Photographic Competition 2020

Email your entries to:

Vinters Valley Nature Reserve is “Maidstone’s Hidden Gem”, tucked away between the Vinters Park and Grove Green housing estates.

We are holding a photographic competition and welcome everyone to take pictures and enter!

The theme is “Vinters Winter Beauty”

All images must have been taken in the reserve within the competition period.  The competition is open from Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 1st March 2020

Entries will be digital and submitted by email. All forms of camera, including mobile devices, can be used

There will be three categories:
• Junior Photographer (Under 12)
• Young Photographer (12-18)
• Adult Photographer

All entrants may submit a maximum of three entries making it clear which category has been entered, your name, where you come from and as accurately as possible where in the Reserve your image was taken.

Judging will be by a panel of three representatives. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded for each category and the judging panel will choose one overall winner, from the three categories.

Prizes will be awarded to each of the category winners. The overall winner will win a 3-hour workshop, in the reserve, with professional nature photographer Robert Canis!

Terms and Conditions:

• Please ensure that each image is between 1-4 MB in size
• Images should be submitted to:
• All images submitted may be used by VVNR on social media, website, publications and promotional materials (with
full credit to the photographer unless otherwise opted out)
• By submitting images to the competition and not informing us of any objections, you are agreeing to our terms.
• Copyright remains with the photographer

• Prizes will be:
Category winner – Framed A3 print of the image, winners’ certificate
Overall winner – 3-hour workshop, in the reserve, with professional nature photographer Robert Canis

• We encourage digital entries from all forms of camera including mobile devices
Entrants under the age of 16 years need to have parent or guardian consent to enter
• Images of domestic pets are not eligible

Wildlife Photography Best Practice:

• Take care using flash – Animals are very sensitive to light and can be scared or temporarily blinded by a strong flash

• Don’t get too close. Animals are likely to get stressed and panic if you get too close to their home. They may even feel
forced to abandon their location and this can have fatal consequences, particularly if there is young.

• Be careful where you tread. Stick to designated paths and tracks to avoid damage to habitat and vulnerable wildlife.
The flora and fauna should not be disturbed.

• Take care around the lake or the stream. Always be aware of your surroundings when taking photographs.

• Be conscious of members of the public using the Reserve and of other photographers.

Good luck to everyone that enters!

We will only use your email address details, to contact you if there is an issue with your entry or to inform you if you have won