CJS 30th Anniversary Photography Competition

a one scots pine satnds on the moor top (credit Kerryn Humphreys)
logo: CJS 30 Photography Competition

For our 30th anniversary we are running a second photography competition.

In 2019 for our Silver Anniversary we held a Photography Competition which ran for the whole of our anniversary year from July 2019 to, in theory, July 2020 however it was impacted by covid and lockdowns. Despite the unexpected change of course it proved very popular and we were amazed at the images you sent us, both in number and quality.

2024 marks 30 years of CJS and we thought that it might be a good idea to run another competition. However, this year we're taking a different approach, it's much shorter for one, open for nine weeks from the start of July until the end of August, this time we want to throw the spotlight onto all the aspects of working in the countryside.

For our first photography competition we wanted to highlight the wonders of the natural world with the very best quality photos and you didn't disappoint; the photos submitted were beautiful, awe inspiring, incredible portraits of many aspects of our glorious British countryside and its inhabitants. But we found that the images that stuck with us were the less professional portraits, the ones that really showed life working in the countryside and so this time we have a different focus. We want the nitty gritty, life behind the scenes the less polished aspects the visiting public usually don't see but will resonate with your colleagues and also demonstrate the highs, the lows and all those memorable moments, you know the ones you're still talking about 20-30 years later, to people hoping to join our wonderful sector.


There are six categories:

  • All in a day's work (A Ranger's life for me)
  • All four seasons / A job for all weathers
  • The next gen: Environmental Education and interpretation
  • Green and blue spaces
  • All creatures great and small - wildlife and animals
  • Unsung heroes

There's an extra class for CJS Weekly readers.

Find out more about the categories here.


In addition to sharing your photos and opening up the countryside sector to all our readers - and beyond - there are a range of prizes on offer including a unique trophy for the overall winner commissioned from a local artist.

If you're a CJS Weekly subscriber there's an extra class for you, enter any of the categories and include your CJS number to be considered for the CJS Weekly Readers prize of a copy of the BWPA Photography Collection and an additional year's subscription to CJS Weekly.

Find out more about the prizes and the subjects here.

How to Enter

To enter all you need to do is send your photo (jpeg please) to along with your name, which category it's for and we'd also like a little information about what the photo shows, captions for funny ones are especially welcome. And if you're a CJS Weekly reader don't forget to include your Membership number (or Group Access Username).

Full rules are here - please read them before sending your photos, we'll assume you have.

The Competition opens on 1 July and runs until 31 August.

We will announce the winners in September and share the images here

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