Photo competition deadline looms

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Long-tailed tit (c) Mark RobertsLong-tailed tit (c) Mark Roberts

There are just a few weeks left for photographers to enter a popular photography competition.

Little owl (c) Magnus McLeodAn eleven year old from Worcester won the overall prize of having his picture of a little owl in a tree on the front cover of the Trust’s 2017 calendar. The competition, run by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, aims to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Worcestershire’s wildlife and wild places.

Wendy Carter, communications manager for the Trust, explained “We’re really looking forward to seeing what this year’s competition brings.

“We normally have more than 250 photos entered from at least 50 individuals and judging can be really tough. But it’s great to see that people are enjoying being out and about in our wonderful county and it’s lovely to see the variety of wildlife and wild places that inspire them.

“Over the last few years, the number of photos of wildlife taken in people’s gardens has increased, which is great to see – not only are people helping and enjoying wildlife where they live but it means that you don’t have to go far to take a winning image.”

Striking images of wildlife

Bullfinch (c) Bas YatesPhotographs must have been taken in Worcestershire and the judges will be looking for striking images that engage the viewer with the wildlife or the spaces that wildlife calls home.

All staff at the Trust are involved with the judging stages and the Trust is also joined by two experienced wildlife photographers, both previous winners of the competition, to help with the judging process.

Jason Curtis of Far Forest has twice won the coveted front cover and offers talks, experiences and workshops on request.

Pete Walkden has recently given up his job to become a full-time professional wildlife photographer and guide.

Wendy continued “You don’t need to have fantastic photographic equipment; this is about spotting wildlife where you least expect it or being patient while you wait for that magical wildlife encounter...with your camera close at hand.

Snowy Warndon (c) Roger Wylde“Several of the previous winning images have been taken on compact or phone cameras and within walking distance of the home. What wildlife is in your neighbourhood?

“Our nature reserves provide stepping stones for wildlife across the county but most people enjoy watching ‘their’ wildlife on their doorstep.

“Whether a bee or a bird, wildflowers or blossom, a wildlife-friendly garden or a hidden wild place, we’re looking for images that inspire and enthuse as well as reflect the glory of Worcestershire’s natural world.”

Winning photographs

Glistening inkcaps (c) Dave Merry12 winning photographs will feature as A4 images in the 2018 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 as well as offering the opportunity for photographers to have their work showcased across Worcestershire and further afield.

The closing date is Monday 10th April 2017 and entry forms can be downloaded from our photography competition page.

Information about and photographs by the external judges can be found at:

Jason Curtis
Pete Walkden

Winning and runner’s up images from previous competitions can be seen at the Trust’s Flickr Photostream

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