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Calling all photographers!

Have you taken any striking images of our beautiful residents or wild birds of prey? Enter your images into our annual competition for the chance to win a four night holiday* in Almogia, Southern Spain for up to six people and to have your photo displayed at the Trust.

We are looking for high quality images with great composition which fit into the following categories:

  1. Portrait – portrait of a Hawk Conservancy Trust bird of prey
  2. Action – resident Trust birds of prey in action
  3. Working relationship between a member of Trust staff and a bird of prey (or Trust animal) in any location where the Trust is actively working
  4. Flora and fauna – wildflowers, shrubs, plants, trees, insects, mammals, wildlife and the sculptures around the Trust grounds (excludes birds of prey)
  5. In the wild – wild (non-captive/non-Trust) birds of prey in their natural settings
  6. Impression – we’re after photos that you feel sum up a visit to the Trust.

Please note: by entering this competition you take full responsibility for obtaining permission from all people included in your photograph (if their faces are visible).

*a four night break in Almogia, Southern Spain for up to six people. This prize excludes flights, insurance and any additional extras. The holiday must be taken during 2018 and cannot be taken during peak season (school holidays and July/August)

How to enter

  1. Purchase your entry from our shop.
  2. Register to create your account.
  3. Login to your account.
  4. Once logged in you will be asked for the receipt number from your entry purchase.
  5. You can then upload your images for the current month (up to twelve per month), as well as labelling them and choosing which categories they fit in to.
  6. Upload images and save.
  7. You can log back in to your account to add additional images to your entry at any time but please be aware that you will only be able to amend and add entries for the current month.
  8. Take a look at your images in our Photographic Competition Gallery.

The Prizes

A winning and highly commended photograph will be selected for each of the above categories as well as an overall winner selected from the six category winners.

Overall Winner
  • A four day holiday in Almogia, Southern Spain for up to six people (excluding flights) as kindly donated by Kate and Bill Geddes.
    This prize excludes flights, insurance and any additional extras. The holiday must be taken during 2018 and cannot be taken during peak season (school holidays and July/August)
  • A half day photographic experience at the Trust
  • A 2019 calendar showcasing all winning and highly commended images. The overall winner’s image will be displayed on the cover of this calendar.
  • Your winning image will be part of a display exhibition in Feathers Restaurant
  • A framed copy of your winning image
Category Winners
  • A half day photographic experience at the Trust
  • A 2019 calendar showcasing all winning and highly commended images
  • Your winning image will be part of a display exhibition in Feathers Restaurant
  • A framed copy of your winning image
Highly Commended
  • A 2019 calendar showcasing all winning and highly commended images
  • Your winning image will be part of a display exhibition in Feathers Restaurant
  • A framed copy of your winning image

The Judges

The overall winner will be selected by TV presenter, zoologist and president of the Hawk Conservancy Trust, Chris Packham. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2018, following the close of the competition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please take a look through the below questions before you submit your entries. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

All photos should be saved as JPEGs and should be saved with a filename that includes your name, the date it was taken and your caption. Please do not add copyright details to your image.

How should I save my images?

No, you can only enter an image once and in one category.

My image fits into more than one category; can I enter it into both?

No, all photos entered into the 2017 Photographic Competition must have been captured in 2017.

I took a brilliant photo last year, can I enter it now?

Your image will be displayed in the online Photographic Competition gallery until the close of the competition. Should it be selected as a winning or highly commended image, it will be used in the 2019 Hawk Conservancy Trust Calendar. It will also be displayed in Feathers Restaurant as part of a photography exhibition of all winning images and cards displaying your image will be on sale in the Hawk Conservancy Trust shop.

By entering your images into the competition, you give the Hawk Conservancy Trust a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the images for any purpose including, but not limited to, the following purposes: judging the competition, display of winning entries held at the Trust, inclusion into the BIAZA photographic competition, inclusion within Trust marketing and promotional material and for use in Trust merchandise. The Trust reserves the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media any entry, without payment, for the sole purpose of the Trust and its promotion and publicity. Should the Trust use any image for promotional or other purposes every effort will be made to give credit to the photographer (where possible).

What will you do with my images if I enter them into this competition?

2016 Photographic Competition Results

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2016 Photographic Competition; you certainly gave our judges a tough time!

Take a look at the winning and highly commended images from each of the six categories on our results page. The overall winner of the competition, as selected by Trust President Chris Packham, will be announced at our Members’ Night on Saturday 17 June.

Did you know?
The oldest wild Common Buzzard recorded in the UK was more than 25 years old.
©2017 Hawk Conservancy Trust