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The WWT Photography Competition 2011-2012
This year’s competition takes place over 12 months with four seasonal heats. During each season, we’ll be looking for the best photos that represent that season. At the end of each heat winners representing each of WWT’s nine wetland centres will be chosen from each category.
When the competition closes on 31 August 2012 all regional heat winners will go through to the grand national final to be held in autumn 2012, and our Portfolio Photographer will be chosen and awarded the grand prize of a trip to Antarctica.
1 September – 30 November 2011
1 December 2011 – 29 February 2012
1 March 2012 – 31 May 2012
1 June – 31 August 2012
2011-2012 entry categories
All entries in the first three must be taken at one of WWT’s nine wetland centres:
Wildlife & People
World Wetlands – entries to this category can be taken anywhere in the world.
Young Photographer of the Year – all entries made by under 18s in any of the four main categories will be transferred to this category as under 18s are ineligible to win the main category awards. A winner will be chosen for each centre for each of the seasonal heats to go forward to the national finals.
People’s Choice – the public are able to vote online for their favourite photographs in any of the above five categories during each seasonal heat. The photograph with the highest number of overall votes from each seasonal heat will go forward to the national finals.
Portfolio Photographer of the Year – photographers entering two or more of the seasonal heats will automatically be entered into the national final to be in with a chance of winning this additional award and a once-in-a-time trip to Antarctica, courtesy of Exodus in partnership with Quark Expeditions.
Contest Prize & TERMS
Wetland Landscapes - the national winner will receive a 6 night nature photography workshop in Cumbria, courtesy of Lakeland Photo Ltd, plus a rucksack of outdoor clothing courtesy of Regatta.
Wildlife & People - the national winner will receive a 7 day activity holiday for 2 to Sooma National Park in Estonia, courtesy of Much Better Adventures and Soomaa.com.
World Wetlands - the national winner will receive a 5 night eco-tourism break for two people to New York State and the opportunity to see the wetland spectacle that is Niagara Falls, including return flights from the UK to Buffalo with United, operated by Continental Airlines, plus accommodation at the new luxurious Embassy Suites Buffalo.
People's Choice - the national winner will receive a week's narrowboat holiday for for four in the UK, up to £1,000, courtesy of Kate Boats.
Young Photographer of the Year - the national winner will receive a 7 day family adventure holiday in mid-Wales, courtesy of Mount Severn.
Portfolio Photographer of the Year - the overall winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica, courtesy of Exodus in partnership with Quark Expeditions.
In addition, all national prize winners will receive a subscription to Bird Watching Magazine, courtesy of Bird Watching Magazine. ELIGIBILITY: open to everyone – amateur and professional, of any age. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all images entered. You will retain copyright of your entries at all times and always be credited alongside your picture. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering your images into the competition, you grant permission to the WWT for a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the images in connection with the competition for the following purposes:
• judging the competition
• display at an exhibition of the winning entries held at WWT centres within the UK and subsequent international tours
• inclusion within the exhibition interactive elements (now known or hereafter created)
• inclusion within Waterlife magazine or similar
• inclusion within promotion of the competition and exhibition organised by WWT
• inclusion (if selected as one of the promotional images) within the WWT's marketing and promotional materials (including press packs) for the exhibition or touring exhibition
There may also be opportunities for winning photographers to benefit from the commercial use of their image on exhibition merchandise but they will always be contacted first to obtain their permission.
Generally images are only used in connection with the competition for a period of 18 months from the winners' announcements.
Media will be allowed to publish images free of charge for this purpose. When used in whatever medium by the competition organisers all images are credited to the photographer and we ask that the press do so too, though cannot be held responsible for errors and omissions.
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