July Photography Competition Results

Sue Smith

With coronavirus restrictions diminishing ever so slightly, we have been overjoyed to welcome people back to our nature reserves. As a results we have received an overwhelming array of amazing images from right across our region, and its many spectacular nature reserves.

This month’s theme was summer colour, and we have received an abundance of truly breath-taking photographs. From intricate close up shots of eye catching flowers such as the resplendent orange hawkweed, to more muted images of beautifully delicate damselflies. We are delighted that so many people are getting involved, and we hope that you have enjoyed photographing some of these truly magnificent images across our diverse array of nature reserves.

Out of 70 marvellous entries, and after much deliberation, Sue Smith’s, ‘Floating Heart Lilies’ taken at Brockholes Nature Reserve was awarded first place.

Floating Heart Lilies

Sue Smith

Our judged commented that ‘the outstanding depth of colour captured within this image is truly outstanding. Moreover, the presence and timing required to capture this spectacular photograph, with its vivid colour and movement demonstrates a remarkable level of skill and aptitude which truly deserves recognition.’

Cinnabar Caterpillar

Robert Hurell

In second place is Robert Hurrell’s ‘Cinnabar Caterpillar’ taken at Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve. Our judge noted that ‘the eye catching colour which exudes from this image makes it really stand out from the crowd. In addition, this photograph beautifully exhibits the texture and intricacy of an often underappreciated little creature.’

Yellow Camouflage

Janet Stocks

Finally, in third place is Janet Stocks ‘Yellow Camouflage’ taken at Brockholes Nature Reserve. Our judge absolutely adored this image, and stated that 'the detail captured within this picture truly reflects the majestic beauty of these magnificent creatures. Furthermore, the vivid colour exhibited within this image provides a depth and composition which wonderfully highlights the intricate nature of this resplendent hoverfly.'

The winner will be contacted via email with details on how to redeem their £100 Optics Voucher prize. Additionally, all winner’s photos will be displayed within our visitor centres, for everyone to see.

What do you think?

 Feel free to let us know what you think about the judge’s selections via either our Facebook or Twitter pages. August’s competition is currently open and has the theme of Dragonflies/Damselflies; As long as the photo has been taken at one of our nature reserves, you can enter whatever image you like! With thirty-eight nature reserves to choose from, what are you waiting for?

The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm on 31/08/2020 and the only condition is that your photograph was taken at one of our nature reserve. To enter, just email photocomp@lancswt.org.uk (a maximum of three photos per person is permitted) or use the form below.

July Photography Competition