We know from your emails, letters, tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts that you enjoy taking photos of the British countryside and our native wildlife. So send us your best shots and you could win some fantastic prizes plus your photo will feature in the September 2017 issue
After your overwhelming response and enthusiasm in the past three year’s LandLove photographic competitions we wanted to give you another chance to impress us with your photographic skills in 2017. There are 12 categories for you to enter in this year’s competition all aimed at celebrating the very best of the landscapes, flora and wildlife found in rural and coastal areas across the British Isles.
The best photo in each category, as chosen by our judging panel of Natalie Crofts - Editor of LandLove, Laura Robertson - LandLove’s Designer and Ian Savage - Head of Jessops Academy, will feature in our September 2017 issue.
From those 12 finalists we will choose one overall winner. The person who takes that winning photo will receive a fantastic Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 camera with 12-60mm lens, featuring a 20.3 megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor for superb image quality, 4K video and 4K photo recording, dual image stabiliser, with a splash and dustproof rugged design (RRP £799), a £100 Jessops photo in-store voucher and a place on a Jessops Academy Level 1 course (RRP £119) to help you get the most out of your camera, all courtesy of Jessops (www.jessops.com). Each category finalist will receive a year’s subscription to LandLove magazine, an Altorock II 25 litre rucksack courtesy of Regatta (www.regatta.com), a fantastic prize bundle from the RSPB (shopping.rspb.org.uk), including a copy of the RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography book and suet punnet packed full of nutritious treats for your birds, and a brilliant range of blue tit goodies, including a lunch box, flask and water bottle, from Dotcomgiftshop (www.dotcomgiftshop.com).
You don’t need fancy equipment to take a winning shot, just a great eye and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. The competition is open to amateur photographers, excluding anyone who earns more than 50% of their income from photography. Entries must have been taken in the British Isles, must not have been offered for sale and must not have won other competitions. The closing date for entries is 25th June 2017. You may enter up to four photographs. Please write your name, address, email address, daytime and evening phone number on the back of each photo and clearly mark which category you want to enter it into along with a brief description of where it was taken.
Enter online by emailing your photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, contact number and which category you would like to enter each photo into, along with a brief description of where each photograph was taken.
You may enter up to four photographs. Your photo must be landscape orientation, not portrait. Each photo can only be entered into one category. We are sorry but we cannot return any entries.
Or you can send your entries via post to: LandLove Photographic Competition, Hubert Burda Media UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU. Please write your name, address, email address, daytime and evening phone number on the back of each photo and clearly mark which category you want to enter it into along with a brief description of where it was taken.
1 Fabulous Flora
In this category we’re looking for beautiful images of Britain’s wild, uncultivated plants, trees and flowers, as well as gorgeous gardens.
2 Wonderful Wildlife
We’re blessed with a wealth of wild animals in the UK, from deer to hares, otters to wild ponies, we can’t wait to see your entries.
3 Birds of a Feather
From colourful native garden birds to majestic raptors, on the wing or on your bird feeders, we look forward to seeing your photos of our feathered friends.
4 It’s a Bug’s Life
Get up close and personal with Britain’s native butterflies, bees, spiders and caterpillars to create a winning shot for this category.
5 Lovely Landscapes
From flat fens to rolling fields, snow capped mountains to windswept moors, we look forward to seeing your images celebrating our varied and breathtaking vistas.
6 Water, Water Everywhere
Sparkling lochs, peaceful meres, dramatic waterfalls, babbling brooks and winding rivers are hidden inland across Britain, so you should find plenty to inspire you for this category.
7 Pretty as a picture
In this category we’re looking for stunning photographs that encapsulate the beauty of Britain’s rural hamlets, chocolate box villages and picturesque seaside towns.
8 Beside the seaside
Piers jutting out to sea, squabbling sea birds, golden sands and the beautiful briny evoke memories of days spent on the beach, while some of Britain’s most fascinating wildlife and dramatic vistas can be discovered around the coast, leaving plenty to inspire you.
9 Your pets in the countryside
We know you love your pets, so we’d love to see some photos of them out enjoying the fresh air. From a dog frolicking in the woods to a horse cantering in a meadow, or your cat lazing in the sunshine, we look forward to seeing your entries.
10 Sunrise and sunset
Whether it’s the first golden rays peeking over the horizon, or the final glow before twilight beckons, the sun’s movement at the start and end of a day can make for some breathtaking photographs.
11 Whatever the Weather
Our ever changing weather offers plenty of photo opportunities for this category – think rainbows, snowflakes, April showers, sparkling frost and bright summer sun.
12 Architectural treasures
From majestic castles, impressive cathedrals and romantic ruins to lonely lighthouses, atmospheric churches and characterful windmills; there are a wealth of architectural gems to capture on camera around Britain.
Photos: Tim Mander, Rebecca Beausman, Saad Hussien
The competition opens on 6th April 2017 and closes on 25th June 2017.
Size and printing images: There is no limit regarding the size of the images you may send in, but it would be preferable to send in A4 size images.
Photographs must be landscape orientation, not portrait.
Images will be judged on the quality of the image not the quality of the printing.
Images submitted digitally must be at least hi-res 300dpi, 5MB in file size and at least A4 in size. Hubert Burda Media UK takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries.
Image manipulation: Your images may be enlarged or cropped, digitally enhanced to remove scratches or spots, but must not be manipulated. You may enhance an image to make it clearer, brighter etc., but you must not manipulate the content. Hubert Burda Media UK and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image which they believe may have been excessively treated in such a way as to alter its authenticity. Computer generated images will not be accepted in the competition.
Age categories: There are no age categories, but entrants under 12 years old must have consent from their parent or guardian to be able to enter.
UK residents: Photographs must be taken in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. The competition is open to UK residents only (including residents of the Channel Islands and Isle of Man).
If you’re a UK resident but are out of the country during the judging process, this will not affect your entry.
Photos entered into other competitions: Any entries to the LandLove photographic competition 2017 must not have been offered for sale or have won other competitions. You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all images entered. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. Where an image is used, the photographer will be credited. However, in consideration of their providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable licence to Hubert Burda Media UK to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition for a period of no more than five years. Copyright remains with the photographer, where an image is used the photographer will be credited. By entering the competition, you also agree to Jessops using your entry/entries in suitable marketing materials and any promotional activity.
The winners consent to the use of their image, name and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by Hubert Burda Media UK, without further compensation. Source material or proof of permission to use must be made available on request by Hubert Burda Media UK.
Hubert Burda Media UK does not accept liability for the publication of unlawfully reproduced images.