(Above) Duke of Burgundy © Andrew Cooper (Below) Agrion Demoiselle © Lara Hillier; Hawk Moth © Felix Littlechild; Heron © James Jeffries
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is encouraging more young people to go outside this summer and enter the Pat Dolbear digital photograph competition, with their up-close snapshots of wildlife.
Set up in September 2012 by Ken Dolbear MBE, in loving memory of his late wife, the Pat Dolbear Photographic Award specifically aims to get young people enjoying the wildlife around them by inviting them to take pictures of all the weird and wonderful wildlife they see.
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The competition is open to anyone under 18 who has taken a wildlife picture on their phone or camera. Each month a panel of judges picks the best images, based on photographic creativity, photographic quality and rarity of the creature. Prizes of up to £20 in Amazon vouchers will be awarded to young photographers who demonstrate their wildlife photographic talent to the judges.
Ken Dolbear says, “We set up the photograph competition in the hope it would stimulate the younger generation to look, see, photograph and understand the wonderful world of nature; particularly insects, which are the basis for all life on Earth. I hope the competition will encourage young people to go out and explore the natural world around them.”
Some top tips...
Ken is also offering some tips to get the perfect photo: “When out taking photos it’s important to move slowly and steadily, and try not to make any sudden movements. Be sure to check any hedgerows for insects hiding in the foliage- flowers are also great places to get pictures of them feeding. Remember to take several shots of your subject to guarantee you get the perfect shot. Creatures like Butterflies can be quite difficult to photograph and are susceptible to movement, but are often much more approachable in the evening when you can get some fantastic photos of them basking in the warmth of the setting sun.”
To enter the Pat Dolbear Photographic Award, send photos to including your name and age and some detail about when and where the photo was taken.
For more information or to see some of the previous entries click here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.