Countryfile Calendar competition 2023: this year's theme and how to vote

Entries for the Countryfile calendar competition 2023 have closed – now it's over to the judges to make the shortlist! Here's everything you need to know about how to vote in the contest later in the summer.

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Published: July 14th, 2022 at 10:01 am
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The UK's foremost amateur photography competition is now closed for entries. While the judges compile their shortlist, here's what to do when voting opens for the Countryfile calendar 2023.


When will voting open?

Once the judges have gone through all the entries and made their selection of 12, voting will open for the public to choose their overall winner and favourites. This will be announced on the show later in the summer.

Who are the judges in 2023?

John Craven will be chairing the judging panel, and will be joined by wildlife photographer and filmmaker, Hamza Yassin plus another celebrity guest, soon to be announced.

John Craven and Hamza Yassir
John Craven (right) and Hamza Yassir./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 competition?

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

The best twelve 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 twelve 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.

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


Main image: Jarek Kurek, 'First Flight', BBC Countryfile Calendar 2018


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