Entries sought for photo competition

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Britain’s leading wildlife research charity is encouraging amateur photographers to head outside and take a potentially prize-winning picture of the British countryside or wildlife.

Run by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), the Julian Gardner Award is now in its fourth year and is presented to the photographer who has most successfully encapsulated the beauty and wonder of British nature. The award is given in two categories – adult and 16-and-under – and is open to all amateur photographers from around the world, though the entries must have been taken in the UK.

Last year’s adult category winner was Shaun Barrow of Barnstaple, for his dramatic picture of a cuckoo, while Mairi Eyres of Llangedwyn captured the delicate image of a beetle that won the 16-and-under category.

The contest will be judged by Berwickshire’s award-winning wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell, GWCT advisor Peter Thompson and GWCT publications editor Louise Shervington, and the winner will be announced at the 2015 CLA Game Fair this summer.

The award is named after the Sussex farmer Julian Gardner who was tragically killed while defending his property in October 2010. The award is made possible by a generous donation from Julian’s family and friends.

The closing date for this year’s entries is Sunday, May 31. Further details and full competition rules can be found at www.gwct.org.uk/wildlife/the-julian-gardner-awards/