Photograph 1: Winning entry 12 and under, 2012 – Morgan Edwards from Pembrokeshire.
Young photographers throughout Wales are being challenged to bring the important relationship between our woodlands and water to life in a competition being run by Natural Resources Wales.
The organisation which looks after the Welsh environment wants children and young people up to the age of 18 to reach for their cameras to help raise awareness of how our woodlands and water work together for the good of the wider countryside.
It is running a photographic competition with gift vouchers totalling £450 up for grabs for the best entries which capture the enduring connection between one of our most beautiful and constantly changing habitats and water.
This is the third year of the competition which seeks to encourage youngsters to explore the natural world around them through the camera’s lens.
This aim seems more relevant than ever today, following the publication of a report by the RSPB which claimed that few children between the ages of eight and 12 were connected with nature in any way.
Sue Williams of Natural Resources Wales said, “The competition is part of an ongoing programme to tempt youngsters away from their computers and television sets and encourage them to use the environment as a place to learn in, learn about, enjoy and connect to nature.
“We work with tens of thousands of children and young people every year through a variety of ways, including curriculum linked school visits, training for education professionals and work experience placements.”
Sheena O’Leary, who is organising this year’s competition, said the standard over the past two years was very impressive.
She said, “We’re looking forward to receiving the entries and hope the competition will inspire children and young people to explore their local woodlands – taking their cameras with them, of course!”
The competition is divided into two age groups – 11 and under and 12 to 18 year olds – and the best entries for each group will receive high street gift vouchers to the value of £100, £75 and £50. They could also see their images used in future Natural Resources Wales publications.
The overall winner in each category will also receive a free visit, including transport, for all their classmates to a local wild space of their choice with their local Natural Resources Wales Education Officer.
All entries must be taken in Wales and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 13 November 2013 and should include the following details: name, age, address (and email address), school name and location, and where the photograph was taken.
A maximum of two entries per person is allowed and the photographs must be taken in Wales.
Last year’s winning entries and runners-up can be viewed at www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestry.nsf/byunique/infd-94vkct
Full terms and conditions for this year’s competition can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestry.nsf/byunique/infd-9cjerd