Intelligent Horsemanship Young Equestrian Photographer of the Year Competition

  • What makes a simple photograph – an AWARD winning photograph? 
  • What image can you capture that will make a team of specialist Judges say – yes that’s the one? 
  • Can you be the person who takes that amazing photograph and becomes the Intelligent Horsemanship Young Equestrian Photographer of the Year? 

How to Enter

To enter, email your image (as a jpeg attachment file, min 3MB) to 

Please include your full name, address and date of birth.

Entries open 1st June 2018 and close midnight 15th September 2018.  Applicants must be aged between 16-25 on the closing date. Entries submitted must be entrant’s own work and not have appeared in other competitions or been published elsewhere.  

Your photograph should be on an Equestrian theme and images may be portrait or landscape in composition. Files should be a minimum of 3MB in jpeg format. Each contestant may enter up to 3 images. 

The winning photographer will have their photograph featured in the Winter Issue of the Intelligent Horsemanship magazine, receive a  £500 cash prize, a canvas wall print of the image and the opportunity to see their work publicised to an extensive audience. Full terms are conditions are shown at the bottom of the page

Good Luck!

Judges Panel

The winner will be chosen by our specialist Judges Panel made up of :

Kelly Marks

Kelly Marks, award winning show-jumper, jockey and winner of the Pro-Am Trec Championship at Royal Windsor has spent her professional life working with horses and supporting young equestrians. Author of three best selling books and founder of Intelligent Horsemanship,  her outstanding work is focused on helping horses and their humans get the most out of their relationships.  A lifetime with horses has included field-work studying feral herds in Namibia. Kelly gained the trust of a feral Namib stallion, riding him out in the desert before setting him free again. The adventure was filmed as a documentary -“Whispering the Wild” (available on Vimeo). 

Kelly knows exactly how difficult it is to find an opportunity to show people what you can do. “Nothing is as rewarding as seeing young people succeed, which is why I am launching this competition”

Lucy Sewill

Established as a photographer of major British celebrities with work in the National Portrait Gallery, exhibited and published worldwide. Her usual focus is on Rock stars, Celebrities,Royals and Politicians.  But she is also rooted in her love for horses, having owned and cared for them for 30 years.  She was an advanced Endurance competitor with her horse Nutcracker and competed with her in International FEI rides. She has branched into equine photography with her most personal of projects ‘Horses & Humans’ which was published as a book last year. It explores visually all that is possible in the horse/human relationship.

Sophie Callahan

‘Specialist UK equine portrait photographer and country lifestyle blogger’, Sophie Callahan has been a photographer for ten years and exclusively photographing horses for the past six years. A rider since she was just three years old, Sophie lives in Essex and travels the country creating beautiful images for humans who adore their horses, capturing the bond and connection they share with one another, on camera.’

Angela Hobbs

In a school essay entitled “What do you want to be when you grow up”, Angela wrote why she wanted to be a Judge, “I dreamt of standing in a courtroom, making passionate pleas, winning every case.”   It’s good to understand that things don’t always turn out the way we want them to – sometimes they work out better.   In 2017 she became a volunteer Judge for The Design Council, reviewing  amazing business pitches from innovative start-ups and helping to decide which one had the qualities, strengths and impact to succeed.  Angela rode from an early age, but it was Kelly Marks who taught her to ride racehorses and trained her to cope with the challenges of a 14 day riding holiday across the Mongolian Steppes.

Ele Milwright

IH’s own ‘PR dept’ and self-described enthusiastic amateur photographer, Ele takes many of the photos of Kelly Marks and Monty Roberts that appear in adverts and magazines, including IH Magazine.  Her favourite subjects to photograph are horses and dogs, and with 3 horses and 5 dogs at her South Wiltshire home she gets plenty of practice!  (See Ele’s ‘Guide to equine photography made easy’ in IH Magazine issue Autumn 2015 on the online magazine archive in the Members Area at )


 1. The Promoter

The Promoter is Intelligent Horsemanship Ltd, Lethornes, Upper Lambourn, Berks RG17 8QP.

2. Eligibility

The Young IH Equestrian Photographer of the Year Award is only open to persons aged 16-25 on the closing date of 15th September 2018. Employees or agents of Intelligent Horsemanship ltd, their families or other persons connected with this promotion are not eligible to enter.

3. Submission Rules

Entries must be submitted by the email address, in the format specified by the closing date.  No entries will be accepted by post.  Images (including similar images taken from the same series of photographs) that have previously won a national or international award, or are entered into a competition where the results are pending, are not eligible for entry.  Up to 3 images may be submitted by each entrant.

4. Prize

The winner will be notified by email.  The title of ‘Young IH Equestrian Photographer of the Year 2018’will be publicly announced on 1st December 2018 in the IH Magazine and via social media.  The image will appear in a double page spread in that issue of the magazine, along with a short interview with the winner.  A cash prize of £500 and canvas wall art print of the winning image will also be awarded, along with a certificate.  Alternative timing at the promoter’s discretion.

5. Runners Up

Up to two runners up photos (at the judges’ discretion) will also appear in the magazine article.  No cash prize for runners up.

6. Competition Judging

The judges’ decision is final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.

7. Copyright and Permissions

You warrant that the entry is entirely your own work and not copied or adapted from any other source.  You retain all rights you have in the copyright.  All content submitted to Young IH EquestrianPhotographer of the Year may be published by Intelligent Horsemanship Ltd in print and/or digital media (including social media pages) on a worldwide, perpetual basis.  Please do not enter any content if you do not agree to these terms.

8. Liability

The promoter is excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to the winner arising from his or her acceptance of the conditions or the prize.  The entrant will indemnify the Promoter for all liabilities, including legal costs, in relation to any action or complaint taken by any third party against the Promoter in relation to the entrant’s photograph(s).

9. General

The promoter reserves the right to amend these Terms & Conditions.  These Terms & Conditions shall be governed by English Law.  When a photo is submitted and the entry date has passed, the entry cannot be changed or withdrawn.  Entry to the competition shall be deemed full and unconditional acceptance of the terms and conditions.

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