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.

Images can be submitted in a digital or printed format. Low resolution images should be emailed to northeastwildlifephoto@gmail.com with details of which category the image is to be included in and where it was taken, a contact telephone number and address; entries into the Young Person’s category must also include the date of birth of the photographer.

Printed photographs should be posted to: Steve Ashton, North East Wildlife Photography Competition, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Margrove Heritage Centre, Boosbeck, Saltburn, TS12 3BZ. The back of each photograph must show the entrant’s name, address and telephone number and which category they are to be included in and where it was taken; entries into the Young Person’s category must have the date of birth of the photographer on the back of each photograph.

For full terms and conditions of the competition visit: www.nwt.org.uk

Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is the largest environmental charity in the
region working to safeguard native wildlife. One of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK, Northumberland Wildlife Trust has campaigned for nature conservation for over 40 years. It aims to inform, educate and involve people of all ages and backgrounds in protecting their environment in favour of wildlife and conservation.

Supported by over 13,000 individual and 100 corporate members in the region, Northumberland Wildlife Trust manages and protects critical species and habitats at over 60 nature reserves throughout Newcastle,
North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Follow Northumberland Wildlife Trust on Facebook facebook.com/northumberlandwt and
Twitter@northwildlife

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Durham Wildlife Trust

Durham Wildlife Trust’s purpose is to protect wildlife and promote nature conservation in County Durham, the City of Sunderland and the boroughs of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Darlington.

Through the management of 26 Nature Reserves and a variety of species and habitat recovery projects, the Trust is one of the most active environmental organisations in the region. By acting as a focus for a variety of community groups, schools and individuals, the Trust engages people in the issues around nature conservation and the wider environment. It also manages two visitor centres and campaigns on behalf of more than 8000 members.

More information is available at: www.durhamwt.co.uk or by calling: 0191 5843112.

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is an independent, local charity working to create a better future for wildlife and people.

Established in 1979, it has worked to protect and enhance the natural environment of its area. It manages over 500 acres of land as nature reserves and has improved many other areas of former industrial and under-used land to enhance it for nature conservation.

More information is available at: www.teeswildlife.org and twitter@teeswildlife

Natural History Society of Northumbria

The Natural History Society of Northumbria promotes and encourages the study of natural history, protects the flora and fauna in the North-East of England, and cares for its library and collections at the Great North Museum: Hancock.

The Society manages Gosforth Park Nature Reserve in Newcastle which is a great place to see and photograph wildlife, especially Kingfisher, Bittern and Red Squirrel. The Society also runs a Wildlife Photography Course and members of the Society can post their photos on the website for other members to see.

For more information about the Society and its activities visit: www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk

The Great North Museum: Hancock

The Great North Museum is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of Newcastle University. The Museum brings together the North East’s premier collections of archaeology, natural history, geology and world cultures under one roof. It incorporates collections from the original Hancock Museum, and Newcastle University’s former Museum of Antiquities and the Shefton Museum.

The Great North Museum is a partnership between Newcastle University, Tyne & Wear Museums, Newcastle City Council, the Natural History Society of Northumbria and the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

www.greatnorthmuseum.org

Nestlé

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 the Northumberland Wildlife Trust 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 Northumberland Wildlife Trust as we work on the challenge of improving biodiversity around our site.

For more information on Nestlé please visit: www.nestle.co.uk/csv

Fawdon Factory, Nestlé UK Ltd, Rowan Drive, Fawdon, Newcastle- Upon-Tyne, NE3 3TR.