(Above) Heron by James Jeffries age 9, (Below) Hawk Moth by Felix Littlechild age 14
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is encouraging more young people to get out and experience wildlife with a digital photograph competition.
In loving memory of Pat Dolbear
Created by Ken Dolbear, in loving memory of his wife, the Pat Dolbear Photographic Award is aimed and getting young people to take a second look at the wildlife around them, particularly mini beasts and insects, which are so often ignored.
The competition is open to anyone under 18 who has taken a wildlife picture on their phone or camera in Dorset.
Win up to £25 of Amazon vouchers
Each month the panel of judges picks the best images, taking into account photographic quality, rarity of the creature and creativity. Prizes of up to £25 in Amazon vouchers are awarded to one or more young photographers, who have proved their photographic talent to the judges.
Joy Wallis, Community Conservation Officer for DWT said “Using your camera or mobile to record anything unusual you spot in your garden, school grounds or when exploring the countryside is a wonderful way to encourage you to really look for what you can find around you, often literally under your nose! We are really grateful to Ken Dolbear for his continued sponsorship of this competition and some excellent wildlife spotting has been recorded as a result.”
Find wildlife on your doorstep
Now is a great time to submit wildlife snaps from the summer holidays, or take some images of summer changing into autumn. DWT is always keen to hear about the wildlife you spot where you live and our Wildlife on Your Doorstep scheme gives you an easy way to identify and record the wildlife you see in your garden. To get your pack and start recording click here
Enter the monthly photo competition
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. Try and identify it if you can!
Winners will be notified by email and all the entries can be seen by clicking 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.