Countryfile Calendar competition 2020: the theme, finalists and how to vote

Updated: The BBC Countryfile Calendar 2020 competition is now closed for entries. Here is our guide to this year's theme, plus when the 12 finalists photographs will be revealed by the show, and how to vote for your favourite image.

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Entries have now closed for the BBC Countryfile Calendar Competition for 2020. We will be sharing details of the 12 finalists on Sunday 25th August 2019, plus details of how to vote.

What is the theme of the Countryfile Calendar 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.


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.

When will the BBC Countryfile calendar 2020 finalists be announced?

The 12 finalists will be announced on BBC Countryfile on Sunday 25th August 2019.

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How is the winner chosen?

John Craven will be chairing the judging panel and is once again joined by Simon King the wildlife cameraman and Cerys Matthews the musician and broadcaster. Together they’ll choose their favourite 12 photographs before we let you decide which of them is the overall winner.

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

How to vote in the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition?

All 12 finalists will be featured on the Countryfile programme on BBC One on Sunday 25th August 2019 and the audience will be asked to vote for their favourite. The overall winner will be the entry which receives the most votes in a public vote. Details of how the public can vote, and the rules of the voting, will be published on the BBC Countryfile website and on the programme. For further details, see:

When do entries for the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition close?

The competition closes at 23.59 on Friday 12th July 2019.

Please ensure you read the full terms and conditions before entering, which 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.


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