The Nature of Animals - East Riding Schools Photography Competition

The nature of Animals Photo Competition

Would you like to discover some incredible wildlife in a breathtaking setting? Would you like to spend a day enjoying your very own masterclass in wildlife photography?  Find out how your school could win a day at RSPB Bempton Cliffs with award-winning wildlife photographer, Steve Race.

The East Riding kicks off its cultural programme to accompany Hull UK City of Culture 2017 with a celebration of all things animals. To coincide with the Natural History Museum’s National Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition which will be on display at Beverley Art Gallery from 11 February to 22 April 2017, we are running a photography competition for East Riding schools on the theme The Nature of Animals.

We want children to capture a moment in the life of an animal or group of animals – it could be their own pet parrot showing off its unique personality, an urban fox on the prowl, a seagull stealing a chip or a cow on a rolling East Riding hilltop – and come up with a caption that describes it. We are looking for arresting images and creative captions that really do give a flavour of the nature of animals.

The competition is designed to inspire creativity and to highlight some of the great things on offer during Hull UK City of Culture 2017 in the East Riding and Hull. Schools may use the competition as an opportunity for deeper engagement (through Arts Award) or simply as an enjoyable project to enhance creativity in the classroom. 

How to enter 

  • The competition will run from 1 February to 22 April 2017 and is open to all schools within the East Riding.
  • There are four categories:
      - EYFS / KS1
      - KS2
      - KS3 +
      - School staff

  • We would like schools to select an image produced by a child in response to the above theme (perhaps by running an in-house competition) and to send it in for judging in the main competition. If your school covers more than one category you can submit an image for each.
  • Entries must be submitted electronically (as a jpeg).

  • Entries should be emailed to Libraries, Museums & Archives at lama.admin@eastriding.gov.uk by Monday 24 April 2017.

  • The email subject header should read The Nature of Animals Photography Competition 

  • The content of the email must include:
      - Name / email address of main contact
      - Name of School
      - Name and age of entrant
      - Category of submission (eg KS2)
      - Image (as a jpeg)
      - Caption (either typed up in the email or included as an additional jpeg image)

  • Images need to submitted with a descriptive title eg New Pasture Lane KS2 [name of child] Photo and/or New Pasture Lane KS1 [name of child] Caption. Images will be anonymised by competition organisers before going before the judges.

  • The images will be judged and winning schools notified by Friday 12 May.

  • All images submitted by schools to the competition will be displayed after the judges have announced the winners online through the Improvement and Learning Facebook page and on the eriding website. Winners and runners up will be displayed at the Treasure House (dates tbc).

Some help and guidelines…

  • Photographs can be taken on any sort of camera or phone and photo effects are allowed.

  • Captions can be up to 140 characters (similar to a Tweet) and may take any form – a descriptive sentence, a short poem (their own), a piece of Haiku etc. – but should not require any additional commentary.

  • Photographs should be new images taken especially for the competition (ie not holiday snaps of camels in Tunisia!).

  • Animals should be taken in a ‘natural’ setting (which could be a living room, park or beach) but not in a zoo, sea life centre or similar animal sanctuary.

  • Visit The Wildlife Photographer of the Year website to explore inspirational images of wildlife captured through photography.

  • Visit http://www.steverace.com/ to find out more about award-winning wildlife photographer, Steve Race. 

The Nature of Animals photography competition A4 poster (pdf 2.0mb opens in a new window)


Photography competition A4 poster
Photography competition A4 poster
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