Countryfile calendar competition 2019: the theme, when will the finalists be announced and how to buy

Updated: 21st July

The 2019 Countryfile Calendar Photography Competition has now closed for entries and the winner and finalists will be announced on the TV show in autumn when the calendar will go on sale.

18th June 2018
Countryfile Calendar judges

The BBC Countryfile Calendar 2019 competition has now closed for entries. The 12 best photos will be chosen to feature in the Countryfile Calendar for 2019, sold in aid of BBC Children in Need.

What is the Countryfile calendar theme for 2019?

This year’s theme is ‘Seasons in the Sun’. It’s up to you how you interpret it but the competition judges are looking for photographs that show off the British countryside in all its natural glory throughout all the seasons.

The best 12 will then make up the Countryfile Calendar for 2019, which will be sold in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal.

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

John Craven will be chairing the judging panel and is joined by Simon King the wildlife cameraman and Cerys Matthews the musician and broadcaster. Together they’ll choose their favourite 12 photographs before opening the votes to the public to help choose the overall winner, which will be revealed on the TV show in autumn. 

The winning image in the Countryfile Calendar 2018 was taken by Jarek Kurek
The winning image in the Countryfile Calendar 2018 was taken by Jarek Kurek

You can see the 12 finalists for the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2018 competition here

The Countryfile Calendar for 2017 raised more than £2 million for the charity. View the 12 finalists and winner of last years' competition here.

The competition has now closed

The closing date for entries is 23:59 on Friday 20th July 2018. The person who takes the winning photo will receive a gift card to the value of £1,000, to be spent on photographic equipment of their choice, at a number of outlets. The person who takes the photo the judges like best will receive a gift card to the value of £500 which can also be spent on photographic equipment at a number of outlets. 

The full terms and conditions are on the Countryfile website - where there are also details of the BBC’s code of conduct for competitions. See: www.bbc.co.uk/countryfile 

How to buy the 2019 Countryfile Calendar 

The 12 finalists and overall winner of the 2019 Countryfile Calendar competition will be announced on the TV show in autumn. Watch this space for more announcements and to view the beautiful photography that will feature in this year's calendar. 

Tips on how to take the winning photograph

John Craven and Cerys Matthews
Countryfile Calendar judges John Craven and Cerys Matthews hone their photography skills/Credit: BBC images

So if you want to win the Countryfile Photographic calendar competition, you’ll need to embrace this year’s theme and get out into the countryside with whatever camera you own, breathe in the air, take in the landscape, relax and start taking pictures.

Here are a few tips to get you started with taking great nature photos…

Photography tips: how to take the winning shot

Part 1: Get to know your camera

Part 2: Top tips

Part 3: Outdoor photos

 

All images credit: BBC images

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