Countryfile Calendar competition 2020: winner, finalists and how to buy a calendar

Updated: View the winner and finalists of the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition and find out how to buy your Countryfile Calendar with our guide to this year's competition.

BBC Countryfile Calendar finalists 2020

View the winner and finalists of the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition and find out how to buy your 2020 Countryfile Calendar with our guide to this year’s competition.

Who won the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2020 competition?

The winner of the Countryfile Calendar for 2020 is Michelle Howell with her photo ‘An apple a day’. The winning photo was voted for by Countryfile viewers and takes pride of place on the front cover of the Countryfile calendar for 2020, sold in aid of the BBC Children in Need. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Beauty and the Beasts’ and there were more than 42,000 entries.

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October finalist in the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition 2020. ‘An apple a day’ by Michelle Howell.

Countryfile presenter and calendar judge John Craven visited Michelle on the show to find out how she captured the winning shot.

Judges favourite photo

The Countryfile Calendar judges chose ‘Dune Drifter’ by David Brown as their favourite photo.

Pony on sand dunes
June finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition 2020. ‘June Drifter’ by David Brown

How much money was raised for BBC Children in Need in 2019?

Last year the calendars sold raised more than £2.4 million for BBC Children in Need and a minimum of £4.50 from the sale of each calendar will be donated to the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

How to buy a Countryfile Calendar

The BBC Countryfile Calendar for 2020 is now available for sale and can be ordered online, by phone or by post. The calendar is available to buy until 31st January.

The price per calendar is £9.50, UK postage included. Postage outside the UK will cost £2.75 per calendar.

Online

You can buy your calendar online by visiting: www.hcscalendar.co.uk

Telephone

To order by phone, call the order line on 0330 333 4564. (Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply)

Post

To order by post send your name, address and cheque to:

BBC Countryfile Calendar,
PO Box 25,
Melton Mowbray,
LE13 1ZG.

Please make cheques payable to BBC Countryfile Calendar.


What is the theme of the Countryfile Calendar 2020 competition?

The theme for the 2020 Countryfile Calendar is ‘Beauty and the Beasts’. According to the BBC team, it is up to you how you interpret it. You may want to focus on the beauty of our countryside. Or maybe you’re keener on the beasts that live within it; our wild animals or even our beasts of burden such as working horses, cattle and sheep. As long as your photographs capture the essence of `Beauty and the Beasts’ then you’re in with a chance.

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BBC Countryfile Calendar 2020 judges: Simon King, John Craven and Cerys Matthews. (BBC Images)

View the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2020 competition finalists

The 12 finalists were announced on BBC Countryfile on Sunday 25th August 2019. Voting has now closed. The overall winner will be announced during the TV show on Sunday 29th September 2019.

Below are the 12 finalists for this year’s BBC Countryfile Calendar competition. The winning photo is set to be chosen by a public vote and will feature on the cover.

1

January

‘Pony Trek’ by Ashley Hemsley

Horses on hillside
January finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2020 competition. ‘Pony trek’ by Ashley Hemsley
2

February

The Tide is High’ by Neil Rutherford

Waves crashing against lighthouse
February finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2020 competition.’The Tide is High’ by Neil Rutherford
3

March

‘Hare today, gone tomorrow’ by Bernard Noblett

Hares running across field
March finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2020 competition. ‘Hare today, gone tomorrow’ by Bernard Noblett
4

April

‘Here’s looking at you’ by Laura Ellis

Mother and baby goat
April finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition. ‘Here’s looking at you’ by Laura Ellis
5

May

‘Brock and blue’ by Trevor Hupton

Badger and bluebell
May finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition.’Brock and blue’ by Trevor Hupton
6

June

‘June Drifter’ by David Brown

Pony on sand dunes
June finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition 2020. ‘June Drifter’ by David Brown
7

July

‘Damsel in the Dew’ by David Lain

Dragonfly on flower
July finalist for the BBC Countryfile calendar competition 2020. ‘Damsel in the Dew’ by David Lain
8

August

‘Catchers in the Sky’ by Richard Armstrong

August finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition 2020. 'Catchers in the Sky' by Richard Armstrong.
August finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition 2020. ‘Catchers in the Sky’ by Richard Armstrong.
9

September

Cheek to Beak’ by Paul Abrahams

Deer with bird
September finalist for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition 2020. ‘Cheek to Beak’ by Paul Abrahams.
10

October

‘An apple a day’ by Michelle Howell

Mouse in apple
October finalist in the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition 2020. ‘An apple a day’ by Michelle Howell.
11

November

‘Solitary seal’ by Mark R Duffield

Seal pup on rock
November finalist in the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition 2020. ‘Solitary seal’ by Mark R Duffield
12

December

‘Winter’s hare’ by Jane Deville

Mountain hare in snow
December finalist in the BBC Countryfile Magazine calendar competition 2020. ‘Winter’s hare’ by Jane Deville.

How to vote in the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition

All 12 finalists were revealed by the Countryfile programme on BBC One on Sunday 25th August 2019. The overall winner will be the entry which receives the most votes in a public vote. Their photograph will feature on the calendar cover.

You can vote for your favourite from the 12 finalists either by phone or online. The vote will open as announced during the TV programme. There is a charge for voting by phone, but voting online is completely free.

Voting opens at 19:45 Sunday 25th August and closes at 10:00 on Monday 2nd September 2019. 
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 How were the finalists chosen?

Once again, John Craven chaired the judging panel and was joined by Simon King the wildlife cameraman and Cerys Matthews the musician and broadcaster. Together they sifted through more than 40,000 entries to choose their favourite 12 photographs before we let you decide which of them is the overall winner.

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

What is the official charity for the Countryfile Calendar?

The best 12 photographs will feature in the Countryfile Calendar for 2020, which we sell in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal. The overall winning photo will appear on the cover. Last year’s calendar raised more than £2.4m for the charity.

When do entries for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition close?

Entries for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition are now closed. Entries closed on Friday 12th July 2019.

The full terms and conditions can be found on the BBC website.

Who won the 2019 Countryfile Calendar competition?

The winner of the 2019 Countryfile photographic competition is David White with his image ‘Pole Position’. The winning photo takes pride of place on the front cover of the Countryfile calendar for 2019, sold in aid of the BBC Children in Need. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Seasons in the Sun’ and there were more than 40,000 entries.

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The BBC Countryfile Calendar 2019 sold in aid of BBC Children in Need is no longer available for sale.

See the finalists in the 2019 Countryfile Calendar competition