Behind the scenes: 'Street Cats' photography competition judging

Photography competition entries

Over the past five years our annual photography competitions have collectively attracted over 10,000 entries from across the globe. Each year staff from iCatCare have the privileged but difficult task of whittling down the entries to just twelve winners.

Over 2,100 fantastic entries from photographers in 56 different countries were sent in to this year’s ‘Street Cats’ photography competition and the judges were looking for images which captured the character of these amazing cats surviving without owners and reflected the reality of a life on the streets, in order to inspire change and raise awareness of the plight of street cats.

The judging panel, which included iCatCare’s Chief Executive Claire Bessant, who has judged the charity’s photography competitions over the past five years, were overwhelmed by the standard of the images submitted and by their accompanying stories.

Eve Davies, who ran this year’s ‘Street Cats’ photography competition and last year’s ‘Cat Naps’ photography competition, said ‘Though picking the winners is always hard, it’s a testament to the high quality of the entries we receive. It can be a difficult job but it’s hugely rewarding because of all the wonderful photographs that we find for our annual iCatCare charity calendar.’

Each judge reviewed the photographs and marked their favourite images and from this shortlist the twelve winners were finally chosen after much debate.

The twelve winners will be revealed on Friday 2nd June at 10am (BST) so keep an eye on your email inbox and on our social media accounts!

All twelve winners will each receive a certificate, copies of the 2018 calendar their image will feature in and a selection of iCatCare merchandise. Winners will also be invited to attend iCatCare’s annual awards event in London, UK, on 14 July 2017, where the overall winner, who will receive £500 in prize money and whose image will grace the front cover of the calendar will be announced. 

Don’t despair if you’re not one of the twelve winners announced as our public vote for the 13th winner, whose image will appear in the ‘Street Cats’ calendar next to the dates for 2019 will then begin. More details on when and how you can vote for the 13th winner will also be announced on Friday 2nd June at 10am (BST).

If you have any questions regarding the competition, please email

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