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Wildlife Photography Competition 2018 winners announced

The winners of our 2018 competition have been announced and the best nature photo of the year has been named.

Congratulations to all winners and thank you to all entrants - the quality of photos submitted for this competition was, as always, outstanding.

The overall winner was awarded the top prize of a weekend stay at The Coach House, Biddenden, courtesy of Keny & Sussex Holiday Cottages.

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The Coach House, Biddenden - Kent and Sussex Holiday Cottages
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The Coach House, Biddenden

The Coach House is a beautiful property - in the most glorious rural spot, set down a country lane in a wonderfully tranquil location with the owners' splendid little herd of Highland cattle to admire across the fields... Although you will feel in the depths of the countryside, The Coach House isn't far from the picturesque village of Biddenden, with its Michelin star restaurant and traditional country pub.

It is attached to the owners newly converted Oast Barn - both of which have been lovingly restored. The Coach House has been decorated with great flair and is a real treat to come home to with its fabulous rural outlook and abundant walks right from your doorstep.

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Entry categories

A maximum of three images were entered per applicant for categories 1-4, distributed amongst the categories however entrants wished.

(C1) Category 1: Fauna

Covers all animals - mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects that can be found on sites in Kent. These may be nature reserves, country parks, schools, gardens etc.

(C2) Category 2: Flora

Covers all plants, flowers, trees and fungi found in Kent.

(C3) Category 3: Landscape

A broad category for images of landscapes and habitats i.e. woodland, grassland, heathland, meadows, lakes, rivers - but must be taken in Kent.

(C4) Category 4: Marine

The longest coastline of any county offers ample opportunities – from seascapes to sea creatures; seashores to seabirds. Underwater images are welcome too (off the Kent coast only).

For junior entries, a maximum of three images could be entered per applicant.

(C5) Category 5: Junior

Any subject may be chosen from categories C1, C2, C3 or C4 but photos must be taken in Kent and entrants must be aged 17 or under on the closing date.

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The 2018 photography competition junior category is sponsored by Unipet International.

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.

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Rules and conditions of entry:

Images should be saved at the highest setting as a jpg.

Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, but not manipulated. Entrants may enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc, but not manipulate the content. Kent Wildlife Trust reserves the right to exclude any image it believes may have been excessively manipulated.

Images of domesticated animals used on nature reserves for the purposes of conservation are eligible. Please state the nature reserve in your comments.

Domestic pets and farm animals are not eligible, nor are native or exotic wildlife photographed in zoos, sanctuaries, shows and fairs or similar locations.

Plants photographed must be non-cultivated.

Entrants under the age of 17 years need to have parent or guardian consent to enter.

Copyright of the images must be the property of the entrant and will remain so. Kent Wildlife Trust reserves the right to publish competition images in such media as it deems suitable; including Trust publications, press articles, website and display materials - if the appropriate check box on the entry form has been ticked.

Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on any entry will be provided.

Entry is open to UK residents only. Employees and trustees of Kent Wildlife Trust and their families are not eligible to enter.

Entrants must not be professional photographers and, for the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.

Entries must not have been a ‘winner’ in any other photographic competition.

A panel of judges will carry out the judging and their decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Last year's winners

Take a look at the winning entries from our 2017 Wildlife Photography Competition:

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