These eye-catching new photographs of Britainâs wonderful wildlife show some of the amazing array of wildlife and stunning landscapes that can be seen at WWTâs Welney centre through the seasons.
These are a selection of images from the ever popular Wetland Wildlife category as well asÂ the winning entries from the previous winter heat of the WWT Photography Competition 2011-2012, held in celebration of the Scott Antarctic Expedition Centenary and in association with Canon.
WWT Welney is most famous for the thousands of wintering wildfowl which use the reserve during the coldest season of the year but as is shown in the spring entries now is just as exciting a time.
Despite the popularity of the Wetland Wildlife category we would like to see more entrants in the other three categories which are: Wetland Landscapes, People & Wildlife and Young Photographer.
âWetlands are well known for their abundance of wildlifeâ, Julie Ward, Centre Manager of WWT Welney said. âbut in the heart of the Fens we also have some amazing landscapes and âskyscapesâ.Â The reserve at Welney allows a whole range of visitors to connect with nature and in such a safe environment, this can be done from a young age.Â So I would urge anyone with an interest in photography to visit and capture what our reserve means to them and enter before the spring heat closesâ.
With only two weeks to go until the spring heat closes there are not many opportunities to capture the changeable nature of wetlands at WWT Welney.Â This will also be the last chance for those that are new to the competition to be in with a chance of winning a trip to Antarctica by entering at least two of the four seasonal heats.
All the heat winners go through to the competition final which will be judged once the winter, spring and summer heats are complete.Â The whole competition closes on 31 August 2012. There are ÂŁ50,000 worth of prizes up for grabs for the national winners, including wildlife photography and activity holidays.
Entrants who submit images to more than two of the seasonal heats automatically go into the Portfolio Photographer of the Year category, and therefore could be in with a chance of winning the ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica courtesy of Exodus in partnership with Quark Expeditions.
The summer heat is just around the corner, so now is the time to submit spring stills; photographers can enter their prized pictures taken at WWT Welney online at www.wwt.org.uk/photo until 31 May 2012. Then the summer heat opens 1 June â 31 August 2012 which is when the 2011-2012 competition closes. There will be a prize-giving and winners day at a WWT centre in the autumn.