The first of these annual awards was in 1976 and the winning photographer, M. C. Wilkes, was presented with a cheque for £100 and an engraved salver by Sir Peter Scott at a press conference in London (Brit. Birds 70: 133-136, 310-311). The 1977 award will be marked by a similar ceremony, with the presentation made by a well-known personality. The winning photograph, and perhaps some of the runners-up, will be published in British Birds, and entries are accepted on this understanding. Up to three photographs (colour transparencies or black-and-white prints), each taken during 1977, may be submitted. They will be judged on interest and originality, as well as on technical excellence. Preference will be given to photographs taken in Britain or Ireland, but those of species on the British and Irish list taken elsewhere are also eligible.