Mating Chalkhill Blues by Elizabeth Wallis

Celebrating 'The Year of Norfolk’s Nature' - photography competition

Tuesday 07 March, 2017

Norfolk Wildlife Trust today [Wednesday 8 March 2017] announced the winner of its photographic competition celebrating its 90th anniversary year with the theme ‘The Year of Norfolk’s Nature.’

Elizabeth Wallis’ winning image of Chalkhill Blue Butterflies mating was chosen by the judges from a shortlist of 50 photographs.  The runner-up was Elaine Adams with a stunning image of a Norfolk hare at sunrise. In total 275 photographs were entered into the competition by 123 people.  Norfolk Wildlife Trust was looking for images of Norfolk species and landscape that best encapsulate nature throughout 2016 in the county.

All the shortlisted 50 images will be displayed in an exhibition entitled ‘The Year of Norfolk’s Nature’ at the art gallery at NWT Cley Marshes Visitor Centre from 8 March to 20 March 2017.

Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Brendan Joyce said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to our photography competition.  Norfolk’s wildlife and natural landscapes obviously inspire people and we know from the comments we received that everyone who took part has enjoyed taking these special photographs. We also have permission to use many of these images to promote Norfolk’s wildlife and living landscapes in future publicity materials and on our website, which is a wonderful and lasting legacy for Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s 90th anniversary year.”

The competition was run in partnership with new Investors in Wildlife, Jessops, who provided a £500 Jessops Norwich Voucher as the first prize and a runner-up prize, chosen from the Jessop Academy Wildlife experiences to the value of £125 with expert wildlife photographer Phil Gould.

Nathan Jermy, Store Manager of Jessop’s Norwich said, “We were delighted to be involved with this photographic competition and support Norfolk Wildlife Trust in their 90th Anniversary Year.  It was impressive to see the high standard and quality of the images submitted. The judges had some very difficult decisions to make and it is great to see that so many short-listed images will be on display in the exhibition at Cley Marshes for people to enjoy.”

The winning images were chosen by a panel of judges including Norfolk based photographic artist Richard Osbourne and wildlife photographer Phil Gould who works for the award winning Jessops Academy training team as their wildlife expert.

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