Prizes & Sponsors

The overall winner will receive a cheque for £250 and there will be prizes for the winner, runner-up and highly commended images in each category – that’s a lot of prizes! All of the prize-winning images will be displayed at the Great North Museum: Hancock during the summer of 2017 and then on tour around the region. In previous years the winning images have also been featured in local newspapers and magazines.

The organisers of the North East Wildlife Photography Competition are incredibly grateful to all of the sponsors who have kindly donated a range of fantastic prizes. Thank you!

Nestlé UK, part of the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company. In the north east, Nestlé’s Fawdon site is part of their overall biodiversity programme and has a butterfly meadow as well as a developing wildlife corridor. Nestlé have kindly donated a financial prize as well as a significant contribution towards the cost of running the competition.
Nestlé, ‘Protecting Natural Capital’

London Camera Exchange (Newcastle)
London Camera Exchange are a national chain of camera shops. Their Newcastle store on Gosforth High Street have kindly donated a £250 voucher. Staff from the store will also be present at the awards event in July to demonstrate and offer advice on a range of camera equipment.
London Camera Exchange

Opticron is a family-owned business with over forty years’ experience in consumer optics. They specialise in delivering the best solution to wildlife enthusiasts irrespective of age, budget or experience. Opticron have very kindly sponsored the competition by donating a pair of Savanna WP 8×30 and their new Traveller BGA Mg 8×32 Black Edition binoculars.

Alan Hewitt Photography
Alan is a wildlife photographer, writer and photography workshop leader based in Northumberland. He writes for Digital Photographer, Wild Planet Photo, Wildlife Photographic and Bird Watching magazines. He runs photography workshops in the north east of England and farther afield in Kenya’s Masai Mara too. Alan is also one of the organising partners and a judge for the North East Wildlfe Photography Competition and has donated a photography workshop gift voucher.
Alan Hewitt Photography

Serenity Farne Islands Tours
Serenity Farne Islands boat tours sail all year round to the Farne Islands, one of Britain’s most spectacular wildlife habitats. They offer different trips with an onboard naturalist throughout the year from landings, photography trips, whale watching to ‘sail arounds’. Serenity have kindly donated 3 prizes to the competition, 2 Farne Islands tours, each for two people and a sunset cruise also for two.
Serenity Farne Islands Boat Tours

The three Wildlife Trusts in the north east exist to protect wildlife and habitats within the region and to educate people about nature conservation. They manage over 100 nature reserves and run projects that help threatened species, from red squirrels to water voles. They work in partnership with landowners, local authorities, companies, local communities and other organisations to reconnect, restore and recreate landscapes and the marine environment for the benefit of both wildlife and people.
Durham Wildlife Trust
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

Simon Berry Optometrist is a community based, independent opticians who cater for all age groups and give a personal service to match each individual’s needs. They offer a comprehensive range of optical products ranging from spectacle frames and designer sunglasses to microscopes and night vision scopes. Simon Berry Optometrists have kindly donated a Trail camera.
Simon Berry Optometrist

Newcastle based professional photo lab offering 60 years of expertise behind their state of the art printing service. Digitalab have kindly donated a framed A3 print for the overall winner of their winning photograph.

Natural History Society of Northumbria – Founded in 1829 the Society is one of the oldest natural history societies in the world. They work to encourage the study and exploration of the natural world, protect the flora and fauna of northeast England and care for their natural history library and collections in the Great North Museum: Hancock. They have donated 1 year’s free family membership which gives you access to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve in Newcastle, access to education courses and all their talks, field trips, events and activities as well as a regular newsletter.
Natural History Society of Northumbria

Naturetrek operates the largest selection of professionally organised, expert-led wildlife holidays and tours in the world. They’ve been organising specialist wildlife tours for over 25 years. NatureTrek have kindly donated a £250 voucher.

Visit Kielder
Kielder Water & Forest Park brings you nature on a grander scale. The views are bigger, the night sky brighter, the sports wilder and the smiles wider. It’s home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England. They have kindly donated a Day Pass to Leaplish Waterside Park which includes an osprey ferry cruise and a game of crazy golf for 4.
Visit Kielder

Environmental Records Information Centre for the North East of England.
The Environmental Records Information Centre (ERIC) North East is the biological records centre for our region. They collect records of all species found in the North East and hold them on a database. Records are supplied by the public, amateur naturalists and researchers. The data is used for research, planning and nature conservation by a range of government agencies, local authorities and researchers. Based at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle. ERIC have kindly donated £100 to the school of the winner of the Young Person’s category.

Bird Watching magazine is dedicated to bringing you everything you need for a perfect month of bird watching. Brilliant photography, exciting locations, expert product tests, informative identification guides and all the latest bird sightings. Just add binoculars for your ultimate bird watching experience. Bird Watching Magazine have kindly donated an annual subscription.
Bird Watching Magazine

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours offer exclusive, guided, birdwatching, photography and wildlife tours, holidays and tuition, based in Northumberland, the North Pennines and the Scottish Borders. Northern Experience Wildlife Tours have kindly donated two bespoke photography workshops.
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours

The wildlife photography centre is set in the beautiful landscape of the River Tamar valley near the town of Launceston on the border of Devon and Cornwall. With over 16 years of experience with wildlife film makers and photographers the centre has created a series of purpose-built wildlife photography and film sets for British mammals. Westcountry Wildlife Photography Centre has kindly donated a photography workshop.
Westcountry Wildlife Photography Centre

Vine House Farm grows over 400 acres of bird food including black sunflowers, red millet, white millet, canary seed, naked oats, wheat and oil seed rape. They directly support the UK Wildlife Trusts and give 5% of their takings to them. Their work and the way they operate has been rewarded with a number of prestigious awards including the Silver Lapwing Award for long term commitment to farmland conservation. They have kindly donated a large bag of bird feed.
Vine House Farm

BBC Wildlife Magazine is the No.1 paid for wildlife magazine. It is a celebration of the natural world and aims to inspire readers with the sheer wonder and beauty of nature and help them understand and appreciate the truly amazing world around. Packed with fascinating and informative features written by experts and illustrated with award-winning photography, BBC Wildlife Magazine and are essential reading for anyone with a passion for wildlife. BBC Wildlife have kindly donated three annual subscriptions.
BBC Wildlife

Birding and wildlife watching holidays in Scotland and overseas. With more than two decades’ experience of running hugely successful wildlife watching holidays in Scotland and around the world, their knowledgeable guides provide great opportunities to get close to the birds and mammals you’ve always wanted to see. Speyside Wildlife have kindly donated 4 places in a wildlife viewing hide.
Speyside Wildlife

Fulton Umbrellas is the largest supplier of quality umbrellas and rainwear in the UK.
Quality is the cornerstone of their success, using only the highest specification materials and exacting engineering standards before beautifully hand finishing every product.
Fulton Umbrellas

Clifton Cameras is one of the UK’s leading independent digital camera dealer. Their range of products is vast and covers both new and used cameras, as well as all of the essential accessories you need. Including lenses, memory and storage solutions, tripods and studio lighting, to name but a few. Clifton Cameras guarantee a first class service from their friendly and knowledgeable staff before, during and after your purchase.
Clifton Cameras

If you’re an admirer of local wildlife and regularly have animal visitors to your garden then visit Feedem’s website for a selection of wild bird supplies. Your feathered guests are sure to love what they have to offer! Their range of wild bird supplies features a variety of well-known brands including Winston Wilds, Johnston & Jeff and Peckish and more. They offer free delivery on UK mainland orders over £45 and up to 32kg.