Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time to take your camera for a stroll around WWT London Wetland Centre. You have until Thursday 31 May to enter your wildlife photographs for the springtime heat of the WWT Photography Competition, and there are some fantastic prizes to be won.
Following on from the success of the winter heat which received an influx of over 3,343 online entries and a staggering 17,604 votes in the People’s Choice category, the spring heat has much to live up to.
The winning winter shots for the London region were as follows:
Wetland wildlife – Overlapwing by Paul Farnfield
Wetland landscapes – Sunset over a frozen lake by David Hardman
Young photographer – Robin Silhouette by Sam Rowley
People and wildlife – Morning stroll by Gillian Lloyd
People’s Choice winner (most popular on the website) – Cygnet by Dave Sutton
All the regional winners for each of the seasonal heats will go through to the national finals to be held in Autumn 2012.
Whilst photographs entered into all the other categories must have been taken at one of WWT’s nine wetland wildlife centres across the UK, the World Wetlands category invites entries taken of wetlands large or small, good or bad, from all over the world. These can range from rivers in Rwanda, lakes in Lagos to creeks in Colorado, or even one of the most extreme wetlands in the world, Antarctica. A shortlist will be chosen from this category for each seasonal heat to go on to the national finals.
Finally, to be in with the chance of winning the grand prize of the trip to Antarctica, entrants must submit at least three or more photographs in at least two or more seasonal heats. If this criteria is met, the entrant’s ‘portfolio’ will be automatically entered into the Portfolio Photographer of the Year category. At the national finals, each portfolio photographer’s three best photographs (as shortlisted by the judges) will be considered with the winner receiving the Portfolio Photographer of the Year Award and the grand prize of a 12-day fully inclusive trip to Antarctica, courtesy of Exodus in partnership with Quark Expeditions.
The competition is being held in association with Canon, in celebration of the Scott Antarctic Expedition Centenary, and offers an amazing £50,000 worth of fantastic prizes for the national winners, including a grand prize for the Portfolio Photographer category of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica courtesy of Exodus in partnership with Quark Expeditions. Visit www.wwt.org.uk/photo for full details.
For more information, or to enter the competition, visit www.wwt.org.uk/photo .
Images: Clockwise from top right – Cygnet – Dave Sutton, Sunset over a frozen lake – David Hardman, Robin silhouette – Sam Rowley, Morning stroll – Gillian Lloyd, Overlapwing – Paul Farnfield.