Photography Competition 2022

A short-eared owl in flight over Burwell Fen, looking down

Short-eared owl hunting over Burwell Fen by Hedley Wright
1st prize - Photography Competition 2021

Photography Competition

The 2022 competition has now closed

Photography Competition 2022

Our 2022 competition for photos taken of wildlife and wild places in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire is now open for entries, sponsored this year by Canon UK in association with Campkins Cameras and supported by Opticron.

The competition is open to all ages and the theme for this year's competition is 'Nature from every angle'. Judged anonymously, the top three winning photographers will bag prizes generously supplied by Canon UK and Opticron. The top 24 images will be published in our 2023 Calendar, on sale towards the end of 2022. (You can buy the 2022 calendar online now!)

The 2022 competition has now closed. 

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1st Prize: Canon EOS 850D camera with EF-s 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, RSP £1,249.99
​​2nd Prize: Canon PowerShot ZOOM monocular camera, RSP £299.99
PLUS £200 worth of optical equipment from Opticron
3rd Prize: £200 worth of optical equipment from Opticron


Nature from every angle


  • Sarah Lambert, previous competition winner, experienced Ecologist and photographer 
  • Owen Howell, owner of Campkins’ Cameras
  • Chris Galvin of Opticron
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A row of black-headed gulls

'Waiting for summer' by David Jackson
2021 Photography Competition finalist


2022 Calendar

Our 2022 calendar is an ideal gift for anyone passionate about local wildlife. It features the winning photographs from the 2021 Photography Competition of wildlife and the landscape from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire - and for just £10 + P&P. All proceeds go towards supporting our work looking after wildlife and wild places.

Get your copy

The winners of the 2021 Photography Competition

1st Prize: Hedley Wright
2nd & 3rd Prize: Colin Bradshaw

Congratulations also to the following photographers, whose pictures have also been chosen to feature in our 2022 calendar: Victoria Bowers, Daniel Brand, Lester Cooper, Faye Dunmall, Carl Everitt, Mike Harris, Leo Hilier, Matthew Irons, David Jackson, James Littlewood, William Parkinson, Kevin Pigney, John Pitts, Thomas Roberts, Jack Marcus Smith, Simon Stirrup, Magdalena Toruj, Mark Tyrrell and Rahul Walawalkar. 

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The 2022 calendar featuring all the winning images is now available to purchase from our online shop or at our Nene Wetlands visitor centre, for just £10 + P&P

Judged anonymously, the competition celebrates the wildlife and wild places of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Free to enter, it was for photographs taken anywhere in our three counties and was open to all ages. We were delighted to be supported in 2021 by Opticron who provided the top two prizes, and WTBCN Corporate Members Campkins Cameras who provided the third place prize. 

Huge thanks to everyone who entered.

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