Waterlife photography competition

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

We’ve never had more time to reflect on the importance of nature in our lives. Before the coronavirus pandemic, how many of us took the time not just to look, but to see? To discover the myriad shades of brown on a female blackbird’s breast, or observe how neatly a leafcutter bee snips semicircles from foliage to create cells for its young. We want to see the wetland wildlife that matters to you.

As our centres have been closed due to the pandemic, we’ve extended the period over which entries can have been taken. So this year, you can submit images taken at our centres not just in 2020, but since June 2019.

As usual, all entries will be judged by Sophie Stafford, Waterlife’s editor and an internationally renowned wildlife photography judge, and a jury of WWT experts. A shortlist of winning and commended shots will be published in the March/June 2021 issue of Waterlife, and the overall winner will be awarded a pair of Swarovski CL Companion 8x30 binoculars worth £970.

We’re also delighted to be introducing a new children’s category for young people aged 16 and under! The winner of the youth category will receive £200 worth of vouchers to spend at cliftoncameras.co.uk

You have until 30 November 2020 to enter.

How to enter:

  • All photographic entries must have been taken at a WWT Wetland Centre between 1 June 2019 and 30 November 2020.
  • 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 in January 2021.

Who can enter?

  • The competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers. Amateur and professional entries will not be judged separately.
  • Employees and volunteers 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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