Take advantage of the wonders of winter

Posted on 23rd December 2013

Take advantage of the wonders of winter

 Now that the trees have started to lose their leaves, signalling the start of winter, it’s a great time to head outdoors and capture some wonderful images on your camera for entry into the North East Wildlife Trusts’ photography competition.

And … if you’re lucky enough to find a new camera in your Christmas stocking on 25th December, what better way to test it than photographing all things wild in the region.

Following the success of last year’s revamped photography competition, which saw three north-east Wildlife Trusts – Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley joining joined forces with the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) and the Great North Museum: Hancock, the 2014 competition was launched in August.

Last year people of all ages and abilities entered 1,500 photos of our region’s amazing wildlife and left experts, including David Lindo AKA The Urban birder, amazed by the quality of their pictures.

Nestlé which has worked with Northumberland Wildlife Trust on the planting of butterfly meadows at its factory in Fawdon Newcastle and Hawk’s Head Photography are the main sponsors and, with prizes being donated by Opticron, Newcastle College, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Bird Watching Magazine, Digitalab, Hawk’s Head Photography Workshops, Kielder Water and Forest Park, Naturetrek, Northern Experience Wildlife Tours, Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours, Speyside Wildlife and West Country Wildlife Photography Centre, this will be another wonderful opportunity for entrants to showcase the best of the Region’s wildlife.

As with last year, there are six competition categories again this year to enter, with each category winner and runner-up receiving a great prize and an overall winner being selected from one of these categories for the main prize of £250.

  • Wildlife portraits – photos that capture the character, essence or traits of a species
  • Wildlife in action – 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
  • Art in nature – photos of flora and fauna that are composed for artistic effect

Entry is free and open to everyone, but photographs must have been taken in the North East.  The closing date for entries is midnight, Monday 5 May 2014.  The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in July 2014 and will be displayed at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle before going on tour around the region.

For details of how to submit your entry (online or by post) plus full terms and conditions visit www.nwt.org.uk/photocompetition2014 or write to: Steve Ashton, North East Wildlife Photography Competition, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Margrove Heritage Centre, Boosebeck, Saltburn, TS12 3BZ.



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