Countryfile calendar competition 2019: the theme, how to enter and photography tips

Updated: 19th July 

The 2019 Countryfile Calendar Photography Competition closes for entries before midnight on 20th July. Here is our guide on this year's theme, how to enter your photograph before the deadline, plus tips from the experts

18th June 2018
Countryfile Calendar judges

The BBC Countryfile Calendar 2019 competition is now accepting digital and postal entries. The 12 best photos will be chosen to feature in the Countryfile Calendar for 2019, sold in aid of BBC Children in Need.

What is the Countryfile calendar theme for 2019?

This year’s theme is ‘Seasons in the Sun’. It’s up to you how you interpret it but the competition judges are looking for photographs that show off the British countryside in all its natural glory throughout all the seasons.

You can send the Countryfile team pictures of the landscape, its wildlife, its weather, people at work or relaxing in countryside, as long as whatever you photograph captures the essence of 'Seasons in the Sun’. The best twelve will then make up the Countryfile Calendar for 2019, which will be sold in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal.

Countryfile calendar judges
Countryfile Calendar 2019 judges Simon King, Cerys Matthews and John Craven/Credit: BBC Images

John Craven will be chairing the judging panel and is joined by Simon King the wildlife cameraman and Cerys Matthews the musician and broadcaster. Together they’ll choose their favourite 12 photographs before opening the votes to the public to help choose the overall winner.

How to enter the Countryfile calendar competition

You can enter online by uploading your digital photos to the BBC website, and filling out an online entry form. There’s a maximum of three photos per person. The BBC can only accept photo’s in JPEG format and only up to a maximum size of 10mb. Please keep copies of your original files if they are bigger than this, as they may be needed later on if you are successful.

Or if you prefer you can enter prints via post. Please write your name, address and a daytime and evening phone number on the back of each photo with a note of where it was taken. Again, there’s a maximum of three photographs per person.

For postal entries, please send them to:

Countryfile Photographic Competition
BBC Bristol
Whiteladies Road

The winning image in the Countryfile Calendar 2018 was taken by Jarek Kurek
The winning image in the Countryfile Calendar 2018 was taken by Jarek Kurek

You can see the 12 finalists for the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2018 competition here

The Countryfile Calendar for 2017 raised more than £2 million for the charity. View the 12 finalists and winner of last years' competition here.

The closing date for entries is 23:59 on Friday 20th July 2018. The person who takes the winning photo will receive a gift card to the value of £1,000, to be spent on photographic equipment of their choice, at a number of outlets. The person who takes the photo the judges like best will receive a gift card to the value of £500 which can also be spent on photographic equipment at a number of outlets. 

The competition closes before midnight on 20th July 2018

The full terms and conditions are on the Countryfile website - where there are also details of the BBC’s code of conduct for competitions. See: 

Tips on how to take the winning photograph

John Craven and Cerys Matthews
Countryfile Calendar judges John Craven and Cerys Matthews hone their photography skills/Credit: BBC images

So if you want to win the Countryfile Photographic calendar competition, you’ll need to embrace this year’s theme and get out into the countryside with whatever camera you own, breathe in the air, take in the landscape, relax and start taking pictures.

Here are a few tips to get you started with taking great nature photos…

Photography tips: how to take the winning shot

Part 1: Get to know your camera

Part 2: Top tips

Part 3: Outdoor photos


All images credit: BBC images

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