Photography competition

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Common frog (c) Betsy DiggerCommon frog (c) Betsy Digger

Time is running out for local photographers to enter a popular photo competition.

Common spotted orchids on Malvern Common (c) Tony HughesThe competition is run each year by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, who is looking for images that celebrate the wonder and diversity of Worcestershire’s wildlife and wild places. Winning photos will feature in the Trust’s 2017 calendar.

Wendy Carter, communications manager for the Trust, explained “This is all about putting Worcestershire’s wildlife and beautiful countryside in the frame.

“We have entries from photographers across the county; last year more than 60 photographers entered more than 320 images for us to enjoy.

“The quality of photos is always very impressive and we’re fortunate to have two excellent photographers to help us judge the winners; we’re joined by previous winners Jason Curtis and Pete Walkden, both of whom are experienced wildlife photographers.”

Worcestershire's wonderful wildlife

Tawny owlets (c) Bas YatesPhotographs entered must have been taken in Worcestershire. The judges are looking for engaging images that highlight the wonderful wildlife across the county as well as the places that wildlife calls home.

Wendy continued “With every competition, we’re noticing that people are more tuned in to wildlife in their own garden – not just on our nature reserves or in the wider countryside.

“Last year’s winning images included four taken in gardens and several taken within walking distance of people’s homes. It just goes to show that not only can we all do something to help wildlife on our own patch but also that wildlife can be all around us if we take the time to look for it.”

Judging by wildlife photographers

Poplar hawk-moth (c) Graham WilkesJason Curtis of Far Forest will be joining staff for the third year running in helping to judge the entries. Jason has previously won the coveted front cover and has run photography workshops for the Trust.

Pete Walkden is joining as a judge for the first time this year. Pete is also a previous winner of the front cover and has recently become a full-time wildlife photographer.

Wendy added “We live in a wonderful county with fascinating wildlife and beautiful countryside. Our nature reserves provide stepping stones for wildlife to move through the landscape but most people enjoy watching wildlife right on their doorstep.

“It doesn’t matter where someone enjoys wildlife, we’d encourage them to keep a camera close to hand to make sure they can capture any action.

“Whether a bird or a beetle, a patch of wildflowers or an orchard full of blossom, a wildlife-friendly garden or a hidden wild place, we’re looking for the inspiring and eye-catching images that reflect the splendour of Worcestershire’s natural world.”

Popular calendar

Starling sunset in Pershore (c) Gary Lawson12 winning photographs will feature as A4 images in the 2017 calendar, with one lucky photographer taking the prized front cover. Images are also considered for the Trust’s range of greetings and Christmas cards.

The popular calendar raises funds for the Trust’s conservation work across the county as well as offering the opportunity for photographers to have their work showcased across Worcestershire and further afield.

The closing date is Monday 11th April 2016 and entry forms can be downloaded from our Photography Competition page.

Winning and runner’s up images from previous competitions can be seen in our Flickr Photostream

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