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Worcestershire wildlife photography competition launched - Get your photos into a wildlife calendar

23/11/2012 16:32:51
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Starling by Tony Ellis

Worcestershire wildlife photography competition launched - Get your photos into a wildlife calendar

November 2012. Photographers across Worcestershire are being invited to enter an annual photography competition to raise funds for wildlife.

Conservation charity, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, is looking for photographs that reflect the diversity of our countryside and wildlife - from Hagley to Upton and Tenbury to Broadway. Winning photographs will feature in the Trust's 2014 calendar.

Wendy Carter, communications manager for the Trust, explained "We've been running the competition for four years and we're always really impressed by the talented photographers that enter.

"We usually get 150-200 photographs entered and, even though it's already really difficult to choose winners, we're hoping for many more photographs this year."

The competition is normally only open for photographs taken on one of the Trust's 70+ nature reserves. For the first time, however, the Trust is looking for images of wildlife and wild places across the whole county.

Wendy continued "We're so lucky to live in such a beautiful county with some wonderful species of wildlife. And while our nature reserves are obviously great for wildlife, we realise that most people enjoy watching wildlife in their gardens, villages and local parks.

"Wherever people watch wildlife, we'd encourage them to have a camera handy to make sure they capture the action.

"It doesn't matter whether it's a field of flowers dancing in the breeze, the struggle of wildlife trying to survive winter or adapt to a peopled environment, or a child's first encounter with wildlife; we're looking for striking and inspiring images of the wonder of Worcestershire's natural world."

Winning photos to appear in calendar
12 winning photographs will be featured as A4 images in the 2014 calendar, with one lucky photographer taking the prized front cover. Images are also considered for the Trust's range of greetings and Christmas cards that are sold to raise money for conservation work across the county.

The calendars provide a much needed source of fundraising for the charity. At this time of year, sales of calendars and Christmas cards alone bring in £5000, all of which helps wildlife across Worcestershire.

The Trust also sell a range of virtual gifts, cards, guide books, identification charts and more - all suitable for Christmas presents and available from the Trust's website.

Deadline April
"The deadline isn't until April so there's plenty of time to take the winning shot!

"We had to order an extra print run of last year's calendar because it was so popular. We're expecting another sell out this year so it's a great opportunity for your photo to be seen throughout the county."

The closing date is Monday 22nd April 2013 and entry forms can be downloaded here.

The 2013 calendar can be purchased from Lower Smite Farm or the Trust's website www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/shop for £6.50. Winning images can be seen at the Trust's Flickr Photostream 

Cards can also be purchased at Lower Smite Farm, Just for Pets stores across the county, Upton Snodsbury Village Shop and Post Office, Clive's Fruit Farm (Upton upon Severn) and Brookside Farm Shop (Droitwich Spa).

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