Keen photographers have got just six weeks to enter their best photos to a popular annual photography.

Local conservation charity Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is looking for photographs that put Worcestershire’s fabulous wildlife and wild places into view. Winning photographs will feature in the Trust’s 2015 calendar.

Rainbow - June's winner by Nigel HootonWendy Carter, communications manager for the Trust, explained “Last year was an absolutely bumper year for entries – with over 350 photographs taken by more than 60 local photographers.

“We’re constantly impressed by the quality of the photographs and the range of subjects that are captured. Last year we saw everything from dragonflies to owls and wildflowers to rainbows.”

Diversity of Worcestershire's wildlife

The competition is open to everyone and the calendar will feature photographs that highlight the diversity of wildlife across the county as well as the range of places that wildlife calls home.

Common frog - March's winner by Matthew HazletonWendy continued “Worcestershire is such a great county – we’ve got beautiful countryside and some fabulous species of wildlife. Our nature reserves form part of this but most people enjoy watching wildlife in their gardens, villages, local parks and other green spaces.

“Wherever readers watch wildlife, we’d encourage them to keep a camera handy to make sure they capture the action.

“Many of last year’s winners were either taken in gardens or by people who were just going about their normal business. It just goes to show how we can all do something in our own gardens to help wildlife and how wildlife is all around is if we just stop to look.”

Winner becomes judge

Tawny owl - overall winner by Jason CurtisStaff at the Trust will be joined in judging the photos by the overall winner for the last two years, Jason Curtis of Far Forest. Jason is also running two nature photography workshops for the Trust to help people get their most from their cameras and wildlife opportunities.

Wendy added “Whether it’s a magnificent hawk-moth or wildflowers dancing on the breeze, goldfinches in the garden or a child’s first encounter with wildlife; we’re looking for inspiring and eye-catching images that reflect the beauty of our county’s natural world.

“The calendar is really popular and helps to raise important funds for our conservation work. It’s a great way for photographers to get their work showcased in homes across Worcestershire and further afield.”

12 winning photographs will be featured as A4 images in the 2015 calendar, with one lucky photographer taking the prized front cover. Images are also considered for the Trust’s range of greetings and Christmas cards that are sold to raise money for conservation work across the county.

The closing date is Friday 11th April 2014.  Anyone interested should download the entry form and send it with a CD of their images to the Trust. www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk

Contact:

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Lower Smite Farm
Smite Hill
Hindlip
Worcestershire
WR3 8SZ

Tel: 01905 754919
Email: [email protected]