Waterlife photography competition

This summer, share your most memorable moments at a WWT wetland centre and help us celebrate the amazing wildlife they support.

Our photography contest invites photographers around the UK to share their images of wildlife, landscapes and people interacting with nature taken at one of our centres throughout the summer season. Now is a great time to capture Britain’s wetland wildlife at its best and showcase the rich diversity of wildlife supported by our wetlands.

The shortlist of winning and commended images will be chosen by professional photography judge and Waterlife editor Sophie Stafford and a jury of WWT professionals, and will be featured in the January/March 2020 issue of Waterlife. The final winner will receive a pair of Swarovski CL Companion 8x30 binoculars, the perfect companion to enjoy unique wildlife experiences wherever you go!

2018 winning images

Winner - Secret Cuckoo taken by Garry Oldfield at WWT Martin Mere<
Winner - Secret Cuckoo taken by Garry Oldfield at WWT Martin Mere
Runner-up - Swallow taken by Chris Bishop at WWT Arundel<
Runner-up - Swallow taken by Chris Bishop at WWT Arundel
Third place - Green-veined white butterfly taken by Jonathan Cuttle at WWT Slimbridge<
Third place - Green-veined white butterfly taken by Jonathan Cuttle at WWT Slimbridge

How to enter:

  • All photographic entries must have been taken at a WWT Wetland Centre between 1 June 2019 and 10 October 2019.
  • Each entry must be submitted under an individual’s name and should be accompanied by details of the where & when the photograph was taken.
  • You can submit up to three photos as hi-resolution images via email (preferably if under 6MB in file size). If greater than this we recommend that you either re-size the image/s or send via a file sharing site such as We Transfer or Dropbox.
  • Please submit all entries via email to wwt@thinkpublishing.co.uk as hi-resolution images with a maximum total file size of 20MB. Only entries submitted via this email address will be deemed valid. Entries received via other means cannot be accepted
  • The winner (only) will be notified of results by the end of October 2019.

Who can enter?

  • The competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers. Amateur and professional entries will not be judged separately.
  • Employees of WWT and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Entrants under the age of 12 years need to have parent or guardian consent to enter.

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