Ju­lian Gard­ner photo award opens

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En­tries are now open for the an­nual pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion, run by the Game and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust (GWCT). The Ju­lian Gard­ner award gives am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers the chance to cap­ture the UK coun­try­side, in­clud­ing peo­ple who live/ work there, game, wildlife, habi­tats and land­scapes.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which has an adult and a ju­nior cat­e­gory, was launched five years ago in mem­ory of Ju­lian Gard­ner, a Sus­sex farmer and life­long sup­porter of the GWCT who was trag­i­cally killed while de­fend­ing his prop­erty in Oc­to­ber 2010.

The win­ner of the adult cat­e­gory will be awarded a sculp­ture of a hare, and the cham­pion of the ju­nior cat­e­gory – for chil­dren aged 16 and un­der – will be pre­sented a sculp­ture of a lev­eret.

The images will be judged by a panel on com­po­si­tion, orig­i­nal­ity and tech­ni­cal abil­ity, with the top three pho­to­graphs from each sec­tion be­ing printed in the GWCT mem­bers’ mag­a­zine, Game­wise, and fea­tured on its web­site.

James Swyer, who is the mag­a­zine’s or­gan­iser and edi­tor, said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic com­pe­ti­tion in mem­ory of a great man who was an ar­dent sup­porter of the Trust and its work.

“Each year, the com­pe­ti­tion seems to grow in pop­u­lar­ity and we are spoilt by the great se­lec­tion of pho­tos which are sub­mit­ted. “I have no doubt that this year will be no dif­fer­ent, and we very much look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing the en­tries – and then hav­ing

the dif­fi­culty of judg­ing them.” Any­one wish­ing to take part should email a max­i­mum of two pho­to­graphs to pho­to­com­pe­ti­tion@gwct. org.uk by 30 April 2018.

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