By Camille Augustin —

There are many photography awards that any photographer who seeks to attach the title to their name brings their A-game to the competition. These awards are just that; competitive. But some photography award contests stand out more than others.

The Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is one of those emulous contests, not just for its name but also for its legacy The competition has been going strong for forty-eight years and aims to display the best of the best in nature photography.

Being hailed as one of the biggest wildlife competitions, people globally are able to participate. Professionals are not the only ones allowed to submit, amateurs are more than welcomed. In addition to the wildlife category, there is a young wildlife section for ages 10 and under and 11 to 17. For the 2012-year over 48,000 applicants participated, ranging from over 98 countries! The creators of this award are the Natural History Museum in London, England and the BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Crossing from the UK over to the States, five Americans “have been awarded commended or specially commended” in the award competition. Those photographers are: Ralph Arwood, Jenny E. Ross, David Hall, Joe Sulik, and Robert Sinclair. Their photographs will be displayed in the Natural History Museum and then embark on an international tour.

The overall winner will be announced in October 2012. Last year’s winner was Daniel Beltra for his picture capturing a group of pelicans covered in oil as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill titled “Still Life in Oil.”