Capture the amazing green space and nature in our city, while helping to protect it for future generations!

Enter SWLEN’S inaugural nature photography competition and get outside this summer and take a record of nature in gardens, parks and green spaces all around you!

We are looking for photos that celebrate the diversity and fragility of nature in Richmond. For this year only, finalist’s photos will go to support the launch of Richmond Borough’s new Biodiversity Action Plan, which is key to protecting our local nature for the next 5 years!

How to enter

      1. Select a high-resolution image. There are two categories:
        • Shots of species in Richmond Borough. We would particularly love to see shots of any of these ‘at-risk’ species but NO DEER!. Shots of deer are excluded from this category.
        • Shot of habitats – parks or green spaces – vital to at-risk species in Richmond Borough
      2. Read our Terms and Conditions
      3. Submit up to 5 images by midnight Sunday 30th September 2018.

     

Prizes

    • Finalists and winners will be special guests at the launch event for the new Richmond Biodiversity Action Plan at the Barnes Wetland Centre in November 2018, where their photos will be exhibited.
    • Finalists and winners will receive an A2 sized print of their photo and their images will be used to promote species and habitat conservation across South West London.
    • Winners will also receive an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour with the Royal Parks ecology team.

 

Meet the Judges

Our judges have many years of photography and journalism experience and are passionate about nature and conservation

Stuart Redler

Stuart Redler

Stuart spent 15 years photographing advertising campaigns for major brands such as Volvo and IBM but since then has concentrated on fine art photography. Stuart’s work is included in the permanent collection at The National Portrait Gallery. His photos have also appeared in many publications including The Times, The Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller and House & Garden. Stuart has received a number of awards, including six from The Association of Photographers
Sandra Laville

Sandra Laville

Sandra is a Guardian journalist who writes about the environment. From air pollution to the scourge of plastic waste in the world, she tries to focus on the human impact of climate change and pollution and to highlight ways in which individuals can make positive steps to contribute to protecting the environment. She recently travelled to Brazil to write about a community who are tackling plastic pollution themselves in the absence of Government action and has highlighted the devastating human cost of air pollution from childhood asthma to the threat to young people who go to schools alongside busy roads.
Sam Scott

Sam Scott

Is a photographer, mother, interior designer, drummer and all round very busy person. She studied at Salisbury School of Art, West Thames and Central St Martins and has photographed for the London Eye, British Airways, Channel 4, Tesco, Gibson guitars among many. Subjects include anything from a bottle of Lea and Perrins sauce to rock stars, polar bears to young offenders. Her work has featured in magazines and on promotional posters.

Do you have the winning shot?

Enter now!

Or out and about? Enter via Instagram by following @swlen.org.uk or Twitter – @richenvironment using the hashtag #SWLENnature –Finalists will be contacted by private message and asked to submit the original image

Click here to take a look at the gallery with the latest submitted photos!