Photography competition deadline

Thursday 7th March 2019

Brown hare (c) Gill SmithBrown hare (c) Gill Smith

Garden birds, wildflowers, bumblebees, wild landscapes. Photographers have until Monday 8th April to enter a popular competition.

Crab spider (c) Anne RothinWorcestershire Wildlife Trust’s annual wildlife photography competition regularly attracts images taken by more than 50 photographers. It celebrates the wonder and diversity of Worcestershire’s wildlife and wild places.

Twelve winning photographs feature as A4 images in the charity’s calendar with one of the twelve being voted as the overall winner by the public. A further 24 images taken by the runner’s-up feature as smaller insets.

Wendy Carter, Communications Lead for the Trust, explained “Entries for the competition have already started to arrive and we always get excited around this time of year in anticipation of what fabulous photos we’ll find when we start looking through them.

Avenue of trees (c) Peter Forster“We’re looking forward to seeing stunning images of some of our most well-loved and least-seen wildlife each year; we’re never disappointed. It does, however, make choosing the winners a difficult task!”

Judges look for striking images that engage the viewer and make them think differently about the wild things that we share our county with.

Last year’s winning image, taken by Gillian Smith who lives near Tenbury Wells, was of a brown hare amongst spiders webs and dancing midges.

Wonders of Worcestershire's wildlife

Starlings in boot (c) Bas YatesPhotographs must have been taken in Worcestershire and should be either of wildlife species or of some of the county’s many wildlife-friendly places.

Wendy continued “It’s always great to see so many photos taken in people’s gardens, which shows just how much people are helping wildlife on their own patch and how important these spaces can be for our wildlife.

“Whether you’re using your garden as your own private nature reserve or heading into the countryside, watching wildlife is really enjoyable.”

All Trust staff judge an anonymised long-list of images, which are whittled down to a short-list judged by a smaller team that includes two experienced wildlife photographers and previous winners of the competition.

Pete Walkden, Pete Walkden Photography, of Kings Norton is a professional wildlife photographer and guide that offers workshops in the local area. Jason Curtis, Wyre Wildlife Photography, of Far Forest offers talks, experiences and workshops on request.

Magical wild encounters

Cobwebs (c) Lesley BettsWendy added “The competition isn’t about who has the best kit - previous winners have taken images on compact and phone cameras – it’s about experiencing magical wild encounters with a camera close at hand.

“From bees to wildflowers, gardens to nature reserves, we’re looking for photos that inspire, enthuse and reflect the wonders of Worcestershire’s natural world.”

The popular calendar raises funds for the Trust’s conservation work and offers the opportunity for photographers to have their work showcased across Worcestershire and further afield. Images are also considered for use across the Trust’s range of greetings and Christmas cards.

The closing date is Monday 8th April 2018 and entry forms can be downloaded from www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/photography-competition

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

Montage of winning photos