The Julian Gardner Awards

Entries open for the 2019 Julian Gardner Awards - deadline 31 May


We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Julian Gardner Awards. Jason Clarke scooped first prize in the adult category for his breath-taking image of a sunset harvest in the Cotswolds, while Defending champion of the under 16s category Lauren Smewing retained her title, and the sculpture of a leveret, with her stunning image of a bee collecting pollen,

Richard Gunther - Winner Adult Category

The competition was launched in memory of Julian Gardner, a Sussex farmer and lifelong supporter of the GWCT, who was tragically killed while defending his property in October 2010. A very kind donation from Julian’s family and friends enabled the GWCT to buy the two trophies, which are presented to the winners to display for the next year, as well as prints of their award-winning photographs.

With a record number of entries, the standard of the competition proved incredibly high this year. The winners and runners-up were decided by the GWCT’s three regular judges: advisor Peter Thompson, publications editor Louise Shervington, and renowned wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell.

Laurie Campbell said: “Since the advent of digital cameras and the internet we could be forgiven for thinking that just about everything in the natural world has been so comprehensively photographed that we might despair of ever finding anything new to document. Well, the winning entries of this year’s competition prove that there is always another way – it just comes down to spending time in the field and using a little imagination.”

The GWCT would like to congratulate the winners and runners-up, and to thank all the entrants for making it such an outstanding year for the Julian Gardner Awards.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers, not just our members, and is related to our research and advisory work – taking in all aspects of the UK countryside, including the people who live and work there, game, wildlife, all the various habitats and of course landscape.

There are two categories:

  • Adult section – The winner will be awarded the GWCT Julian Gardner trophy - a sculpture of a hare
  • 16 and under section - The winner will be awarded the GWCT Julian Gardner junior trophy - a sculpture of a leveret

The top three winning photos from each section will be printed in our membership magazine Gamewise and featured on our website. The images will be judged by world-renowned professional photographer Laurie Campbell, Peter Thompson (GWCT Biodiversity Advisor) and Louise Shervington (GWCT Publications Editor).

The Julian Gardner Award Trophies


The trophies awared to the winners have been designed by Claire Abbatt. Both winners get to keep their trophy for 12 months.

Visit Claire's website >

Competition rules

The competition is only open to amateur photographers. Entries must not have been offered for sale or have won other competitions and they must have been taken in the UK. Images of zoo and captive animals will not be considered. You can enter a maximum of two photographs in colour or black and white; any photos you attempt to submit after the first two will not be accepted for the competition. Only digital entries supplied as high-quality JPEGs (a minimum size of 1MB, maximum 6MB) will be considered.

By submitting any photographs, you agree to grant the GWCT a perpetual royalty-free licence for use in our publications, on our website and in promotional material. The author will be credited where possible.

Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on any entry will be provided. All photographs will be judged on the following criteria: a) Composition, b) Originality, c) Technical ability.

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