Winning images snapped up for 2018 calendar

Thursday 13th July 2017

Nuthatch (c) John CaswellNuthatch (c) John Caswell

Scarce butterflies, frosty landscapes, rare weevils, a buzzing bumblebee and an autumnal nuthatch are some of the fantastic images that have won pride of place in an annual photography competition.

Eades Meadow (c) Ruth BourneTwelve winning images will be showcased in Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s 2018 calendar, which highlights the glory and diversity of the county’s wildlife and wild places. The front-cover image of a nuthatch was taken by Bromsgrove resident John Caswell.

Wendy Carter, organiser of the competition for the Trust, explained “We had a fantastic response to this year’s competition with more than 330 images entered by 60 photographers and we’d like to thank everyone who entered.

“Judging so many fabulous entries was really hard but we think we’ve got another beautiful calendar that really does show Worcestershire at its best whilst also celebrating the talent of our local photographers.

“All our staff get involved with voting on the long-list before external judges Jason Curtis and Pete Walkden help with the final decision.”

Snapping in the garden

Broadway sunset (c) Kate BarryThe annual competition runs from November to April each year and is open to any photographer taking images of wildlife and wildlife-friendly places across Worcestershire.

Staff at the Trust are helped in their judging by Jason Curtis of Wild about Wildlife Photography and Pete Walkden of Pete Walkden Photography, both local wildlife photographers and previous winners of the competition.

The winning images appear as full A4 pages in the conservation charity’s 2018 calendar with a further 20 photographers having their images appear as smaller insets.

Wendy continued “Over the last few competitions we’ve noticed a real increase in the number of photos that have been taken in people’s gardens, which just goes to show how we can all do a little something to help wildlife where we live.

Common carder bee in garden (c) Rosemary Morris“Watching wildlife wherever you are – whether it’s in your garden, in a local greenspace or at your nearby nature reserve – can be incredibly rewarding and exciting. Research shows that it’s good for our well-being too and photography is a great reason for people to tap into this.

“Hopefully our calendar and the competition will encourage people to help wildlife in their gardens as well as explore the wonders of nature in their neighbourhood.

“Receiving so many photographsfor the competition illustrates that we have a wildlife-rich county and that our entrants are keeping their senses alert to the unexpected and thrilling natural world.”

Public vote

Of the twelve winning images, four were put into a public vote via the Trust’s social media channels to choose the overall winner to feature on the front cover of the calendar.

Nuthatch (c) John CaswellA nuthatch at Pepper Wood near Catshill taken by John Caswell of Bromsgrove won with 55% of the vote.

John said “I was amazed when I received an e-mail to tell me that my image was one of the twelve selected for the 2018 calendar.

“I was even more surprised that it had been shortlisted for cover /overall winner; there were some superb images in the running.

“To actually have been voted for overall winner, I am over the moon! I can’t believe it - first thing I’ve ever won with one of my images.

“I love to go out with my camera and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust reserves give me the opportunity to pursue my hobby. I am really pleased that I have played a small part in raising funds for the Trust and I hope that the calendar brings lots of pleasure to many people.

“Thank you all for your votes.”

Winning images

Small pearl-bordered butterflies (c) David OliverOther winning images include a frosty dawn on Castlemorton Common, a pair of small pearl-bordered fritillaries in the Wyre Forest, sunset at Broadway and a hedgehog in Lower Broadheath.

The calendar is available to buy from the Trust’s offices or online shop now costing £7.00 each. All proceeds will directly benefit the work of the Trust to protect 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.

Jason Curtis’ images can be seen at www.wildaboutwildlife.co.uk

Pete Walkden’s images can be seen at www.petewalkden.co.uk

Both winner and runner-up photographs featured in the calendar can be viewed in the charity’s Flickr photostream

Winners

January – Castlemorton Common by Rebecca Fox

February – Swan at Avon Meadows, Pershore by Sarah Fowle

March – Cowslips at Eades Meadow by Ruth Bourne

April – Aspen leaf-rolling weevils at Trench Wood nature reserve by Lyndon Bracewell

May – Small pearl-bordered fritillaries in the Wyre Forest by David Oliver

June – Broadway sunset by Kate Barry

July – Common carder bee in garden by Rosemary Morris 

August – Hedgehog in garden by Roger King

September & overall winner – Nuthatch at Pepper Wood by John Caswell

October – Fungi on Peachfield Common by Simon Lampitt

November – The Knapp and Papermill nature reserve by Dave Butler

December – Waxwing in Worcester by Magnus McLeod