Snappers urged to enter wildlife photography comp

Wednesday 02 January 2013 Updated: 02/01 12:38

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Buy photos » Paul Lane, from St John's, was chosen as one of last year's winners with this picture taken at Lower Smite Farm. Picture by Paul Lane.

SUPER snappers are being challenged to capture some of Worcestershire's stunning wildlife through a lens as part of an annual photography competition.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust (WWT) is looking for photographs that reflect the diversity of the county's countryside and wildlife with winning photographs set to feature in the Trust’s 2014 calendar.

Wendy Carter, communications manager for the Trust, said: “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 to 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 at one of the Trust’s nature reserves but for the first time images of wildlife and wild places across the whole county will be accepted.

“We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful county with some wonderful species of wildlife," Mrs Carter added.

"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.”

Twelve winning photographs will each feature as A4 images in the WWT's 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.

Sales of calendars and Christmas cards alone can bring in £5,000 to help the WWT's work in caring for wildlife across Worcestershire.

The closing date for the competition is Monday, April 22 and entry forms can be downloaded from www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/photography-competition

The 2013 calendar can be purchased from Lower Smite Farm or the Trust’s website www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/shop for £6.50.

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