The heat is on as winter approaches, not only in our cosy living rooms, but for the next stage of the WWT Photography competition as the winter heat opens. Following on from the success of the autumn heat which received an influx of over 2,500 online entries and a staggering 12,800 votes in the People’s Choice category, the next season has much to live up. WWT is calling on all nature lovers and photographers to submit their most prized pictures before 29 February 2012 when the winter heat will close.
Autumn heat winners representing each of WWT’s nine wetland centres will be chosen from each of the main categories - Wetland Wildlife, Wetland Landscapes, Wildlife & People and Junior Photographer of the Year (under 18s) over the next couple of weeks. Votes for the autumn heat People’s Choice category, where members of the public can go online and choose their favourite entry each season, are still being accepted until 1 January 2012, when a winner will be chosen. All the regional winners for each of the four seasonal heats will go through to the national finals to be held in Autumn 2012.
Whilst photographs entered into all the other categories much have been taken at one of WWT’s nine wetland wildlife centres across the UK, the World Wetlands category invites entries taken of wetlands large or small, good or bad, from all over the world. These can range from rivers in Rwanda, lakes in Lagos to creeks in Colorado, or even one of the most extreme wetlands in the world, Antarctica. A shortlist will be chosen from this category for each seasonal heat to go on to the national finals
Finally, to be in with the chance of winning the grand prize of the trip to Antarctica, entrants must submit at least three or more photographs in at least two or more seasonal heats. If this criteria is met, the entrant’s ‘portfolio’ will be automatically entered into the Portfolio Photographer of the Year category. At the national finals, each portfolio photographer’s three best photographs (as shortlisted by the judges) will be considered with the winner receiving the Portfolio Photographer of the Year Award and the grand prize of a 12-day fully inclusive trip to Antarctica, courtesy of Exodus in partnership with Quark Expeditions.
The competition is being held in association with Canon, in celebration of the Scott Antarctic Expedition Centenary, and offers an amazing £50,000 worth of fantastic prizes for the national winners, including a grand prize for the Portfolio Photographer category of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica courtesy of Exodus in partnership with Quark Expeditions. For more information, or to enter the competition, visit the WWT