The Equestrian Photographer of the Year is Back…

As we announced in the Spring issue of IH Magazine, the ‘Intelligent Horsemanship Equine Photographer of the Year’ competition is now live! Entry is open to all IH Members of any age, and to share the fun, members can also nominate one friend to enter, too, so have a think about who you know that would love this opportunity.

There are two categories, Youth (21 and under) and Open (22 years plus). We will select ten finalists (five from each category), all of whom will have their images printed in the IH Magazine. And the overall winner, as decided by our panel of judges, will be picked from either the Youth or Open section and crowned IH Equestrian Photographer of the Year.

There is an impressive prize fund of £500, plus the winning entries and runners up will all have their photos published in the Winter 2022 issue of the IH Magazine. Perhaps you can team up with a good friend or family member if you both would like to enter and help each other out with holding horses and spotting locations together, then both send in your best entries?


  • 1st Place – £400
  • 2nd Place – £100
  • A canvas wall print of their work

How to Enter…

The rules are very simple – your photo must include a horse (or pony, donkey, mule or other equid), and it is open to all ages. The competition is open to IH Members, plus to share the love, each IH Member can also nominate one non-member to enter too.

Email your image (as a jpeg attachment file, min 3MB) to with the subject title ‘IH Equestrian Photographer of the Year’ Include a title caption for your image and state if you are entering the Youth or Open section. Please also include your full name, address, and confirm that you are a current member of Intelligent Horsemanship, or for non-members, state the name of the IH Member who has nominated you.

  • Your photograph can be any equine scene or setting of your choosing
  • You may enter up to 3 images, and you should include your own caption for each image
  • Images may be portrait or landscape in composition, and files should be a minimum of 3MB in jpeg format

Entries close in mid-September, so use this time wisely to get out and about with your camera to give you plenty of opportunities to get your best shots. And remember, you can include up to 3 images in your entry, so if you want the freedom to try a few different styles or settings, you can.

Make Sure You Have the Best Shot at Winning…

There are so many styles of equine photography, from lifestyle portraiture to action shots; quiet, reflective moments, deeper messages or a joyful capture of a special connection. You might want to play with lighting, texture, or composition. Your key vision may be fine art, storytelling, organic and candid, or more posed and structured – your own individual take on what pleases your eye. You may already know your favoured style, but if you would like some inspiration, try Google or Pinterest with searches for different equestrian photography styles and have fun experimenting! Now is the time to make the most of the light of UK summertime, especially early in the morning or late afternoon – the so-called ‘golden hour’ just after sunrise or just before sunset, where the soft, warm light can add a magical tone to your captured image. You may have a technical DSLR camera to play with, a straightforward ‘point and shoot’ style, or simply choose to use the camera on your smartphone. And all are equally valid, as it’s the person behind the camera who provides the creativity, not the equipment!

If you have a love and understanding of horses, I always think that will shine clearly through your photos. But I offer up four little tips that may also help:

  • You might start off with a specific idea of a scene that you wish to capture. But if your horse doesn’t obediently stare wistfully into the distance or prick his ears perfectly at the camera as you’d hoped, don’t try to force it. Just go with the flow and see what the horse offers you. Those little moments as he freely moves or interacts are usually the best ones, as they are natural and relaxed, reflecting the true personality of the horse.
  • From a practical standpoint, be sure to check your background and try to avoid that random tree branch that looks like it is sticking out of your model’s head, or move your angle a couple of feet to avoid the row of wheelie bins, etc.!
  • When choosing your photos to share, ask yourself, what makes this image stand out? What might cause someone to take a second look? Will it stir some kind of emotion, somehow engage the viewer and let them into that ‘moment’ you have captured? What would your caption for that image be?
  • Finally, remember this is an Intelligent Horsemanship competition, so ensure your image fits with the ideology and is compatible with IH’s broad principles


 1. The Promoter

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

2. Eligibility

Entrants must be Members of Intelligent Horsemanship (Online Only or Online & Print membership) at the time of entry or have been nominated by an IH Member.  An IH Member may only nominate one non-member for entry and that Member’s name must be stated on the entry form.  Employees or agents of Intelligent Horsemanship ltd, their families or other persons connected with this promotion are not eligible to enter. To enter the Youth section, applicants must be aged between 16 or under at the time of entry.  The Open section is for those aged 17 years old and over. 

3. Submission Rules

Entries open 1st March 2022 and close midnight 15th September 2022.  Entries must be submitted to the email address, and images must be sent by the closing date as a jpeg file attachment, minimum 3MB.  No other file type will be accepted.  No entries will be accepted by post.  Entries submitted must be entrant’s own work.  Images that have been published elsewhere, or have previously won a UK or International competition, or are entered into a competition where the results are pending, are not eligible.  Up to 3 images may be submitted by each entrant.  Entrants must state whether they are entering the Youth or Open section, supply full name and address, title of image(s) and declare they are either a current IH Member, or if a non-member, the name of the IH Member who has nominated them.

4. Prize

The winner will be notified by email.  The title of ‘IH Equestrian Photographer of the Year 2022’ will be publicly announced on 1st December 2022 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 £400 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. Finalist and Runners Up

Up to 3 finalists photos (at the judges’ discretion) for both the Youth and Open sections will appear in the magazine article.  The winner and runner up will be selected from those finalists.  A cash prize of £100 will be awarded to the runner up.  No cash prize for other finalists.

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  IH Equestrian Photographer 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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