Bug Photography Awards 2021

£20,000 of prizing to give away including £5,000 in cash


After a fabulous first edition, the Bug Photography Awards are back for their second year, and this time we’re proud to have Buglife as our title partner, in support of their vital invertebrate conservation work.

The 2020 awards saw over 5,000 images submitted, 652 of which were shortlisted across the 11 categories. The winning images caught the imagination of the world’s press, and were featured in publications such as National Geographic, the Guardian, and the New Scientist.

Photographs of any species of invertebrate taken anywhere in the world are eligible for entry. There are 9 subject categories:

• Arachnids
• Beetles
• Dragonflies and Mayflies
• Flies, Bees, Ants and Wasps
• Butterflies and Moths
• Snails and Slugs
• All The Other Bugs
• Extreme Close-up
• Bug Homes


£20,000 of prizing to give away including £5,000 in cash, and once again bug photographers will be competing for the prestigious title of the Buglife Bug Photographer of the Year 2021. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been shooting.

• The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £2,500.
• 1st place in all categories will win a £250 GBP cash prize.


Photographers of any age and nationality can enter the 9 main subject categories. The Young Bug Photographer contest is only open to those who’ll be 13-17 years old on 5th September 2021.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

All imagery MUST be the exclusive work of the submitting photographer and may not include any element that is the copyright of another. The Copyright for each image entered will remain with the submitting photographer. By entering the Bug Photography Awards and submitting your photograph(s), you hereby grant Photocrowd Ltd, Buglife and the awards sponsors a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to use your photograph(s) for any purpose connected with the Bug Photography Awards, including (but not limited to), promoting the Awards within printed and online media, the inclusion within printed and digital versions of any Awards book, the inclusion within printed and digital versions of any Awards calendar or other merchandise, display at exhibitions, use in press, promotional and marketing materials, social media networks and for the promotion of any future photographic competition in both print and online media.