Picture perfect time to snap people and wildlife!

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Last year’s GWT overall photography competition winning entry - Hedgehog by MoonLast year’s overall GWT photography competition winning entry - Hedgehog by Moonlight by Thomas Winstone.

This summer is a picture perfect time to snap a winning entry for the Gwent Wildlife Trust’s (GWT) Photography Competition 2018.

Our annual wildlife photo competition is open to photographers of all abilities from beginners or experts and entries are now being sought.

The competition closes on August 31, 2018.

GWT  love seeing and sharing a great wildlife photo and welcome competition entries taken from anywhere within the Gwent area. Photos do not only have to be taken at a GWT nature reserve, they could be taken in people’s back gardens, local parks or other beauty spots.

Competition organiser GWT’s Dipti Patel said:“Our competition has been very successful in recent years, with a very wide range of entries from all kinds of photographers, ranging from the expert using high-end equipment to the non-expert using a mobile phone. We love to see them all. Our competition is very informal and non-threatening, so if you have taken a good photo which you would like to share, please do send it into our competition.”

There are a total of three categories in the competition; Over 16s, Under 16s and this year’s special category is People and Wildlife. All winning entries will get a prize of a Natural History Book Service (NHBS) voucher and a framed copy of their winning photo.

Following the success of the our competition last year, the 2017 winning entries went on a mini tour of Gwent and were exhibited at the Llantarnam Grange Arts Gallery, the Rogue Fox Café in Newport and at the Blackwood Miners’ institute.
All venues were highly impressed with the winning photos, remarking on how popular the shots were with customers, and they are eager to display winning entries from this year’s competition.

GWT’s Vice Chairman Rob Waller, a keen amateur wildlife photographer himself said: “Taking photos really gets you close to nature; you come to know the ins and outs of some of the myriad species and landscapes that are out there just waiting to be snapped up. And the advantage of this digital age and the competition means that you have the pleasure of sharing your results with others, helping to spread the message that all wildlife is brilliant yet fragile and is in need of our support."

GWT’s Dipti added: “This year, our special category will focus on people and wildlife. Most wildlife photographers travel alone and can spend hours waiting for their chosen species to appear. However, as we all know, nature can also be enjoyed in groups and we would love to see photos of people in their natural habitat – the wild!”

To find out more about the competition and to enter please visit: http://www.gwentwildlife.org/how-you-can-help/photography-competition

You can also email dpatel@gwentwildlife.org or info@gwentwildlife.org for further information.