Terms & Conditions


Any photographs which are submitted and considered by the organisers not to be within the rules will not be judged.


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.

Awards and Publicity

The Overall Winners prize is given to the photographer whose photograph is judged to be the most outstanding and memorable of all the entries. They will be awarded a first prize of £250 (in addition to their prize of category winner) and a framed A3 print of their photograph.

Winners and runners up of each of the individual competition categories will also receive great prizes from our sponsors and a certificate.

Winners and runners up will be announced at an awards event in the Great North Museum: Hancock that will take place in July 2017.

The winning pictures and best entries will be displayed in the Great North Museum: Hancock (Newcastle upon Tyne) during July-Sept 2017. After this some of the pictures will tour to other venues across the North East and could be on display for several years.

The winning entries will also be displayed on the websites of the organisers and could also be featured in the regional press and media.

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

The organisers will not share details of any entrants or voters with any third party without their permission, although prize winners’ details will be released to the media.

Copyright and permissions

By submitting images to the competition, each entrant guarantees that:

  1. They are the owner of each image and that it is their original work;
  2. They own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image;
  3. They have the permission of any person pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required by the organisers;
  4. they have not licensed or disposed of any rights in the image that would conflict with uses to be made by the organisers.

By entering the competition, each entrant grants the organisers a non-exclusive license to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose directly connected with the competition. This may include, but is not limited to: exhibition displays; use on websites; for use in press releases giving information about the competition.

Entrants agree that the organisers can provide images to the media for reproduction in connection with the competition and exhibition only.

The organisers will make a reasonable effort to ensure that name credits are given to any photograph published in any medium but we cannot guarantee media will publish these.

Free use of any photograph submitted to the competition will not be permitted by the organisers outside of the scope of the competition and exhibition. However the organisers may contact you after the competition about the future use of images submitted to the competition.

Entrants retain the copyright to images submitted.

The organisers reserve the right to refuse any entries from the competition for any reason.


By entering the competition each entrant will be deemed to be bound by the Terms & Conditions above. The organisers reserve the right to change any of the above Terms & Conditions without prior notice. Any entrant breaching the Terms & Conditions will be disqualified. If a breach has occurred, but is discovered after the award of a prize, then the organisers will request the return of that prize.

The organisers bear no responsibility for loss, damage or injury incurred as a result of taking part in the competition and awards.


The organisers are:
Durham Wildlife Trust
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
Alan Hewitt Photography
Natural History Society of Northumbria
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

(For the purposes of this competition, employees of these organisations are considered to be any person employed by, a partner in business or acting as a charity trustee or board member for any one of these organisations between October 2016 and June 2017).