Following the success of last year’s first North East Wildlife Photography Competition, Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley Wildlife Trusts have again joined forces with the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) the Great North Museum: Hancock and Hawk’s Head Photography to host the 2014 competition.
The competition attracted a total of 1,174 entries and left our panel of judges which this year included Ross Hutchinson ITV Weatherman, Sam Lee, folk singer and keen wildlife photographer and Tony Henderson, The Journal Environment highly impressed by the quality of submissions, and the final awards ceremony at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle proved to be a real winner.
This year, there were six competition categories to enter: wildlife portraits, wildlife in action, wildlife in the landscape, young person’s, art in nature, with each category winner, and runner-up, receiving a great prize and an overall winner being selected from one of the categories for the main prize of £250 which was provided by Nestlé, Fawdon.
James Littlewood, Director of the Natural History Society of Northumbria and competition organiser said: “Advances in modern cameras have made it possible for anybody to take good photos and enter the competition which is wonderful.
“Most of the winning images are of species which are not rare - they are quite common throughout the region and can be easily spotted in local parks and back gardens which really does re-enforce the message that wonderful wildlife is on everybody’s doorstep.”
Northumberland based Northern Experience Wildlife Tours has donated the prize for the winner of the Junior Category - a bespoke wildlife photography day for the winner and an adult at a location of their choice in the region.
Martin Kitching, experienced wildlife photographer and senior guide with the company and one of this years’ judges said: “As an organisation, Northern Experience Wildlife Tours thinks it is really important to support young people starting out on the road of wildlife photography, so we are delighted to be offering the bespoke photography day.
“I have been involved with the North East Wildlife Photography Competition for the past two years and, prior to that, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Photography Competition for five years before that, and each year I am more and more impressed with the quality of the photographs submitted and this year was no exception.”
Mike Pratt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Chief Executive said: “This year’s competition attracted the most entries so far and it is wonderful to think that they reflect the wildlife gems in our region which our organisation works tirelessly to protect.
“I would like to thank all the people who took time to go out and take their photos and enter them and the judges who put time aside to cast their expert eyes over them - not a quick task due to their impressive quality.”