Panda Awards 2022 Read our Guidelines

Celebrating the Best in Natural History Storytelling

The Wildscreen Panda Awards honour the very best in natural world storytelling craft. The Panda Awards have sat at the heart of the Wildscreen Festival since they were presented at the first Festival back in 1982 and they remain the highest honour in the international wildlife film and TV industry.

The following categories are available to enter as part of the Panda Awards for Wildscreen Festival 2022:

  • Behaviour *New for 2022*
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Emerging Talent
  • Impact *New for 2022*
  • Music
  • On-Screen Talent *New for 2022*
  • Photo Story (& Emerging Talent Photo Story)
  • Producer / Director
  • Production Team
  • Scripted Narrative
  • Series
  • Sound
  • Sustainability *New for 2022*

The Panda Awards has now closed the call for entries on FilmFreeway.

Despite the global challenges of 2020, Wildscreen continued to celebrate the very best natural world storytelling, adapting to a virtual format for the first time ever and hosting online screenings for the nominated productions. 2022 will see the first ever hybrid Wildscreen Festival, ensuring the Panda Awards and the Festival are as accessible and inclusive globally, as possible.

In 2022, the Wildscreen Panda Awards is welcoming back cherished categories Behaviour and Impact as well as creating a standalone Sustainability Award and a brand new On-Screen Talent Award.

Reasons to Enter

The world renowned 'Green Oscars' of the natural history industry recognise the very best in the craft of wildlife filmmaking and photography, selected by juries of industry experts across the globe. Each category will receive 3 shortlisted nominations, who receive a certificate and laurel. The winning production will be announced at the Panda Awards Ceremony during Wildscreen Festival. Each winner will receive a bronze panda statue, winner certificate and laurel. All submissions to the Panda Awards are in the running for the coveted Golden Panda Award given to the overall best production.

How to Enter


Before submitting your work, please review our competition Rules & Guidelines. You can view them as a dynamic webpage, download as a PDF or listen to our audio guide. If you are entering our Photo Story Award, you can find advice on entering here.

Some categories require additional documents to complete the submission. Please read our Guidelines for specific advice. If you are entering our Sustainability Award, you can find a submission form here which must be emailed to 

Wildscreen · Panda Awards Terms & Conditions

We were accepting submissions of productions created since 1 March 2020 to the Panda Awards via FilmFreeway. If you have any questions about your submission, first check our FAQ page which covers the basic queries. Then please get in touch with the team at

Important Dates

  • 14 April 2022 - Regular Deadline
  • 12 May 2022 - Late Deadline (late fees occur, entries accepted at Wildscreen's discretion)
  • August 2022 - Nominees announced
  • October 2022 - Winners Announced
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