Countryfile Calendar competition 2021: winner and finalists
The Countryfile Calendar photographic competition for 2021 has now closed for entries and the winner has been announced. Here is our guide to this year's competition.
Entries and public are now closed for the 2021 Countryfile Calendar photographic competition and the finalists and winner have been announced. Here you can view the winner and finalists of the BBC Countryfile Calendar with our guide to the 2021 competition.
Who won the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2021 competition?
The winner of the Countryfile Calendar for 2021 is Brian Stokoe with his photo ‘Scent of spring’. The winning photo was voted for by Countryfile viewers and takes pride of place on the front cover of the Countryfile calendar for 2021, sold in aid of the BBC Children in Need.
What is the theme of the Countryfile Calendar for 2021 competition?
The theme for the 2021 calendar is ‘Bright and Beautiful’ and each month features one of the 12 finalists from the Countryﬁle Photographic Competition.
What is the official charity for the Countryfile Calendar?
The best 12 will then make up the Countryfile Calendar for 2021, which will be sold in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal. 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of BBC Children in Need.
Last year the Countryfile Calendar 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.
Where can I buy a Countryfile Calendar for 2021?
The BBC Countryﬁle calendar for 2021 is now available for purchase and can be ordered online.
The price per calendar is £9.50, UK postage included. Postage outside the UK will cost £2.99 per calendar.
The closing date for calendar orders will be 31st of January 2021 so please place your order now to ensure you receive your copy.
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 they let you decide which of them is the overall winner which will feature on the cover of the 2021 Countryfile calendar.
View the 12 BBC Countryfile Calendar 2021 finalists
Wilderness Wanderer by Harry Feather
'I walk the line' by Tom Broxup
'Scent of Spring' by Brian Stokoe
'Nut-quaker' by Lin Bingham
'Lady in red' by Iain Leadley
'Sunset glow' by Rachel Baker
'Nectar Inspector' by Steve McHale
'Among the purple heather' by Shane Stanbridge
'Autumn rays' by Richard Hooper
'Call of the wild' by Mervyn Chilton
'Brock and stroll' by Liam Hale
'Winter wonderland' by Jan Brown
Learn how to improve your photography skills
In our photography section, find advice from the experts on how to take better photos of wildlife and nature.
The first sight of emerging wildflowers is a joyful sign of spring and summer and makes a lovely photography subject.
You don’t have to venture far to find wild birds to photograph – your back garden is a great place to start. Set up a bird feeder somewhere out of the reach of cats and give local birds a few weeks to get used to it, placing food out regularly. Alternatively, scope out nearby woodland or your local park for visiting birds – or even try taking photos from your window.
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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 the 2020 calendar competition was ‘Beauty and the Beasts’ and there were more than 42,000 entries.
The BBC Countryfile Calendar 2020 sold in aid of BBC Children in Need is no longer available for sale.