North East Wildlife Photography Competition 2013

Posted on 26th July 2012

A flyer with all the details can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley Wildlife Trusts have joined forces with the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) and the Great North Museum: Hancock to launch a brand new photography competition.
The competition is now open for entries and it’s your chance to win a prestigious award and some great prizes, including the first prize of £250! All winners and runners-up will be showcased at the Great North Museum: Hancock and on tour around the region.
Competition categories

A maximum of five images can be entered, which must be captured in the north-east of England. Entrants must state which competition category they are entering and can submit more than one image per category. The closing date for entries is Thursday 31 January 2013.

Wildlife portraits – photos that capture the character, essence or traits of a species
Wildlife behaviour – photos that capture interesting, funny or amazing behaviour
Wildlife in the landscape – photos that show wildlife in its habitat, landscape or setting
Botanical – photos of plants, fungi and lichens
Young person’s – photos of flora and fauna taken by anyone aged 16 or under

Prizes

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, with some wonderful prizes on offer:
Overall Winner

£250 and Opticron IS 60 ED digiscoping kit for DSLR cameras (comprising IS 60 scope, 17x eyepiece, photoadaptor and T-mount, worth £450)
Young Person’s category

1st prize: Opticron Savanna WP 8×30 binocular (worth £99)
Runner-up prize: Savanna ’54 8×23 compact binocular (worth £79)
Other Prizes


Leadership needed for nature’s recovery

Posted on 17th July 2012

One year on from the publication of the Natural Environment White Paper, The Wildlife Trusts welcome the Efra Select Committee report into the White Paper, published today.

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said: “We agree with the Committee that leadership from the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, along with the Cabinet Office, is essential if Government is to fulfil its desire to be the ‘greenest government ever’. It is particularly encouraging that the Committee has recognised the importance of nature to our lives and the economy. A fundamental part of that is the successful delivery of the Natural Environment White Paper.

Though progress has been made on delivery of some White Paper commitments, The Wildlife Trusts share the Committee’s concerns that Defra has not published an overarching action plan for delivery of the Natural Environment White Paper’s aims and commitments.

The Wildlife Trusts welcome the conclusion within the Efra Select Committee report that Defra should use the pilot stage for Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) to clarify their specific objectives. However, Paul Wilkinson added: “The current priority should be for Nature Improvement Areas to be part and parcel of the planning system. They should be included in every new Local Plan and be identified as part of local ecological networks everywhere across England. We will keep up pressure on the Government to deliver against its vision to secure nature’s recovery.”

The Wildlife Trusts initiated the call for a White Paper in the run up to the last election believing that the time had come for the state to show leadership in securing nature’s recovery. In addition, following on from the publication of the National Ecosystem Assessment, it has called for the integration of the value of the natural environmental across Government policy and decision-making.

Contact information:

Anna Guthrie (Media & PR Manager)


Show us the best of the Region’s wildlife

Posted on 9th July 2012

Three north-east Wildlife Trusts – Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley have joined forces with the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) and the Great North Museum: Hancock to launch a brand new photography competition.

The competition, which has Nestlé Fawdon as the main competition sponsor, with Opticron and Hawk’s Head Photography providing prizes for category winners, will be a wonderful opportunity for entrants to showcase the best of the Region’s wildlife.

There are five competition categories to enter:

• Wildlife portraits – photos that capture the character, essence or traits of a species
• Wildlife behaviour – photos that capture interesting, funny or amazing behaviour
• Wildlife in the landscape photos that show wildlife in its habitat, landscape or setting
• Botanical: photos of plants, fungi and lichens
• Young person’s – photos of flora and fauna taken by anyone aged 16 or under

A maximum of five images can be entered in total; entrants must state which competition category they are entering and can submit more than one image per category. The closing date for entries is midnight, Thursday 31 January 2013.

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, with some wonderful prizes on offer, including £250 and an Opticron IS 60 ED digiscoping kit for DSLR cameras for the overall winner. The competition is open to entrants outside of the North East, but only photographs taken in the region will be eligible.

In March 2013, the winning and runner-up images will also be displayed
in the Galleria at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle before going on tour around the region.