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Wildlife Trusts announce photography contest

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Puffin with catch T Cavner

Puffin with catch, by Terry Cavner, a winner in a previous Northumberland Wildlife Trust photo contest

Three Wildlife Trusts in the North East of England – Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley – have partnered with the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) and the Great North Museum: Hancock to launch a brand new photography competition.

The competition, which has Nestlé Fawdon as the main competition sponsor, with Opticron and Hawk’s Head Photography providing prizes for category winners, will be a wonderful opportunity for entrants to showcase the best of the Region’s wildlife.

There are five competition categories to enter:

* Wildlife portraits – photos that capture the character, essence or traits of a species

* Wildlife behaviour – photos that capture interesting, funny or amazing behaviour

* Wildlife in the landscape photos that show wildlife in its habitat, landscape or setting

* Botanical: photos of plants, fungi and lichens

* Young person’s – photos of flora and fauna taken by anyone aged 16 or under

A maximum of five images can be entered in total; entrants must state which competition category they are entering and can submit more than one image per category. The closing date for entries is midnight, Thursday 31 January 2013.

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, with some wonderful prizes on offer, including £250 and an Opticron IS 60 ED digiscoping kit for DSLR cameras for the overall winner. The competition is open to entrants outside of the North East, but only photographs taken in the region will be eligible.

In March 2013, the winning and runner-up images will also be displayed in the Galleria at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle before going on tour around the region.

Images can be submitted in a digital or printed format. Low resolution images should be emailed to with details of which category the image is to be included in and where it was taken, a contact telephone number and address; entries into the Young Person’s category must also include the date of birth of the photographer.

Printed photographs should be posted to: Steve Ashton, North East Wildlife Photography Competition, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Margrove Heritage Centre, Boosbeck, Saltburn, TS12 3BZ. The back of each photograph must show the entrant’s name, address and telephone number and which category they are to be included in and where it was taken; entries into the Young Person’s category must have the date of birth of the photographer on the back of each photograph.

For full terms and conditions of the competition visit:

* Northumberland Wildlife Trust is delighted to welcome M.Steel Cycles as a bronze category corporate member. The company, based in South Gosforth is Newcastle’s longest established bike shop serving Tyne & Wear since 1894. Headed, by Olympic cyclist and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Joe Waugh, the company meets the needs of both casual and passionate bikers alike and is a specialised, Trek, Orange and Bianchi bike dealer, with a massive 3,000 square foot store with top brands such as Altura, Endura, Gore, Shimano, Specialized, Trek and System Ex.

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