Photography Competition

Thursday 15th June 2017

Great crested grebe at Essex Wildlife Trust Stanford Warren. Pic: Robin Lowry

Welcome to our Photography Competition 2017!

Big, varied and home to millions, be it people or wildlife: Essex is a productive hunting ground for photographers seeking to capture that perfect picture.

Our competition has six categories. We are inviting individual entrants to submit a maximum of three entries, distributed among the categories however they wish. No single image may be entered into more than one category. Pictures must have been taken in Essex, in 2017. Categories are as follows:

Badgers to Barn Owls, Oysters to Oystercatchers, Man Orchids to Painted Ladies … take your pick from the array of wildlife to be seen in Essex.

Few counties can rival Essex’s dramatically different landscapes, be it ancient woodland or mighty estuary, urban sprawl or picture-postcard villages, heathland or seaside, to name just a few.

Our beautiful county
We all know that Essex is a thing of beauty. But that is not its reputation nationally - we’re looking for lovely pictures, with a wildlife or conservation theme, that help dispel the myth.

Unexpected Essex
Surprise us with a wildlife angle unusual for our county.

EWT to a tee
Images here must be taken on one of Essex Wildlife Trust’s 87 nature reserves and 2 nature parks, or at one of our 11 visitor centres. Wildlife, people or landscapes … it’s up to you.

Young photographer
For children aged 8-16: pictures of any Essex wildlife.

Please email your entries individually to, making it clear which category each image is entered for. Please include your name and where you come from. Please ensure that each image is no smaller than 1MB and no greater than 4MB in size (we can always contact entrants individually if we would like a higher resolution version).

A panel of judges, including renowned wildlife photographer, Russell Savory, and Essex Wildlife Trust CEO, Andrew Impey, will choose six category winners, six category runners-up, and one overall winner. The overall winner will receive £250 and a trophy, with each category winner receiving a shield and each runner-up a certificate.

The competition will run until 31 October 2017, with prize-winners announced in November and a prize-giving event held later that month.

  • Thank you to the gererous support of Olympus KeyMed, an Essex Wildlife Trust corporate Investor in Wildlife, who have sponsored the competition.