Nature Photographers

Nature photographers are invited to give it their best shot

Amateur nature photographers of all ages are being invited to enter a prestigious competition run by conservation science charity the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

“The Julian Gardner Awards allows us to showcase the best images of the UK countryside, from the landscapes and wildlife to the people who live and work there,” said James Swyer, awards judge and press & publications manager at the GWCT. “The competition is in its eighth year,” continued James, “and every time we are amazed by the talent out there. We’d love to see lots of entries of Yorkshire’s beautiful scenery and wildlife.”

The awards are open to amateur photographers only.  There is an adult and junior category. Entries must be submitted by 30 June 2021.

“Whether nature photography is a new hobby turned to during lockdown, or something you have been enjoying for many years, we would love to see the results,” said James. “We are looking forward to seeing lots of inspiring images, perhaps taken on a local walk, in a nearby park, or in your own back garden.”

The 2020’s competition was won by Jenny Hibbert from Port Talbot, who has had a lifelong interest in wildlife photography. Her stunning image of an encounter between two hares in the Cairngorms instantly appealed to the judges and won against stiff competition.

Remarkably, 16-year-old Katy Read from Newcastle triumphed in the junior section for the second year in a row, with a photograph capturing a robin fluffing out its feathers against the cold.

The competition was launched in memory of Julian Gardner, a Sussex farmer and lifelong supporter of the GWCT, who was tragically killed while defending his property in October 2010. A donation from Julian’s family and friends funded two trophies, which are presented to the winners to display for the next year, along with prints of their award-winning photos.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers and is related to the GWCT’s research and advisory work – taking in all aspects of the UK countryside, including the people who live and work there, game, wildlife, all the various habitats and of course landscape.

There are two categories:

  • Adult section – The winner will be awarded the GWCT Julian Gardner trophy – a sculpture of a hare.
  • 16 and under section – The winner will be awarded the GWCT Julian Gardner junior trophy – a sculpture of a leveret

Closing date for entries: 30 June 2021.
For more information and to enter please visit gwct.org.uk/photocompetition

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