Chris Packham, right, with former RSPCA chief photographer Andrew Forsyth

Packham said: ‘With school summer holidays stretching out ahead of us, the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Awards is the perfect boredom-buster for children.

‘They could win a brilliant prize for taking a photo of their favourite animal – whether that’s a shot of a snail in the garden, a portrait of the family pooch or a snap of a sheep in a field.’

The overall winner will receive a weekend photography break.

Category winners will pocket Wex Photographic vouchers, and the winners of the three age categories will get the chance to go on a photo shoot at the RSPCA centre.

Finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony, to be hosted by Packham at the Tower of London in December.

Packham adds: ‘Don’t worry, you don’t need an expensive camera to take part. If you are 18 and under, just get snapping and visit for more information about the categories and how to enter.’

The closing date is 25 August 2014.