The winner of the Countryfile Calendar competition was announced on Sunday 2nd October 2022. Read on to find out who was chosen as the winning photo for 2023, which graced the cover – and view the 12 images that made up the shortlist.


The theme for this year's competition was 'Wild and Free' and the shortlist was chosen by judges John Craven, Hamza Yassin and Alison Steadman. The 12 images will feature in the Countryfile Calendar for 2023, which will be sold in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal. The overall winner of the competition will feature on the cover of the calendar which raised more than £2.9 million for the charity last year.

If you fancy entering the BBC Countryfile Calendar for 2024 you can take great photos of animals without specialist equipment as many of the best wildlife photos can be snapped on your smartphone. Alternatively, why not hone your photography skills by taking part in a photography course?

*We will be updating this page with details of how to enter the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition for 2024 later in the year.

Who won the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition for 2023?

The winner was Seb Smith with Peek a Moo!, chosen for September.

View all 12 finalists


How to order your copy

To order the Countryfile Calendar 2023 in support of BBC Children in Need, please go to the order page*:

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Alternatively, you can call the telephone order line on 0330 333 4564. Standard geographic charges will apply to both landlines and mobiles. Phone lines open 3rd October 2022 at 9am.

If you prefer to order by post, please send your name and address to:

BBC Countryfile Calendar
Melton Mowbray
LE13 1ZG

Please make your cheques payable to BBC Countryfile Calendar.

The calendar costs £9.99 which includes UK delivery. A minimum of £4.75 from the sale of each calendar will be donated to the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Who were the judges in 2023?

John Craven chaired the judging panel, joined by wildlife photographer and filmmaker, Hamza Yassin, plus Alison Steadman.

John Craven and Hamza Yassir
John Craven (right) and Hamza Yassir (left)./Credit: BBC.

What is the Countryfile Calendar competition?

Every year, Countryfile opens its calendar competition to budding photographers across the UK to submit their best wildlife, landscape and nature shots. Each year has a different theme, and is judged by the long-serving Countryfile presenter John Craven, along with two other judges.

After the deadline has passed, the judges will select a shortlist of 12 photographs. The final round of voting belongs to the general public, who are allowed to choose the winner and runners up.

What is the theme of the 2023 Countryfile Calendar?

This year’s theme is ‘Wild and Free’ – and this theme applies to every setting, whether rural, urban, farmland or around water.

The best 12 photographs will make up the Countryfile Calendar for 2023, which is sold in aid of BBC Children in Need.

New for 2023: two children's categories

To give future generations of photographers the chance to participate, two new age groups are included this year: 8-12 years and 13-17 years old.

The final 12 photos will include six from the adult category and three from each of the younger age groups.

How to enter the Countryfile Calendar competition 2023

Entries have now closed for the 2023 Countryfile Calendar competition.

When was the deadline?

Entries had to be submitted by 10am on Monday 11th of July 2022.

Please read the full terms and conditions and privacy notice for more information.

What is the prize for the Countryfile Calendar?

There will be one overall winner as voted for by Countryfile viewers. Not only will their picture take pride of place on the cover of the calendar, they’ll also get a gift card to the value of £1,000 to spend on photographic equipment in outlets of their choice, either on-line or on the high street.

The winner of the judges’ favourite category will receive a gift card to the value of £500, which can also be spent at a number of outlets.


The competition isn’t open to professionals and entries must not have won other national or international competitions.