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Photographic competition opens
THE Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has announced that entries are now being accepted for the second annual Julian Gardner Photographic Awards in memory of the Kent farmer who was tragically murdered while defending his property in 2010.
The award is given to the picture that best encapsulates the beauty of the British countryside and has two categories: adult and under-16 years – the GWCT is eager to encourage younger entrants for its second year.
The competition is open to all amateur photographers.
The award is made possible by a generous donation from Julian’s family and friends, which has funded two magnificent hare sculptures given each year to the winners.
The first adult award was given to Ian Boyd of Whittington Lodge Farm near Cheltenham, in the adult category, while Craig McCann from Cleveland won the under- 16 years section with his striking study of muirburning (heather burning).
The top three winning images from each section will be printed in the GWCT’s membership magazine Gamewise and will feature on the GWCT stand at the CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall in July. The award will be judged by professional wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell, GWCT advisor Peter Thompson and GWCT publications editor Louise Shervington.
Ms Shervington said: “After the success of last year’s outstanding entries we are hoping for some equally eye-catching images this year. We believe there is a lot of undiscovered talent out there up to the task of capturing the beauty of the natural world around us. We all see things every day that could make amazing photographs.”