Countryfile Calendar Competition – what happens next?

This year's Countryfile Calendar Photo Competition is now closed for entries – so how do they pick a winner?

22nd July 2016
Photographer capturing starlings at dawn

Did you enter this year's Countryfile Calendar Competition? If so, you probably want to know what happens next. 

The competition closed at midnight on 22 July – but now comes the difficult part – it's quite a major judging process to find the 12 finalists and then the overall winner.

First a panel of experts goes through the tens of thousands of entries, whittling it down to a shortlist of perhaps 2000-3000.

On 1 August, these selected images then go before the main judging panel. This is chaired by John Craven and includes Deborah Meaden from Dragons Den, comedian Rhona Cameron and wildlife film-maker and photographer Simon King.

The 12 winners that the judges select will be announced on Countryfile on Sunday 28 August and the vote opens for the public to chose an overall winner. This will be unveiled on the show on 2 October and the Countryfile Calendar 2017 will go on sale.

We'll keep you up to date with developments at 



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