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


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

Hawk’s Head Photography have kindly offered three wildlife photography workshop prizes for our competition winners (each valued between £70 – £80). Adult winners will receive a workshop on ‘Farne Islands Puffins and Seabirds – Wildlife Behaviour and Wildlife Portraits’, and the Young Person’s winner will take part in a ‘Birds of Prey’ workshop.

Each category winner and runner-up will also receive a prize and certificate. In March 2013, the winner and runner-up images will be displayed in the Galleria at the Great North Museum: Hancock.

All photographs, whether submitted in a digital or printed format, should include details of the category the image is to be included in, where the photograph was taken, the entrant’s name, contact telephone number and address. Entries into the Young Person’s category must also include the date of birth of the photographer.

Low resolution images (with size specified) should be emailed to

Printed photographs should be posted to:

Steve Ashton
North East Wildlife Photography Competition
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
Margrove Heritage Centre
TS12 3BZ

Entrants agree that the organisers and sponsor can provide images to the media for reproduction in connection with the competition and exhibition only. The organisers and sponsor will make a reasonable effort to ensure that name credits are given to any photograph published in any medium but we cannot guarantee this. Please download our guidelines for entering and digitally enhancing photographs.
Terms and conditions

Please click to view our ‘Terms and Conditions’ and ‘guidelines for entering and digitally enhancing photographs’ (also available to download as pdf documents).
Sponsored by:
Nestlé is a Global Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company that cares deeply about sustainability and believes in creating greater value for our people, our shareholders and society as a whole. At Nestlé Fawdon, we recognise the need to pursue manufacturing in ways that protect the planet and its resources for future generations. After working closely with NWT in 2011, Fawdon Factory (situated on the outskirts of Newcastle) established a wildflower butterfly meadow that was planted by our employees and their families to encourage indigenous wildlife and butterflies to return to the site. This year we have enjoyed seeing the meadow continue to develop and establish itself. We are also very pleased to continue our partnership with the Trust as we work on the challenge of improving biodiversity around our site. Nestlé Fawdon is proud and delighted to sponsor this exciting North East Wildlife Photography Competition; it is a fantastic opportunity to view, appreciate and capture in photo our local wildlife. We look forward to viewing the entries, and for more information on Nestlé please visit
Prizes donated by:
Hawk’s Head Photography is a wildlife photography workshop specialist based in the north east of England. Its range of bespoke workshops offer advice, practical tips and encouragement for all levels of ability and include the Farne Islands seabirds and seals, birds of prey, whooper swans and red kites in SW Scotland, wetlands wildlife and waterfalls in Northumberland. For more information on Hawk’s Head Photography please visit


(North East Wildlife Trusts comprise Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Durham Wildlife Trust and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust).