Fancy yourself as a bit of a photographer? Maybe you just enjoy getting out and about in our beautiful countryside? Well here’s an opportunity to combine the two over the next month.
Northern Red Squirrels, an umbrella organisation linking up voluntary groups and individuals involved in the conservation of endangered red squirrels, is holding a photography competition over the summer. It wants to encourage people to get out and capture images of the delightful reds in their natural environment. Entries will be shown at Woodhorn museum as part of its bank holiday Monday Wildlife Day at the end of August.
“We are fortunate in our region that we still have strong populations of red squirrels, but they are under constant threat from the bigger greys,” explains Glen Graham from NRS. “Although some of the red strongholds are a little remote, others are right on our doorsteps, and with a little patience, almost anyone can see one of these beautiful creatures.
“Woodhorn is a fantastic place to watch squirrels. Feeding stations beside the railway mean you are almost guaranteed to see one if you can sit a while. You don’t need to have a fancy camera either. The squirrels are within easy range. It’s a joy just to watch their antics as they retrieve nuts from the feeders.”
The competition has 3 categories: Best Red Squirrel photograph taken at Woodhorn and the prize is a year’s free subscription to the Northumbrian Magazine; Best Red Squirrel photograph taken anywhere with Northern Experience Wildlife Tours providing the prize of a half day of personal wildlife photography tuition; and Best Red Squirrel photograph taken by age 16 and under and the winner will receive Membership of Woodhorn plus a special goody bag.
Photographs must not have been published anywhere previously and entrants must agree to allow them to be use in publicity by the NRS and Woodhorn. Entries will be shown to the public as part of the programme during the day of the "squirrelfest" at Woodhorn’s Wildlife Day on Monday 26th August when there will be lots of other wild activities too.
“We’d be very happy for people to submit as many red squirrel images as they like, in fact the more the better,” says Glen, “as the £1 per image entry fee will go towards the aims of NRS and the sustainability of the species in the North East.”
Cheques payable to "Northern Red Squirrels" should accompany entries which need to be submitted as jpegs on DVD or CD, and sent to Northern Red Squirrels Photo Competition, c/o 13 Johnson Villas, North Choppington, Northumberland NE62 5PX. (Please remember to write your name, address and category clearly on the disc.)
Closing date for entries 17th August 2013