Our 2021 photography competition is now open!

Our 2021 photography competition is now open!

View across the Somerset Levels at sunrise from Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury, Somerset, England, UK - Guy Edwardes/2020VISION

Calling all nature lovers! We need your photos of Cheshire’s wonderful wildlife and landscapes for our 2021 calendar which goes on sale later this year.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust has launched a competition to find 12 stunning images for our 2021 calendar - and we need YOUR photos!

Check for wildlife in your garden or head out into our beautiful countryside and start snapping. From birds to butterflies and gardens to nature reserves, we're looking for the special creatures and wild places you can find in our fabulous region.

Amaze us with the ladybirds in your garden, migrating wildfowl, macro spiders, flowers carpeting a woodland floor, colourful fungi, meadow butterflies or a sleeping hedgehog in the park. Show us the wild places that are special to you. It could be high on the hills, deep in the woods or your favourite urban nature spot.

Long-tail tits

2020 Calendar winner!
The overall winner – which features on the cover and for the month of July - long-tailed tits at Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve, Warrington by Andy Weir.

What do I win?

There can only be 12 winners and each of these wins a full page A4 position in our calendar as well as a copy of the calendar. The overall winner will see their photo on the front cover of the calendar and will also feature in The Grebe magazine, our weekly e-newsletter and on Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s website and social media.

12 runner up photos will be featured throughout the calendar.

Keep up to date with us through our Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram.

Who are the judges?

The competition will be judged by our Vice-President and award-winning photographer Ben Hall and editor of Your WildLife members’ magazine, Jen Shutt.

How do I enter?

You can send your images to us (a maximum of six per photographer) by email. For email entries, download an entry form by clicking the attachment below, and email it, together with your images, to calendar@cheshirewt.org.uk

Email size should not exceed 10MB so you may need to send multiple emails.

Closing date: Sunday 31st May 2020

Image size: Images should be landscape and MUST be 300dpi, 12"x8" (A4) jpg images. Images not submitted at this size cannot be considered.

So what are you waiting for?  Head outside and start snapping...or sit down with a cuppa and start choosing your entries.

Terms and Conditions

  • Images must be accompanied by an entry form where the entrant signs to agree to their use by Cheshire Wildlife Trust as described. Photographers will always be credited.
  • Images should be landscape and MUST be 300dpi, 12"x8" (A4) jpg images.
  • Images not submitted at this size cannot be considered.
  • Images must have been taken in Cheshire and locations noted (Covers Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral, Halton, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford)
  • A maximum of six images per person can be entered into the competition.
  • Judges will be looking for 'natural' photos so entrants should avoid too much post-processing and the use of post-camera effects.
  • Winners will be contacted in July and announced in our Autumn members’ magazine and on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Don’t forget

If you're out taking photos don't forget the welfare of the subject is top priority. Don’t stress a subject just for a photo; the wildlife is more important than the image.

Make sure you stay on paths or within designated areas.

                         Our 2020 competition winners

Wherever you watch nature, make sure you've got your camera to capture it.