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Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust launches Wild Snaps challenge for nature photographers

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Amateur nature photographers in Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth have been challenged to submit their best images for a wildlife photography competition.

Wild Snaps, organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, was launched on World Photography Day (August 19) and closes on September 16 – when the winner will be picked by an online public vote.

Alicia Sanctuary, the trust's communications officer, said: "Photography is a fantastic way to connect with nature and we want to encourage more people to embrace the local wildlife around them.

Kingfisher © Gillian Merritt (50572812)
Kingfisher © Gillian Merritt (50572812)

"It is brilliant to have a community of people who regularly share photographs of wild places in Hertfordshire and Middlesex. That's why we're running Wild Snaps for a second year, to give people a chance to show off some of the beautiful wild species and where they can be found across the county."

Hannah Stitfall, film-maker, photographer, presenter and ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts, said: "There's nothing better than getting out into nature and embracing wildlife. Getting that snap of an animal you've been waiting to see is one of the best feelings.

"This competition for The Wildlife Trusts, who I love working with, is just a perfect combination. I'd encourage everyone with a camera, whether it's a smartphone or a long lens, to go out and snap up photos of wildlife and take part in this brilliant competition."

Robin on camera © Chris Maguire (50572814)
Robin on camera © Chris Maguire (50572814)

The winning photographer will receive a £300 voucher for wildlife-watching equipment and two runners-up will each receive a pair of Wildlife Trusts-branded binoculars from competition sponsor Opticron. The winning image will be featured in Wildlife Matters, the trusts' membership magazine.

Everyone who votes will be eligible to enter a prize draw to win an exclusive one-on-one 'Smartphone Safari', a smartphone photography masterclass, sponsored by Jet Black Squares.

For competition rules and to enter, visit hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/wildsnaps.

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