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!

Competition Update due to Covid-19.

There is so much to see on the uplands and hillsides around Gwent. If you live locally enough to the uplands to visit within social distancing guidelines, we'd love to see the images you take of these amazing places entered into our "Hill Life Through a Lens" photography competition.

We’ve a number of great prizes on offer including a stay at our Pentwyn Farm Holiday Cottage (once Covid 19 restrictions are lifted)  and bundles of amazing wildlife ID books, as well as a whole host of others goodies.

And for those unable to visit the uplands right now, as you do not live locally to them, you still have plenty of time to enter our competition once the lockdown measures permit it, as we have extended the deadline for entries for our Hill Life Through a Lens photography competition until May 31st 2021.

So, for those unable to currently visit – why not spend time researching and planning your future trip by discovering more about the uplands and its amazing wildlife by reading this feature

And we also invite everyone, wherever they live, to showcase their photos of local #wildlifefromhome near them on our Gwent Wildlife Spotting group. 

Our 'Hill Life Through a Lens' photography competition will be judged by three brilliant photographers: Gwent Wildlife Trust’s/ Vice chair Rob Waller, Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Senior Conservation Ecologisty 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 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." 

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 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. 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 find out more about the Hill Life Through a Lens photography competition and  for further information visit theThe Resilient Uplands Project webpages  or email info@gwentwildlife.org