Aspiring equine photographers are invited to take part in the National Equine Forum’s (NEF) competition to find a cover star for its 2024 programme.

All amateur photographers are eligible to enter, by submitting a picture of their own horse, pony, donkey or mule, or one they have received permission to photograph. Submitted images will also be included in the BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) 2024 calendar competition on request.

“We introduced our cover star photography competition last year and it was a big hit, with some stunning images submitted,” said NEF honorary publicity officer Sarah Shephard. “We are excited about running it again this year and are looking for appealing, creative, and innovative photographs of members of your equine family to give the cover of our next programme a real wow factor. NEF is all about being ‘by the equestrian world, for the equestrian world’ and this competition is a great way to actively involve more people, in the build-up to our 2024 event.”

The winner will follow in the footsteps of miniature donkey Ziggy, and Claire Evans Watkin, who won the NEF23 competition. The winning image will feature on the programme cover for the 32nd National Equine Forum, which takes place on Thursday 7 March 2024 (#NEF24), as well as in other #NEF24 contexts.

The image should be of a horse, pony, donkey or mule (singular or multiple), or a creative headshot or other anatomical area. It can also feature the horse’s environment in the background. It should not include any image of an identifiable person.

Entrants will also be given the opportunity for their image and details to be passed to the BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) 2024 Calendar Competition. From all the winning entries, one image will be judged Best in Show and the successful entrant will receive a luxury hamper.

To enter the NEF cover star competition, and for full terms and conditions of entry, click here.

Lead image credit: Craig Payne Photography, winner of the 2022 competition.

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