Photography Competition

Photography Competition

2020 competition deadline extended

Romantic Grebes by Simon Wantling.  Photography Competition 2019 1st Prize.

Photography Competition 2020

The Wildlife Trust BCN photography competition 2020, generously sponsored for the second year by Fujifilm UK Ltd, celebrates the wildlife and landscapes of our three counties and is now open for entries from anyone of any age. 

Send us your best nature or landscape photographs taken in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire or Northamptonshire on the theme of ‘Local Gems’ for your chance to win.

We've now added a new category for those who might be taking more photos at or near home – 'Garden and Home Gems' - and have extended our deadline to 20 May to give you a chance to take some more great shots, even though we're isolating at home.

Read the full terms and conditions online.


Winners are published in our 2021 calendar plus a top prize of £1500 worth of photographic equipment from sponsors Fujifilm UK. Second, third and 'Garden and Home Gem' category prizes of optical equipment are provided by Opticron.


Local Gems

NEW category: Garden and Home Gems


Simon Wantling

Many of you will be familiar with the winner of our two previous photography competitions, though Simon’s stunning work speaks for itself. Whilst his shots of owls have been universally praised, his work covers all sorts of wildlife. You can also catch him on his YouTube channel.

Sarah Lambert

A highly knowledgeable botanist, ecologist, blogger and photographer, Sarah has been highly acclaimed in photo competitions and is a nature photography workshop and nature tour leader. She is also a dedicated and invaluable to activities of the Peterborough Local Group of the Wildlife Trust BCN.

Opticron: Chris Galvin

Chris has worked for Opticron for over a decade, and will be a familiar face to many in the region. With a wide knowledge of wildlife, equipment and impressive portfolio himself of wildlife and gig photography, Chris has kindly been a judge for several years now.

Fujifilm UK

We will also be receiving judging input from a representative of the competition sponsors Fujifilm UK

Closing date – now extended

Noon, Wednesday 20 May 2020

Enter the competition using our online form

  Generously sponsored by

The winners of the 2019 competition

The winners of the 2019 Photography Competition, generously sponsored by Fujifilm UK Ltd were announced in the summer of 2019. Congratulations to Simon Wantling, whose photograph of romatic great crested grebes, taken at Felmersham Gravel Pits, won first prize. Read the news story here.

1st Prize: Simon Wantling
2nd Prize: Claire Haskins
3rd Prize: Eglė Vičiuvienė

Congratulations also to the following photographers, whose pictures have also been chosen to feature in our 2020 calendar:
Nigel Bell, Karen Brammer, Finbar Carroll, Lester Cooper, Trudie Davidson, Rebecca Fulcher, Daniel Hauck, Matthew Hazleton, David Jackson, Ann Miles, Trevor Sawyer, Mark Tyrell and Dovydas Vicius.

The 2020 Wildlife Trust BCN calendar featuring all of the stunning winning images was available to buy online and at our Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre.