Call for Entries
9 Jan - 1 May

Wildscreen, creators of the world’s largest and most prestigious wildlife film and photo Festival has launched the 2020 Panda Awards competition, the highest honour in the global wildlife and environmental film industry. The Photo Story Panda Award returns, with National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Photography, Kathy Moran, announced as Chair of the Jury.

In 2018, the inaugural Photo Story Panda Award was introduced to recognise the craft of photography alongside that of film and cement stills within the DNA of the internationally renowned Wildscreen Festival. The wildlife industry takes global audiences to the world’s most remote, inhospitable and threatened environments, shining a spotlight on species and habitats that most will not experience. The Panda Awards celebrates the human endeavour, commitment and unique skill that it takes to tell nature’s stories.

Call for entries

Entrants have until 1 May 2020 to submit photo stories comprising of six images that have an aspect of the natural world as a central focus, with a clear and powerful narrative weaved between the images.  Early bird pricing is available until 16 February.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers worldwide, over 18 years. The judges will also be looking for exceptional emerging talent photographers, under the age of 30, which will be considered for an ‘Emerging Talent Photo Story Panda Award’.

Entries can be made via FilmFreeway at


The competition will be judged by a stellar panel of international photography professionals. The 2020 Jury will be chaired by Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine, Kathy Moran. Kathy Moran said: “Photo stories shine a spotlight on the beauty and fragility of the natural world and have huge powering in reaching hearts and changing behaviours. I am excited to discover new stories and storytellers as Chair of the Wildscreen Festival Photo Story Jury.” 


Nominees will be announced in August with the overall winner revealed at the Wildscreen Panda Awards ceremony during the Wildscreen Festival. Each of the nominated photo stories will also be featured in a large-scale outdoor photography exhibition in central Bristol, UK, in October 2020, reaching a public audience of over 45,000. Nominees will also be invited to present their work as part of the Festival programme.


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