1.0 General Rules
2.0 Eligible photographs
3.0 Resizing your photograph(s) for submission
4.0 Digital enhancements
5.0 Submitting your photograph(s)
6.0 Young persons category
7.0 Large file submission
8.0 Prints

Important Note:

Digital photographs and scans are submitted into the competition using the upload facility on this website. Prints can also be submitted by post, please see below (8.0) for further information. Up until the closing date of 15th May 2017 all submitted photographs are for initial shortlisting only.

To reduce the traffic and strain on our website we have two seperate upload facilities, one is for photographs taken with a mobile smart device, for example, an iPhone and is for entries submitted into the Mobile Nature Category only.

The other is for photographs taken with a camera, these must be saved as a JPG and be less than 800kb in file size. Full resolution versions will be requested once shortlisting is complete.

1.0 General Rules

1.1 The competition is open to anyone except employees of the organisers.

1.2 The welfare of the wildlife subject of any photograph is of greater importance than the photograph itself. Entries which show evidence of disturbance or distress to the subject will be disqualified. Please take care to avoid harming the environment in the process of your photography.

1.3 Entrants retain overall copyright to their photographs.

1.4 Judges appointed by the organisers will choose the winners. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The judges will assess entries and agree a shortlist which will be judged by a panel. You may be contacted to supply a high-resolution file or print. Failure to produce a high-resolution file within a designated time period could eliminate an entrant from the shortlist.

1.5 Finalists agree to take part in post-competition publicity, for example attendance at an awards event.

2.0 Eligible Photographs

2.1 Photographs must have been taken in the North East region which is the area covered by Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Durham, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar & Cleveland.

2.2 Photographs must be of wildlife, i.e. not in captivity or restricted in any way. Images can be of native or migrant wild species or of non-native wild species that reside permanently in the UK (eg Pheasant or Grey Squirrel). Wildlife and plants photographed in a studio setting or a captive environment or cultivated are not eligible and neither is exotic wildlife photographed in zoos, safari parks or similar locations, domestic pets or farm animals.

2.3 Photographs must not have been submitted to another photography competition where significant prizes, including money, were awarded or made available for sale (including stock library submission) at the time you enter them.

3.0 Resizing your photograph(s) for submission (Does not apply to Mobile Nature Category).

3.1 Your photograph(s) must be resized before submission. Be careful not to save your original photograph by accident into your resized submission file as you may not be able to retrieve it. Remember to keep backup copies of your original files safe and only work on a copy of the original.

3.2 Photographs must be resized to be no longer than 1024 pixels on the longest side and no more than 800kb in file size (at a resolution of 72 dpi). They must be saved as JPG file (.JPG). The website will reject any photographs larger than 800kb or not saved as a jpg.

3.3 Scanned photographs must be submitted as above.

4.0 Digital enhancements

4.1 Do not digitally enhance or alter photographs beyond the basics needed to achieve realistic colour balance, contrast and sharpness. Removal of sensor dust and other artefacts is acceptable but if you have digitally added anything or removed anything else do not submit the photograph. Remember this is a natural history photography competition not a PhotoShop competition! Our judges scrutinise every photograph and if they feel it is deceptive they will disqualify it.

4.2 Dodging and burning is acceptable if it is done with subtlety and does not detract from reality.

4.3 Adjustments to colour saturation and contrast are allowed. Remember excessive saturation and contrast adjustments will make photographs look unnatural.

4.4 Cropping is allowed but take care not to use it excessively as it will degrade overall image quality. Try not to use an excessive crop as a substitute for not being able to get close enough to your subject. Remember any crop still needs to have sufficient resolution to be printed for the exhibition if your photograph is succesful. We recommend a minimum of 8 megapixels, or as a guideline approximately 3,500 pixels longest side is recommending depending on the overall proportions.

4.5 Resizing a photograph to make it smaller inevitably leads to a little softness. Please remember to apply some subtle sharpening to your photographs prior to submission but take care. Excessive sharpening looks false and you cannot make an out-of-focus photograph look in-focus by excessive sharpening.

4.6 Black & white / monotone / sepia photographs may be entered in to the category which the photographer feels is appropriate for the subject. Please consider all of the above guidelines when preparing your black & white photograph(s).

4.7 Photographs should not be watermarked.

5.0 Submitting your photographs

5.1 There are two seperate submission methods. One is specifically for photographs from smart devices such as mobile phones which are being entered into the ‘Mobile Nature’ category.

5.2 You can submit a maximum of 6 photographs across all categories, not 6 per category. If more than 6 photographs are submitted from any one person only the first six received will be eligible for short-listing. The remainder will be deleted.

5.3 The photograph submission form must be completed for each photograph. Please note that including your telephone number may make it easier for us to get in touch with you if your photograph is shortlisted and we need to contact you. If any of your photographs are shortlisted and we cannot get in touch with you by email or telephone your photograph we may not be able to consider them for further judging.

6.0 Young person’s category

6.1 Only photographs which were taken when the person was aged 16 or under can be entered in to this category.

6.2 Persons entering this category must provide their date of birth for each submission.

7.0 Large file submission

7.1 After the competition closing date of 15th May 2016, photographers who have images shortlisted for further judging may be contacted and asked to submit their high resolution files for further consideration. Please note that a request to provide a high resolution file does not constitute success at this stage, however short-listed entries are displayed as a slide-show in the exhibition.

8.0 Prints

8.1 Prints can be submitted by post to the following address:

Steve Ashton
North East Wildlife Photography Competition
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
Margrove Heritage Centre
TS12 3BZ

8.2 The back of each print must be complete with your name, address, telephone number and email address, where the photograph was taken, if you are a member of the Natural History Society or Durham, Northumberland or Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, which competition category you are entering the photograph in and the title. If the print is being entered into the young person’s category as per 6.0 the date of birth must also be added.

8.3 Please note that we cannot return prints once the competition has finished.