Photo comp winners announced

Thursday 30th July 2015

Blue tit (c) Pete CheshireBlue tit (c) Pete Cheshire

A starling sunset, a smiling frog, beautiful meadows and frosty leaves are just four of the fantastic winning images in Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s annual photography competition.

2016 calendar back coverThe twelve winning images will be showcased in the conservation charity’s 2016 calendar that will celebrate the beauty and diversity of Worcestershire. More than 320 images by 62 photographers were entered into the popular competition, launched in November last year.

Wendy Carter, Communications Manager for the Trust, explained “Judging this year seemed harder than ever – there are some super photographers across Worcestershire.

“We’re again thrilled by the quantity and quality of images and are really grateful to external judge and twice a previous overall winner, Jason Curtis, for his help in whittling down the entries.

“We think we’ve got yet another beautiful calendar that demonstrates what a great county we live in and will hopefully take pride of place on people’s walls.”

Worcestershire's amazing wildlife

Starling sunset (c) Gary LawsonThe competition was open to any photographer who took images of wildlife and wild places across Worcestershire. Many of the entries, and several of the winners, illustrate just how much wildlife can be found in gardens as well as in the wider landscape.

The Trust hopes that the competition encourages people to explore the wonders of the natural world in their local area.

The winning images feature as full A4 pages in the 2016 calendar and 17 runner’s-up will have their images as insets alongside the dates.

Tawny owls (c) Bas YatesWendy continued “Worcestershire is a very diverse county with lots of fantastic wildlife. Both the winning and runner’s-up photos illustrate that the ‘every day’ wildlife can be just as exciting as the rare – and go to show how important our gardens can be for many species of wildlife.

“It’s really heartening to have entries from so many people – it shows just how important and inspiring our wildlife and countryside are to so many people.”

Online poll

Green-winged orchid (c) Robin CouchmanFour of the images were selected for an online poll for the Trust’s Facebook and Twitter fans to choose the overall winner. A blue tit in an autumnal Great Witley garden taken by Pete Cheshire received just over 51% of the votes cast and will be the calendar’s front cover.

Pete commented "I am really thrilled to have one this competition.

“Twenty years ago I came second in a national photography competition; I won a camera and a driving experience.

“Winning the Worcestershire Wildlife competition means a lot more to me. It's not about the prize, it's about supporting a worthy and worthwhile cause.

Common frog (c) Betsy Digger“I was over the moon to be shortlisted for the cover and when I saw the other three images, I did not expect to win; all three of them were the sort of image where I said "I wish I took that".

"I didn't even vote for my own image but one of the others! So when I was informed of the result I was surprised to say the least but I feel it is an honour and a privilege to be on the cover of the Trust's calendar and hope it sells very well, bringing in lots of funds for this great charity."

External judge, Jason Curtis, of Wild about Wildlife photography, said “Once again, the entries have exceeded our expectations; the variety of subjects and the high standard of each image have made judging very challenging.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people are getting out there and engaging with the natural world and using photography as a medium to share experiences. Keep it up!”

Calendar available to buy

The calendar is available to buy from the Trust’s offices or online shop costing £7.00 each. All proceeds will directly benefit the conservation of Worcestershire’s wildlife and wild places.

Photographers can stay in touch with the Trust online through their active Flickr group, Facebook page and Twitter account.


Photographs featured in the calendar can be viewed in the charity’s Flickr photostream.

January – Starling sunset, Avon Meadows Community Wetland (Gary Lawson, Pershore)

Snowy tree, Powick (c) Nigel HootonFebruary – Tree in snow, Powick (Nigel Hooton, Worcester)

March – Common frog, Stourbridge garden (Betsy Digger, Stourbridge)

April – Tawny owlets, Inkberrow (Bas Yates, Inkberrow)

May – Green-winged orchid, Eades Meadow nature reserve (Robin Couchman, Droitwich Spa)

June – Common spotted orchids, Malvern Common (Tony Hughes, Malvern)

July – Mandarin duck, Dowles Brook (Joe Turner, Bewdley)

Poplar hawk-moth (c) Graham WilkesAugust – Poplar hawk-moth, Lickey End (Graham Wilkes, Lickey End)

September – Brown-lipped hedge snail, Redditch (Ian Geddes, Redditch)

October (& overall) – Blue tit, Great Witley (Pete Cheshire, Great Witley)

November – Frosty leaves, Piper’s Hill nature reserve (Rosemary Morris, Inkberrow)

December – Redwing, Hartlebury (Pete Walkden, Kings Norton)

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