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Contributor: NikitaMorris
Dates: 01/08/2017 - 30/04/2018

ENTRIES are now open for a prestigious photography competition which is run each year by Fordingbridge-based charity Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

The Julian Gardner Award offers budding amateur photographers the chance to capture the UK countryside, including people who live and work there, game, wildlife, various habitats and landscape.

The sixth competition, which has an adult and junior section, was launched five years ago in memory of Julian Gardner, a Sussex farmer and lifelong supporter of the GWCT who was tragically killed while defending his property in October 2010.

The winner of the adult category will be awarded a sculpture of a hare and the champion of the junior category - for children aged 16 and under - will be presented a sculpture of a leveret.

James Swyer, who is organiser and editor of in-house membership magazine Gamewise, said: "It's a fantastic competition in memory of a great man who was an ardent support of the Trust and its work.

Each year, the competition seems to grow in popularity and we are spoilt by the great selection of photos which are submitted.

I have no doubt that this year will be no different and we very much look forward to receiving the entries and then have the difficulty of judging them."

The top three photographs from each section will be printed in Gamewise and featured on GWCT's website. The images will be judged by a panel on composition, originality and technical ability.

Last year saw Richard Gunther, of Rye, scoop first prize in the adult competition with his stunning image of a herd of deer, while in the under-16 category, Lauren Smewing entered a remarkable close-up of a frog in the grass.

The winners will be presented with their trophies as well as prints of their award-winning photographs thanks to a large donation from Julianís friends and family.

Anyone wishing to take part are able to email a maximum of two photographs to photocompetition@gwct.org.uk by 30th April 2018.

More details can be found at www.gwct.org.uk/photocompetition