Home Alone meets camera traps in this fun video

Every year, I find myself hiding away my annual-festivity-presents, and I do sometimes wonder... Is anyone going to start looking for them? The other day, on the bus, I found myself day-dreaming about what it might look like if you did a Home Alone-style set of camera traps.

So imagine my surprise when I was sent this video:

Yep, that's right, that's those photographic wizards over at Triggertrap, using their Triggertrap Mobile app and dongle to capture a set of would-be Christmas present sleuths in action. Great idea, and I'll definitely be playing more with camera traps in the upcoming months!

Now if only Father Christmas would bring me one of their Triggertrap Mobile kits...

BBC Wildlife Magazine's Camera-trap Photo of the Year competition is open

Anyone who uses camera-traps to create images of wild animals, or uses camera-traps as part of their research into wild animals, the BBC, its Wildlife Magazine, and sponsors Lowepro, have a competition for you. It's the 2014 BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera-trap Photo of the Year competition.

The competition has been designed with both field researchers and amateurs in mind. It's split into two divisions: Camera-trap Research Project of the Year and Camera-trap Photo of the Year, each with three categories. It's rather pleasing to see photography as a tool, as well as the gorgeous images that it's capable of creating, being honoured simultaneously.

Winner of the 2013 Animal Portraits category: Linda Kerley/Amur Tiger Conservation in Lazovskii Zapovednik and Adjacent Areas – ZSL, Russian Far East

Camera-trap Research Project of the Year

This division is open exclusively to research projects that make use of camera-traps. Images can be submitted to one of three categories:

  • New behaviour: Images taken during the course of research that show behaviour never before recorded
  • New reach: Images taken during research that show a species never photographed before outside its known range
  • Rare species: Images taken during research that show a species that is rarely seen or never photographed in the wild

The winners of each of these categories will go forward to be judged for the title of Camera-trap Research Project of the Year and a £3,000 prize.

The judges will be selecting their winner based on the quality of the research and the importance of the images to the piece of research.

Camera-trap Photo of the Year

If you're not trying to track rare species of frog in South America or look for socialisation traits in South East Asian primates, but just like photographing the badgers in your garden, you've still a chance to put your images up for judging into one of these three categories:

  • Animal portraits: like any good portrait, images should capture the character or spirit of their subject
  • Animal Behaviour: A compelling image that shows interesting or unusual behaviour
  • British Wildlife: Amazing images that capture the spirit and behaviour of British wildlife

The winners of these categories will see their images published in the December 2014 issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine and on the BBC Wildlife Magazine website, and will receive a Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L camera pack, worth £122. Then they'll go on to compete for the title Camera-trap Photographer of the Year.

The closing date for entries is 30 June 2014, and all photos must be submitted online. As always, please do read the rules and terms and conditions before submitting any photos. You can find those, together with entry details, on the Discover Wildlife website.