2018 Wildlife Photography Competition

The 2018 Wildlife Photography Competition is now open!

Our 2018 Wildlife Photography Competition, is now open, giving you the chance to show what Gloucestershire's wildlife and open spaces mean to you. 

Winning images will be publicised in the next edition of our members magazine, Wildlife, displayed at Greystones and shown on our website and our social media channels.  Some images may be included in Cotswold Life's 2019 calendar.

Some new categories have been added, alongside the popular themes that we run year to year. We're looking forward to seeing your entries, whether it's a photograph that's been taken on a smartphone, compact camera or SLR.

Adult Categories

Nature & Me: provide a glimpse of what nature means to you, or how you interact with wildlife. Birds in your garden, a butterfly in the park, or an activity you enjoy outdoors in nature, express Nature & Me through a photograph.

Wild Towns: whether you live or work in a city or town, or close to the countryside, show how nature is present in urban areas in Gloucestershire.

Special Reserves: Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust manages 60 nature reserves throughout the county. Each is special for its own reasons. We’re looking for pictures that capture a reserve’s unique nature. Which will you select? For a list of our reserves, click here.

People & Wildlife: for this category we’re looking for pictures of people of any age out and about in nature. It can be a family group, friends, neighbours or colleagues, individuals or couples. Permission will be needed from the people shown in the photograph - please see our terms and conditions.

Local Landscapes: choose your favourite Gloucestershire landscape and capture it for the competition, whether it’s a stunning view from a hill or a lower-level scene.

Four Seasons: our nature reserves are full of wildlife throughout the year. Send us your favourite photograph from autumn, winter, spring or summer at one of our 60 nature reserves.

Wildlife Close Up: a whole new world can be seen through a macro lens – the vivid patterns on a butterfly wing, a droplet of water on a leaf or the eye of a bumblebee.

Juniors Category - Wildlife in Gloucestershire

Anyone who is aged 16 or under on 20 July 2018 can enter up to three photographs that capture the theme of Wildlife In Gloucestershire. Take a photo using any device you have, wherever you are.

Schools Category - Wildlife at Your School

This category is open to any school in Gloucestershire. We’re looking for photographs that encapsulate wildlife at your school, or close to it.

Each school can submit up to six entries. The winning school will be offered a half-day photography workshop with nature photography specialist Iain Green, founder of Wildlife Wonder.

Thank you to Iain Green of Wildlife Wonder Photography for donating the schools category prize for the 2018 competition. To see Iain's work visit www.wildlifewonder.co.uk

How to enter

Entries must be labelled with your full name and the category you are entering.

You must state where and when the photograph was taken (for example, Coombe Hill 30 November 2017)

You must supply your full name, postal address and telephone number.

Image files must be at least 300dpi.

Images must have been taken in Gloucestershire, between 20 July 2017 and 20 July 2018.

Email your entry to photocomp@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk

For rules of entry, please read our Terms and Conditions. By entering our wildlife photography competition, you are stating that you agree to the Terms and Conditions.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday July 20th 2018.


Take inspiration from the winners, runners up and highly commended of the 2017 Wildlife Photography Competition below.


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