Online woodland database VisitWoods is holding a Photography Competition. VisitWoods (which I've posted about before) is a publicly funded web project designed to encourage greater awareness about British woods. The competition is a way of encouraging people to find out more about their native woodlands and to get out and share photos of their explorations.
Jillian Donnachie from VisitWoods.org.uk says that the judges of this the first VisitWoods Photography Competition will be looking for photos that make British woods and trees "special".
"We will be looking for images that portray the beauty, atmosphere, fun, environmental value and sheer splendour of our woods and trees," she said.
The final entries will be judged by wildlife photographer and television presenter Simon King.
"My whole life has been spent in the great outdoors and there's simply nothing more inspiring. I'd encourage everyone to enter the VisitWoods Photography Competition as it's a great way to get up close and personal with trees, woods and nature and more importantly appreciate their value," says King.
There are four separate categories for people to enter:
- People and Leisure
- Ancient Woods and Modern Wonders
- Nature and Wildlife
- Scenery and Seasons.
As well as the kudos of winning, there are prizes.
The overall winner will receive £250 and a three night hotel stay courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton, with the three remaining category winners receiving £150.
The winning photographs will also be published on both Visitwoods.org.uk and Simon King's wildlifewhisperer.tv website.
Photographs must feature woodland as its subject, or be taken within woodland. All woods must be found on the VisitWoods website. Photos must be uploaded to the particular wood's page on the website to be eligible.
The closing date is 30 June 2012. For more information and tips on how to take the best pictures go to VisitWoods.org.uk/photography.