Gwent Wildlife Trust want you to capture Hill Life Through a Lens                   

Jane Corey

Dig out your camera, walking boots and bobble hat and get involved in Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Hill Life Through a Lens photography competition!

There is so much to see on the uplands and hillsides around Gwent and that’s why Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT) want everyone to get out and about capturing and sharing their images of these amazing places, people and wildlife on them, by entering their Hill Life Through a Lens photography competition.

Gwent Wildlife Trust patron, naturalist Iolo Williams said: “Uplands are teeming with life and provide a vital habitat for all kinds of wildlife including Skylark, Red Kite and waxcap fungi.

“I urge people to get involved in Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Hill Life Through a Lens photography competition because there really is so much to see and photograph if you get out on our amazing Gwent uplands.”

GWT’s competition runs for a year from February 2020 and will be judged by three brilliant photographers: Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Vice chair Rob Waller, Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Senior Conservation Ecologist Andy Karran and ecologist, wildlife photographer and Gwent Wildlife Trust Vice President Chris Hatch.

The competition has three categories: Under 16, Over 16 and Mobile Phone. 

It has three themes in each:

  •  Hillside Wildlife and Landscapes Through the Seasons;
  • The High Life – People Living and Working in the Uplands;
  •  Post Industrial Wilderness – When Nature Returns.

There will be a top place winner in each category as well as spot prize winners chosen by the panel of judges.

The Hill Life Through a Lens competition forms part of the South East Wales Resilient Uplands project (SEWRU) a 3-year (2018-2021) collaborative project, led by Torfaen Council, and involving Gwent Wildlife Trust, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent Councils, Natural Resources Wales, police, fire and rescue Services and the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

The SEWRU project covers an area of some 200sq km, on land which is over 200m in altitude within Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent.

Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape Manager Natalie Waller said, “As a partner within the South East Wales Resilient Uplands project, Gwent Wildlife Trust are helping deliver a number of activities this year, including our photography competition, to help promote the uplands as a sustainable area and as an important place to visit for tourism and recreation.

“Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Ebbw Vale office is based in the heart of the uplands and we work closely with local people and wildlife. Through our Hill Life Through a Lens photography competition and events we want more people to get out and about enjoying and capturing our wonderful uplands throughout the seasons. Our aim is to showcase the uplands and also raise awareness both locally and nationally of the area, as a valuable and rewarding place to work, play, visit and live in.”

And to complement the launch of GWT’s competition they have organised photography courses led by photographer Chris Hatch, which will be open to all ages and abilities. Throughout this year the conservation charity will also putting on a series of courses, talks and walks to inform about uplands life and to inspire more people to get out and about on Gwent hillsides to take images to enter in their competition.

To find out more about the Hill Life Through a Lens photography competition and information about the walks/talks and courses GWT have organised this year visit The Resilient Uplands Project webpages  or email info@gwentwildlife.org