Wild Photography competition

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To celebrate our 40th anniversary we’re asking you to photograph the nature on your doorstep to showcase the wild and wonderful world around us.

The popular view of our post-industrial region does not reflect the reality of the landscape, which, thanks to its rich historical mix of industrial and rural land boasts rare and special species like water voles, kingfishers and otters. Our vibrant and varied environment, our vast array of habitats including parks, allotments, gardens and verges as well as woods, canals, rivers and hedgerows, are home to wild lives of all sizes, from beetles and tiny wood mice to badgers, deer and buzzards.There is no shortage of inspiration whether amateur or professional.

Our wildlife is as varied and valuable as that of any other part of the United Kingdom. We need you to help us prove it!

The competition, sponsored by Wex Photo Video, has five categories to enter:

  • Wildlife
  • Wild space
  • Urban Nature
  • Young Photographer (under 18 as of 31.12.2020)
  • 10-30 sec video (under any of the above categories)
Last year's winning entry from James Benwell

Last year's winning entry from James Benwell

The overall winner will receive a £500 voucher for Wex Photo Video and there are £100 vouchers for the winner of each category. Winning images will also be incorporated into Greetings Cards sold to raise funds for the Trust, as well as being showcased on our digital platforms.

How to enter

Simply email us your photos reflecting the wildlife and wild spaces of Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall & Wolverhampton to comms@bbcwildlife.org.uk with 'Photography Competition’ in the subject line. We’ll showcase our favourite entries on our social media each month - so make sure you submit your handles so we can tag you!

At the end of the year an overall winner will be chosen to win a £500 Wex Photo Video voucher and 5 category winners will take home a £100 Wex Photo Video voucher. We’ll also make a set of greetings cards from our favourite entries!

Full details on how to enter are in the terms and conditions below.

So whether you’re inspired by flora or fauna, minibeasts or mammals, habitats or hedgehogs send us your best shots!

Good luck and happy snapping!

Terms and Conditions

2020 Photo Competition: Terms and Conditions 

  1. Entry into the competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
  2. Entry to the competition is free and open to everyone except employees of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and their families.
  3. Each entrant may enter up to a maximum of three images in the competition each month.
  4. Entries must be:
  • In digital format – no prints or slides will be accepted
  • JPEG files and be the best quality available. Minimum file size 3 MB
  • Free from text and photographer's watermarks

      5. Photographs must be submitted by emailing comms@bbcwildlife.org.uk with ‘Photography Competition’ in the subject line.

      6. Images must be accompanied by:

  • Name of photographer
  • Date image was taken
  • Name or postcode of where image was taken
  • Date of Birth if wish to be considered for Young Photographer category
  • Photographer social media tags (if they wish to be tagged if their image is showcased during the competition)

      7. The Organisers cannot be held responsible for emails that do not arrive due to the entrant’s email security settings or restrictions placed by their Internet service provider. 

      8. Large files must be submitted via wetransfer (https://wetransfer.com/) to comms@bbcwildlife.org.uk

      9. Entries must be received by midnight, Friday 31st December and taken between 1st January – 31st December 2020.

      10. Your details will not be passed on to any third party without your permission.

      11. By submitting images to The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country Photography Competition, each entrant confirms and warrants that:

  • they are the sole author of each entry and that it is their original work;
  • they own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image;
  • they have the permission of anyone pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and will indemnify The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement;
  • they have not licensed or disposed of any rights in the image that would conflict with uses to be made by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country; and
  • they have received any necessary permissions from the owner(s) of objects including buildings included in submitted images for the usage rights required by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and will indemnify The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement.

       12. By submitting a photograph to this Competition entrants agree that The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country reserves the right to free reproduction and exhibition the image in all media and across all platforms to promote the Trust’s work. Photographers will be credited wherever an image is used. The copyright of photographs remains with the photographer.

       13. If you are under the age of 18 you must have permission to enter from your parent or guardian. By submitting an entry for the competition, your parent/carer/guardian is deemed to have given such consent and to agree to the use of the entry as described in these terms and conditions.

       14. All images must be taken in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton.

       15. Images of wildlife must be taken in the natural environment or in their natural habitat. Images of wildlife taken in captivity, domesticated or restrained in any way, will not be eligible, neither will images of species that have been artificially cultivated or reared.

       16. The welfare of the wildlife subject of any photograph is of greater importance than the photograph itself – entries which show evidence of undue disturbance or stress imparted on the subject by the photographer will be disqualified. Please take care to avoid damage to the environment in the process of your photography.

       17. Digital adjustments are acceptable; the way in which any digital enhancement or editing has been used will be taken into account when judging the entry. However, major changes of content are not allowed.

       18. Judges appointed by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country will select the winner. The organiser’s decision on all matters relating to the Competition is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the Competition’s judges and organisation. Due to the high number of entries individual feedback is not possible.

       19. Prizes are non-transferable

       20. A list of prize winners will be available on the Trust website.

       21. All entries are sent at the photographer’s risk. The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country regret that they cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any images entered in the competition (howsoever caused) nor for any other loss or damage resulting therefrom.