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Countryfile Photographic Competition 2013 public vote

Voting opens during Countryfile on 1st September 2013 (currently scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One from 19:00) and closes at 23:59 on 8th September 2013.

Voting is by telephone or through our website The numbers for each photograph will be given out during the programme and are available online.

Vote lines and the website vote are opened and closed at the times specified on the programme. Please do not call before the lines open or after the lines have closed as your vote will not be counted, but you may still be charged. Please be aware voting times may change. Please do not attempt to vote on the website outside the announced voting times, as the voting will be disabled.

If you were directed here by watching Countryfile on iPlayer, following through a website or any other time shift or catch up service you should not vote since the lines may have closed.

Call charges

Premium rate number: 09011 98 

Each Phone Vote Costs 10p from a BT landline. Other Networks may vary. Calls from mobiles will be considerably higher.

Network Cost
O2 80 pence per call
Orange 125 pence per call
T-Mobile 75 pence per call
Vodafone 60 pence per call
3 Mobile 110 pence per call
Virgin 41 pence per call

This table is provided for indicative purpose only. Information provided by mobile network operators 28/08/2013. For up to date information it is always advisable to check direct with your network operator.

Please read the terms and conditions before casting your vote.

Terms & conditions for voters

Phone voters must obtain permission from the bill payer before voting and phone voters under the age of 16 should obtain parent/guardian consent before voting. Make sure you carefully dial only the number of the photograph you wish to vote for.

Online voting requires viewers to log into the page with their BBC iD. More information on BBC iD can be found here at

Voting is only open to individuals as consumers calling from the UK or voting online from the UK, and not to any agencies, businesses and/or companies. Voters may only vote up to 5 times from the same telephone number. Voters may only vote up to 5 times form the same BBC iD account.

The BBC reserves the right to disqualify votes if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred or if it is considered that there has been any deliberate attempt to manipulate the result. The BBC can only guarantee that votes individually entered directly through the telephone numbers promoted on the programme will count. We reserve the right to cancel, suspend or alter voting at any time and substitute an alternative method of selection at our absolute discretion.

The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any telephone network or line, system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any vote being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Please note that you cannot vote by email, red button, or text.

The voting in this programme accords with the BBC's Code of Conduct for Competitions and Voting, which can be found on BBC's Standards and Guidelines website at

Please note that if you are directly connected in any way with the production of the programme, the provision of telephony services or online voting services to the programme you are not eligible to vote.

The vote results will be independently verified.

The BBC will only ever use your telephone number for the purposes of processing refunds or investigating possible voting irregularities and will not publish or provide it to anyone without permission, except where required for enforcement of these terms. You can read more about the BBC Privacy Policy here

Terms & conditions for photographers

1. The title of the BBC Countryfile Photographic Competition 2013 is “Our Living Landscape”. The theme is open to individual interpretation but entries must have the countryside or the natural world at their heart. You might choose to photograph British wildlife, plant life (anything from trees to fungi) or just take beautiful shots of British scenery (anywhere that is natural or rural – from the coast to the mountains). Photographs of farm life, including farm animals will be accepted.

However, photos of domestic animals (ie pets), zoo animals and cultivated plants are not eligible. Images of British wildlife in captivity must be declared as such. The BBC’s decision as to the eligibility of individual photographs will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

2. Photographs entered must be taken in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

3. Entrants can submit up to four photos in total as prints, in colour or black and white. Electronic images cannot be accepted. Images must be at least as large as a standard postcard. (At least 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches or 9cm by 14cm)

4. Countryfile is aware that digital photography does allow for some image enhancement. You can enter images that have had spots, scratches or other blemishes removed. You can have worked on the colour or enhance the image for the sake of the composition. You can also crop the image to improve composition.

We will not accept composite images - entries that stitch two or more separate photographs together to make one image, or entries that superimpose elements photographed separately onto an image.

We want you to stay faithful to the spirit of the competition, and never deceive the viewer or misrepresent the aspect of nature being portrayed. BBC Countryfile and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.

5. The competition is open to UK residents only (including residents of the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). Employees of BBC Worldwide or the BBC, as well as their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Entrants under the age of 12 years need to have parent or guardian consent to enter.

6. Entrants must not be professional photographers. For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs. 

7. Entrants must mark each photo with their name, address, contact telephone number (both daytime and evening).

8. The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering the scheme. Please see the BBC’s Privacy Policy:

9. Entries should be sent to: Countryfile Photographic Competition, BBC Bristol, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2LR.

10. The competition closes at midnight on Friday 26th July. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

The BBC cannot accept any responsibility for any problem with the postal service which may result in any entry being lost or delayed. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

Entries will not be returned so please remember to keep a copy. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on any entry will be provided.

11. All photographs will be judged on the following criteria:

• Composition

• Technical ability

• Originality

• Commercial appeal

• Suitability for inclusion in a calendar

12. The photographs will be judged through the following process:

Stage One

A judging panel comprised of previous finalists of the Countryfile photographic competition will review all entries and select a long-list of approximately 3,000 photographs, based on the above criteria.

Stage Two

A second panel of judges will then review all the entries on the long-list and select the 12 best based on the above criteria. The panel will also select their overall favourite.

Each of the shortlisted entrants will be contacted by a member of the BBC production team within a week of judging which is scheduled for August 1st or 2nd 2013.

If after reasonable attempts a shortlisted entrant cannot be contacted, the BBC reserves the right to offer the place on the shortlist to the next best entry. 

Stage Three – The Public Vote

All 12 finalists will be featured on the ‘Countryfile’ programme on BBC1 and the audience will be asked to vote for their favourite. The overall winner will be the entry which receives the most votes in a public vote. Details of how the public can vote, and the rules of the voting, will be published on the Countryfile website and on the programme.

13. The prize will consist of £1,000 worth of photography vouchers from an outlet selected by the winner. The entry selected as the overall favourite by the judges will also receive £500 worth of photography vouchers from an outlet selected by the entrant. The prizes are as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives. The judges favourite and the overall winner can be the same photograph – in which case the winning photographer will receive both prizes.

14. The finalists (together with a further fourteen photographs to be selected from the entrants by the judges and/or the BBC) shall appear in the Countryfile Calendar 2014, to be sold in aid of the BBC Children in Need Appeal. The finalists’ photos may also be published in the BBC Countryfile Magazine.

15. In the event of a technical problem or evidence of impropriety with regard to the viewers’ vote, the judges shall have the final decision. If the viewers' vote results in a tie, the judges shall have the casting vote. The judges' decisions will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.

16. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Where an individual or a residential property, belonging to someone other than the photographer are featured, the photographer must seek permission and be prepared to provide written consent, if requested. Further, entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.

17. We are looking for original photographs, so entries must not have won any competition prize previously or have been commended.

18. Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to the BBC. By entering the competition all entrants grant to the BBC the right to publish and exhibit their photographs on television and on the BBC’s website. Entrants whose photographs are one of the finalists or selected to appear in the Countryfile Calendar 2014 pursuant to paragraph 11 above grant to the BBC (including BBC Worldwide and other publishers authorised by the BBC) the further rights to publish and exhibit their photographs in print, on their respective websites or in any other media. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Entrants whose photographs are one of the finalists also agree to take part in post-competition publicity. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every broadcast use of the photographs will include the photographers' names. Entrants must ensure that the photograph is not used to publicise or promote companies, individuals, organisations or causes – other than Children In Need, BBC Countryfile (including the photographic competition, the calendar and any associated BBC promotions) and the winning photographer themself – until the 1st January 2015.

19. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and the BBC reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if the BBC has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.

20. The BBC reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

21. If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, the BBC reserves the right to either offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.

22. These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales. This competition is administered by the BBC.

23. The BBC’s code of conduct for competitions applies to this competition. You can read more about it here:

24. Please take your photos responsibly. Here’s some information that should help:

Photography application forms (Natural England)

The Countryside Code (Natural England)

Nature Photographers' Code of Practice (The Royal Photographers Society)