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CJS25: Photography CompetitionWe're looking for any photo that you think is relevant to CJS, your fellow readers and other professionals working across all of the the countryside, conservation, ecology, wildlife, environmental education, arboriculture sectors. More detail on the categories and prizes here.

We're suggesting categories each month to guide you although you may enter photos on any subject.


The September suggested category is: Recreation and Visitors  

logo: WWT - Sving wetlands for wildlife and people

Prize: membership for Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust


We're not necessarily looking for the most perfect, most technically accurate image (although nice clear pictures are usually better than fuzzy ones!) but those that reflect our glorious countryside and all that goes with working in the management of landscapes, with wildlife, in education everything that is part and parcel of daily life. We want to see the best (smiling visitors on sunny days), the worst (sodden waterproofs, overflowing wellies and wall still only half built), the wonderful (that elusive moment as an otter slips into the water), the incredible (dandelion seeds floating in a clear blue sky) and the humorous (the perfectly placed background poledriver) that capture life working in the countryside.

More about the reasons for us running a photography competition here.


CJS want to thank all the wonderful organisations who are supporting our competition by providing prizes. 


logo: WWT - Sving wetlands for wildlife and peopleThis month (September) the prize is a membership package (individual, joint or family - choice is yours) for Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Your support helps us do incredible things. In 70 years, we’ve protected endangered species and habitats, restored and created new wetlands and inspired people to connect with nature. But wetlands are still disappearing three times faster than forests and we need your help to continue our work. 

Becoming a member is one of the best ways to help protect our precious wetland habitat. You’ll also get free access all year to explore our wetland sites around the UK, created especially to be havens for wildlife.

Find out more about the Trust by visiting their website: www.wwt.org.uk


As well as the monthly prizes there are four over all prizes. The winner will receive an invitation to the gala opening of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2020. We have runners up prizes of a year's membership of Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers a bundle of birdwatching books.  These are chosen by the CJS Team however we are also going to open the floor to readers with a Readers Choice photo which will win a year's subscription to BBC Wildlife magazine.


Simply email your photo (jpegs please) to photo@countryside-jobs.com along with your name and any information you want to include about your photo: what it shows, where it was taken and a caption for a funny one would be welcome too. If you'd like us to tag you (or site / project) if we share your photo to social media please include the relevant handles and details.  You can enter as many photos as you like, but each image may only be entered once.

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


Be a responsible photographer: 

In May 2019, the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) launched a new social media crime prevention campaign titled Undisturbed calling on all UK wildlife photographers and drone operators to ensure the welfare of wild animals while photographing or filming them. The initiative runs until 1st November. Read more in the article written especially for CJS and please ensure you do not disturb your subjects to get that winning photo.  


We'll showcase your photos through our Instagram account (instagram.com/countrysidejobs) and share our pick across our social media so make sure you include your social media handles and we'll tag you in. Meaning that it's also a great way to publicise your site or project.

See the winners here.


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