Get Creative for Vultures!

Last year, we asked our visitors to get creative for International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD), encouraging all budding writers and poets amongst our followers to get in touch and share their work inspired by vultures or our work to support these endangered birds.

The competition was well received, producing some fantastic entries that moved us all at the Trust. Choosing a winner was tricky but in the end, Dave Winship was declared the winner of our adult category and Martha was crowned the winner in the junior category. Read their winning entries.

We had such a great response last year that we have decided to run the competition again, though with the addition of being open to submissions from artists as well! Enter this year as part of our IVAD activities and tell us, or show us how you feel about vultures. This competition is open to your creative interpretation, including poetry, short stories, drawings and paintings, sculptures, singing or dancing.

Does the Vulture crisis concern you; what emotions engulf you when you think about these birds and their struggle for survival? Is it their behaviour and looks or their reputation that intrigues you? Maybe it is the terrible threats that affect them which are causing their rapid declines that really worries you. Or, are you just so inspired by one of the Trust’s projects that you want to put pen to paper and tell the world about it? Vultures inspire us to work harder and do all that we can to help them. We would love to hear how you feel about vultures; we are excited to see what creativity these incredible birds provoke in you. The focus can be on any element you wish that relates to vultures. So, have a think about what it is about these fascinating birds that inspire the inner writer, poet or artist in you!

Entries will be judged by our resident vulture brain, Dr Campbell Murn, and inspiration to the next generation, Miriam Nicholls. They will select a winner in both the adult and junior category who will each receive:

Interested in entering? Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Written entries should be limited to one side of A4. Paintings, drawings and sculptures can be any size but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to bring it to the Trust. Performance-based entries should be entered as video links.
  2. All entries in the junior category (for those aged 16 and under) should include your name and age.
  3. All entries to the adult category should include your name and that you are entering the adult category.
  4. Please send your entries to info@vultureday.org or ‘Vulture Competition, Hawk Conservancy Trust, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY’.
  5. Physical entries can be collected from the Trust after the competition.
  6. Entries must be received by midnight on Sunday 15 September 2019.
  7. All entries must include contact details and whether you are happy for your work and name to be published should you be selected as the winner.
  8. You may submit as many entries as you like.

Good luck!

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