Our 2020 annual wildlife photography competition is now open for entries, with new categories and bigger and better prizes.
We’d love to see your images showcasing the stunning scenery and spectacular wildlife here in Gloucestershire. With plenty of wild, green spaces right on our doorstep, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to opportunities for capturing terrific images of the natural world, whether inspiration strikes you in your garden, local park, or during a hike along the Sapperton Valley. Birds collecting nesting material, wildflowers and beautiful butterflies taking a moment’s rest on a leaf are just some of the potential shots there for the taking.
We’ve added a couple of new exciting categories this year including ‘on your doorstep’ – a chance for us to see the wildlife that you live alongside – it could be the friendly robin who regularly visits your garden or a buzzing bee you spot in the hedgerow opposite your house.
We're looking forward to seeing your entries, whether it's a photograph that's been taken on a smartphone, compact camera or SLR – it’s time to get snapping!
We’re delighted to say that all the images included on this page were captured by talented amateur photographers.
Please find below competition details, photos from previous years to inspire you for each category and details on prizes.
How to enter
Adults: Entries must be submitted by using the Adults webform by midnight on Friday 31 July 2020.
Juniors: Entries must be submitted by using the Juniors webform by midnight on Friday 31 July 2020.
Schools: Entries must be submitted by using the Schools webform by midnight on Friday 31 July 2020.
We do not accept entries submitted by email or post.
Rules of entry
Our photography competition is open to amateur photographers only, and all entries must be taken in Gloucestershire. Closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 31 July 2020.
Please ensure you read the full terms and conditions before submitting your entry.
GWT photo competition terms and conditions
1. Opening and closing dates:
a. The 2020 photography competition is now open for entries. The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 31st July 2020.
2. How to Enter:
a. Entries must be submitted by webform via gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/photocomp
b. Entries must be labelled with the entrant’s full name and image files must be at least 300dpi.
c. Entrants need to state where and when each photograph was taken.
d. Entrants are required to provide their full name, email address and phone number. We request this personal data for the purpose of the administration of the photography competition. This data will be processed and stored in a secure manner and will only be kept for the duration of the 2020 photography competition. This data will then be destroyed in a secure manner. We will not use this data for any other purposes.
d. We are unable to accept postal entries or entries via email.
a. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland, except for employees of Archant and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.
b. This competition is an amateur photography competition and is not open to professional photographers (where photography is a primary occupation).
c. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
d. Images can contain native or migrant wild species. Non-native species which permanently live in the UK are also allowed.
e. Digital adjustments to images are acceptable, the way in which the photograph is enhanced or edited will be considered during the judging process. However, it is important that the context and the content are not changed beyond recognition of the original image, and the ‘spirit’ of the image is maintained.
f. Only photographs taken in Gloucestershire can be entered. Entrants need to state where and when each photograph was taken.
a. The judging will take place by the following judges:
Roger Mortlock, CEO of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Iain Green of Wildlife Wonder
Candia McKormack, Deputy Editor of Cotswold Life.
b. Judging will be done anonymously.
5. Use of Images:
a. Winning images will be publicised in the next edition of our members’ magazine, Wildlife, shared on our website and our social media channels. All submitted entries will be considered for use in GWT publications and online.
a. Adult Categories –
1. Entrants to the adult competition must be aged 17 or over by the closing date of the competition.
2. The adult competition includes the following categories:
- Wildlife close up
- Out on the reserves
- On your doorstep
- My wild life
3. Adults can enter a maximum of one photograph per category. Adults can enter as many adult categories as they wish. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties. If an individual enters more than the allowed amount, one for each category will be chosen at random and the other images disregarded.
4. The winning entry will be the one that is judged to be the most visually appealing, original and self-explanatory.
b. Juniors Category – Wildlife in Gloucestershire
1. All entrants for the ‘junior’ categories must be 16 or under by the competition closing date.
2. A maximum of three images which capture the theme of ‘Wildlife in Gloucestershire’ can be entered per entrant. If entrants exceed this amount then three images will be chosen at random and the other images disregarded.
c. Schools Category – Wildlife in Your School
1. Each school can submit up to six images which showcase wildlife at or close to their school. If a school exceeds this amount, then six images will be chosen at random and the other images disregarded.
a. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserves the right to remove or refuse any entries to the competition for any reason.
b. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
c. Should any entries fall below the standard required by the competition organisers and the judges, then the organisers reserve the right not to award prizes.
d. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
e. The welfare of the wildlife subject is more important than the photograph itself. If entries are found to have evidence of undue disturbance or stress inflicted on wildlife in the process of taking the photograph, the entrant will be disqualified. Please avoid damaging habitat or disturbing wildlife in search of the perfect shot.
f. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust takes no responsibility for loss, damage or injury incurred as a result of participation (and/or) involvement in the competition or subsequent publicity and awards.
g. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.
h. Archant and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are responsible for the first part of the promotion, which is the publication and adjudication of the competition.
i. English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.
7. Copyright and permissions:
a. By submitting images for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust 2020 Wildlife Photography Competition, each entrant confirms that:
- All images they submit are their own work and they own the copyright for them.
- None of the images submitted have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition.
- All images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws.
- They received permission from any human subjects which are included in the images submitted.
- They agree to take part in post-competition publicity as required.
b. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has irrevocable permission to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, any of the images entered into the 2020 photography competition, for any purpose connected with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. This may include but is not limited to inclusion in or reproductions in online or print media which may be produced in the future; displays at exhibitions; displays on websites or social media for judging purposes or promotion; and for use in press releases to be distributed to national, regional, local or specialist press for information or promotion of present or future competitions. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Archant and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.
c. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will make every reasonable effort to ensure that name credits of entrants are reproduced on photos published in online and printed publications.
d. The photographer will be contacted to discuss other usages or permissions which fall outside of the remit described on an ad hoc basis. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will try to ensure entrants are informed of where their images are used, but cannot guarantee it in every case.
Categories & descriptions
Wildlife close up
Look closer at the wildlife around you, the closer you look the more you’ll start to see... Zoom in and capture delicate details such as the vivid patterns on a butterfly wing or the eye of a bumblebee.
Out on the reserves
GWT cares for a stunning array of nature reserves – from Woorgreens in the Forest of Dean to Greystones Farm in the heart of the Cotswolds. Capture on camera the picturesque scenery and the wildlife that calls it home. The perfect excuse to take a trip to your favourite GWT nature reserve – or to explore a reserve you’ve not yet discovered. Try visiting a variety of different habitats to practice different compositions – dense woodland, mirror lakes and vast grasslands – you can find them all in Gloucestershire.
On your doorstep
From the tiniest Cotswold village to the metropolis of Gloucester, wildlife lives alongside us wherever we are. Are there familiar faces you spot in your garden regularly? Does an urban fox regularly roam your street? We want to see the wildlife that lives on your doorstep - from the insects that perch on your plants, to the bats that fly overhead on a warm summer’s evening.
My wild life
We’re looking for photos of people enjoying all that the natural world has to offer.
Entries to this category must include a person interacting with nature. Explore the outdoors with your friends and family and capture them on camera strolling through a wildflower meadow, bird watching with binoculars in hand, or taking a paddle in a stream, the list is endless.
Please make sure you ask the model’s permission first.
Are you aged 16 years old or younger and love snapping pics of the outdoors? Then this category is for you!
We’re looking for your three best photos which capture the theme of ‘wildlife in Gloucestershire’. Take a photo using any camera device you have – even your smartphone.
Explore the wilder side of your school. Do you have any trees growing in the playground? Or a nature area that birds like to visit? Perhaps your school has a garden – always a good place to spot insects and plants!
This category is open to any school in Gloucestershire. We’re looking for photographs that showcase wildlife at your school, or close to it. Each school can submit up to six photos.
The overall winner will receive family membership to Sudeley Castle for a year and a hamper full of treats from our cafés and gift shops.
Two runners up will be awarded £25 each to spend in our cafés and gift shops.
The winner of the juniors category will be presented with a canvas print of their winning image.
The winning school will be offered a half-day-photography workshop with award-winning wildlife photographer, Iain Green, founder of Wildlife Wonder.
Thank you to Iain Green of Wildlife Wonder Photography for donating the prize for the 2020 school's category. To see Iain’s work visit www.wildlifewonder.co.uk
Winning images will be publicised in the next edition of our members’ magazine, Wildlife, and shared on our website and our social media channels. Some images may also be included in Cotswold Life's 2021 calendar.