11 May 2019

Time running out to enter photography competition

Bee _collecting _pollen

Lauren Smewing's picture of a bee collecting pollen was the winner of the 2018 under 16 category

KEEN amateur wildlife photographers with a passion for wildlife have until the end of the month to enter this year's Julian Gardner Awards.

The awards give entrants the chance to share their passion for the UK countryside – be it game, wildlife, habitats or landscape - as well as a trophy and a print of their winning photograph.

The winning entries will also feature in the members' magazine of leading wildlife charity, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), and be seen by over 20,000 members.

The competition – launched in memory of Sussex farmer Julian Gardner who was tragically killed while defending his property in October 2010 – has an adult and junior section and winners will be judged by a panel from the charity. The winner of the adult category will be awarded with a sculpture of a hare and the victor of the junior category, for children aged 16 and under, will be presented with a sculpture of a leveret.

Press and publications manager James Swyer is impressed with the array of talent on show in the entries received so far.

“We have already had an impressive selection of entries, which is great news, and I'm sure the judges will have a tough job to decide,” he said.

More than 100 entries were received last year with a brilliant selection of photos, with previous winners including photos of a harvest, a swooping osprey and a puffin.

Budding photographers can enter at www.gwct.org.uk/photocompetition.

The deadline for entries is May 31st.

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:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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