Wild Surrey Art & Photography Competition

Wild at 60

Wild Surrey Art & Photography Competition

© Richard Peters

Show off your wild side

Are you a keen photographer or budding artist who loves wildlife?

Enter our art and photography competition for the chance to have your work displayed in a 3 week exhibition at the Guildford House Gallery on Guildford High Street and win fabulous prizes!

To mark our 60th anniversary, Surrey Wildlife Trust is celebrating our county's diverse wildlife with a special competition and exhibition highlighting nature inspired artwork and photography from the residents of Surrey.

Our competition is open to both amateur and professional artists and photographers, with a discounted entry fee for Trust members.

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About the competition

Our competition is open to amateurs and professionals alike with a charge of £15 per entry for adults (£5 discount per entry for SWT members) and £2 per entry for 8-17 year olds.

Entries close on the 14th April 2019, with the exhibition at the Guildford House Gallery running from the 25th May for 3 weeks.

More information:

Age categories

The photography competition is open to the following age groups:

8-17

Children aged 8-17 require an adult (18+) to enter on their behalf. This could be a parent, guardian or teacher. Please see the entry form below for more details.

Entry fee: £2 per entry to be paid by debit or credit card.

18+

Anyone aged 18 and over can enter our adult category.

Entry fee: £15 per entry to be paid by debit or credit card. Discount of £5 per entry for SWT members.

Artistic mediums

Art

The following artistic mediums are permitted:
Watercolour, oils, acrylics, chalk, pastel, pencil, crayon, gouache, conté, pen and ink, charcoal/graphite, mixed media, print making, airbrush, collage, textile art and digitally created art. 

Sculptures can not be accepted due to space limitations in the gallery.

Entries will be accepted as high resolution (300dpi) jpeg photographs of your work that are at least 2200 pixels on the shortest side, entered online or by using the downloadable postal form below. Please ensure that image files are no larger than 8MB each for online entries.

Photography

Entries will be accepted as high resolution (300dpi) jpeg photographs that are at least 2200 pixels on the shortest side, entered online or by using the downloadable postal form below. Please ensure that image files are no larger than 8MB each for online entries.

For photograph category submissions, please ensure that your original photographic works are of high enough resolution to print professionally at your chosen dimensions (at least A4), should you be shortlisted for the exhibition. 

For further details about artistic mediums, please refer to our competition guidelines

Entry categories

Inspiring nature

Surrey is home to so many wonderful and diverse species and habitats, from rare chalk grasslands to globally rare lowland heath, as well as areas of outstanding natural beauty and ancient woodlands. The submissions from this category should focus inspirational natural habitats or species of Surrey.

Wildlife under threat

This category aims to demonstrate the threats facing species of Surrey. Submissions can be of any species, but must depict threats, for example: unsympathetic development, pollution, fly tipping or climate change.

Adaptation in an urban environment

Submissions should show nature in an urban environment. The subject matter could be plants or animals but must demonstrate how nature is adapting to survive in built up areas within Surrey. The judges will be looking for originality and a strong urban theme.

Prizes

Overall Winners:

Over 18 Art Prize:

£500 cash

Over 18 Photography Prize:

£500 cash

Under 18 Art Prize:

£100 cash

Under 18 Photography Prize:

£100 cash

Judges

Richard Peters

© Richard Peters

Richard Peters

Richard Peters is a UK based wildlife photographer, Nikon Ambassador and one of the only British photographers to be named the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He has received numerous accolades for his work and won several awards in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

He regularly writes articles for the UK's photographic press and has been on the judging panel for national and international photographic competitions, including the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the British Photography Awards.

Celia Lewis

© Celia Lewis

Celia Lewis

Celia Lewis studied life and portrait charcoal drawing in Florence at the age of 16 and continues to study, recently completing a diploma in Botanical Art. She was awarded the 2005 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) medal and the Windsor & Newton Prize at the RWS Open Exhibition 2010. Lewis is a member of several local art societies; in 2018, she was awarded the Guildford Art Society Alliott Award.

Celia Lewis has written and illustrated numerous books on farm animals and wildlife.

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Chessington Conservation Fund – Representative to be confirmed

As the sponsor, Chessington World of Adventure Resort’s Conservation Fund will bring their passion and extensive knowledge of wildlife to the competition, and we are delighted to be working with them in our 60th year of protecting wildlife in Surrey. As a member of both BIAZA and EAZA, the Zoo at Chessington is part of many national and international breeding programmes for rare and endangered species . As part of its work, Chessington partners with a number of charities and organisations involved in the conservation of endangered species and the protection of their natural habitats.

The Chessington Conservation Fund was set up to raise money to help protect the future of nature and wildlife through conservation work and education at the Zoo in Surrey, in the local community and worldwide.

Before you enter

Please make sure that you have read and understand the competition terms and conditions below before you enter!

Entry specifications
Entries will only be accepted as high resolution (300dpi) jpeg photographs that are at least 2200 pixels on the shortest side, entered online or by using the downloadable postal form below. 

Please ensure that image files do not exceed 8MB each for online entries. If you are unable to resize your image/s, please contact us at events@surreywt.org.uk for assistance.

For photograph category submissions, please ensure that your original photographic works are of high enough resolution to print professionally at your chosen dimensions (at least A4), should you be shortlisted for the exhibition.
 

Privacy information

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  • We will use the information you submitted to contact you about your entry.
  • If you are a winner in any category we may publish your name on our website, in the press, on social media and at our photography exhibition.
  • Your name will appear next to your image in photo credits.

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  • We will keep your data on our secure database and will use it to send you information about Surrey Wildlife Trust by email.
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Image credits:
Badger, Richard Peters,  European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winner 2015
Hare - Linocut on block print, Celia Lewis
Heathland Landscape, Jon Hawkins
Kingfisher, Jamie Hall