
Time for a snooze? Geoffrey Baker's sleepy seal shot is the October Countryfile Calendar finalist 

 

NOVEMBER FINALIST: 'HIGHLAND MAJESTY' BY MICHAEL CHEETHAM

Taken in Loch Lomond, Scotland

Michael Cheetham Countryfile Calendar 2018 November finalist
Taking a load off. The Countryfile Calendar competition November finalist Michael Cheetham took this shot in Loch Lomond, Scotland

 

DECEMBER FINALIST: 'LEAP OF FAITH' BY NICK CARTER

Shot in Cairngorms, Scotland

Nick Carter Countryfile Calendar 2018 December finalist
Countryfile Calendar December finalist is this flighty shot by Nick Carter in the Cairngorms, Scotland

 

How to vote in the Countryfile Calendar competition 

Update Monday 4th September: voting has now closed and the overall winner will be announced on the show on Sunday 1 October

The overall winner will be the photographer who gets the most votes when the totals from the online and phone votes are combined.

For more details, please go to: bbc.co.uk/countryfile

When the Countryfile Calendar 2018 is going on sale

The winner will be unveiled on the show on 1 October and the Countryfile Calendar 2018 will go on sale. 

We will announce details on how you can buy your calendar soon...

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