04 February 2014

Wildlife charity seeks scenes of British rural beauty for photo competition

Martin Munn’s ladybird picture won the Julian Gardner Award in the adult category in 2013The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is now looking for entries for the third annual Julian Gardner Award photographic competition.

The Award is made in two categories - adult and 16-and-under - and is open to pictures of the wildlife and countryside of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is named after Julian Gardner, the Sussex farmer who was killed defending his property in 2010, and commemorates his life-long love for the British countryside. The winning photographs are judged to be those that best encapsulate the beauty and wonder of the natural landscape around us.

Last year’s winner of the 16-and-under category was Christopher Page’s woodland sceneLast year's winners were Martin Munn of Surrey, with his close-up picture of a ladybird caught between bright petals; and a gold-lit woodland scene from 16-year old Christopher Page of Kent. The award is opening to all amateur photographers from around the world, though pictures must be taken within the UK to be eligible.

The top three winning images from each section will be printed in the GWCT’s membership magazine Gamewise as well as being featured on the GWCT’s stand at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in June. The award will be judged by renowned professional wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell, Gamewise editor Louise Shervington and GWCT advisor Peter Thompson. Both winning entrants will be awarded a beautifully-crafted hare sculpture, made possible by generous donations from the family and friends of Julian Gardner. Last year’s prize winners received their award from Environment Minister Richard Benyon MP, who has a real passion for the countryside and wildlife.  

Peter Thompson said, "This competition is so brilliant because photographs depicting absolutely anything to do with the British countryside can be sent in, however entries really need that WOW factor, so the moment the judges see your photo, it creates a reaction – surprise, a smile or a gasp! Both the winners of last year’s impressive collection of entries did just that – they leapt out of the pack and demanded to be noticed!"

The judges hope that even the recent dismal weather might have inspired amateur photographers with striking scenes of the countryside at its most wild and awe-inspiring.

The contest can be entered by emailing no more than two photographs to photocompetition@gwct.org.uk before midnight on Saturday 31 May 2014. Entrants are encouraged to include a contact address, phone number and age with their pictures. Further details and full competition rules can be found at www.gwct.org.uk/photocompetition.

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Photocaptions: (1) Martin Munn’s ladybird picture won the Julian Gardner Award in the adult category in 2013. (2) Last year’s winner of the 16-and-under category was Christopher Page’s woodland scene.


Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line - at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Joel Holt
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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