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Wilder Kent Photography Competition 2019

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A Wilder photography competition for a Wilder Kent

We’re delighted this year to be running the newly refreshed Wilder Kent Photography Competition 2019 to find Kent’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year - as well as award winners for some exciting new categories.

All valid entries received will be considered for our grand prize of the title of Kent’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year and a short break in a holiday cottage graciously sponsored by Kent and Sussex Cottages.

This webpage will be open for submissions from mid-October to late November, so get outside with your camera this summer and start snapping your entries.

Information about our 2019 entry submissions process will be released soon, so please check back for updates.

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Entry Categories

Our entry categories for this year have been given a refresh to follow the theme of our 'Wilder Kent' vision:

Wilder Woodlands and Grasslands

Woods and grasslands in Kent used to be part of the same natural system. But, for a long time, there has been a decline in these habitats. Kent Wildlife Trust has started to manage its own land in a way that mimics how nature used to work, as well as working with others who own land to look after it in the same way.

We are looking for images that represent Kent’s wild grassland and woodland habitats - the landscapes, plants and animals you can find in these habitats.

 

Key Words: 

Wilding, Grasslands, Woodlands, Nature Reserves, Heathlands, Flora, Fauna

Wilder Towns and Cities

People are part of nature. But we’re losing touch with it and this is causing us great harm. We need to reconnect with nature.

We are looking for images that represent the reconnection between towns, cities and people with nature. They can be the animals that are commonly seen in towns and cities, urban green spaces, plants, and people.

 

Key Words: 

People, Nature, Cities, Towns, Reconnection to Nature, Flora, Fauna, Urban Green Spaces, Road Verges

Wilder Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands

The cheapest and most sustainable way to build up our resilience to droughts and floods is to restore natural river, lake and wetland systems.

We are looking for images that represent Kent’s wild rivers, lakes and wetlands. The pictures can be about their ecosystem, landscapes, and the flora and fauna found in these habitats.

 

Key Words: 

Reed-beds, Ham Fen, Flora, Fauna, River Systems, Rivers, Lakes, Wetlands

Wilder Coasts and Seas

Kent Wildlife Trust has campaigned for marine reserves to protect our seas for decades. Many have now been created. We will work to make our marine reserves into safe areas where an abundance of sea life can thrive.

We are keen to see photos that show wildlife above and below the water, as well as photos that represent people being a part of the coast.

 

Key Words: 

Beach, Ocean, Coast, Marine Life, Choughs, People, Flora, Fauna 

Wilder Juniors (entrants ages 17 or under)

Those taking part in the photo competition will automatically be eligible for the ‘Wilder Junior’ category if 17 or under.

The photos should be linked to the overall ‘Wilder Kent’ theme with the ‘Wilder Woodlands and Grasslands’, ‘Wilder Towns & Cities’, ‘Wilder Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands’, and ‘Wilder Coasts and Seas’ categories in mind.

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The Wilder Juniors category is kindly sponsored by Unipet International.

Even Wilder (professionals and seasoned winners)

You will automatically be eligible for the ‘Even Wilder’ category if you are a Professional Photographer, where photography makes up more than 50% of your income (primary income) or you are a Seasoned Winner, anyone who has been a category winner for our photography competition in 3 or more years.

The photos should be linked to the overall ‘Wilder Kent’ theme with the ‘Wilder Woodlands and Grasslands’, ‘Wilder Towns & Cities’, ‘Wilder Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands’, and ‘Wilder Coasts and Seas’ categories in mind.

A maximum of four entries may be entered per applicant and you may distribute these amongst the categories however you wish. No single image may be entered into more than one of the categories.

Competition rules

Please read carefully the rules for competition entry below. 

By submitting an entry to this competition, entrants agreed to our terms and conditions.

See full terms and conditions

Last year's winners

Take a look at the winning entries from our 2018 Wildlife Photography Competition:

Dandelion Seed Head - David Wanostrocht

Dandelion Seed Head - David Wanostrocht

After another year of simply stunning, high-quality entries we are delighted to announce the winners of our annual wildlife photography competition. 

A close-up photo of a dandelion seed head has taken the crown as Kent’s nature photograph of the year. The prestigious award was made to Mr David Wanostrocht of Orpington who took the prize-winning shot in his back garden.

The judging panel was unanimous in their verdict that Mr Wanostrocht’s image should win the competition outright.  Mr Wanostrocht wins a two-night break in a country cottage courtesy of Kent and Sussex cottages, main sponsors of the competition.

See all 2018 winners

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