CJS Photography Competition

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Notice of competition suspension, 20 March 2020

With immediate effect we are suspending the competition due to the corona virus outbreak.  We don't want you to be putting yourselves at risk taking photos. However, you are very welcome to send photos for consideration when we reopen the competition, you can specify which theme they're for or just send them as general ones. We will make a decision about reopening the competition at a later date and if necessary about awarding overall prizes nearer the current official closing date.

We are happy to share any images that will lift the spirits: let us know how you're coping with working from home, self isolation, how your new four footed co-workers and pawlleagues are coping with the new normal (dogs interrupting conference calls with squeaky toys, cats being disgusted that you're interrupting their afternoon nap) and now that schools are closed how well the new junior members of the team are integrating into the working day (shouting for assistance and then hiding behind the couch?). Alternatively if you'd like to let the world know that (for now) your site is still open for some green medicine send us a nice photo and we'll share it.

We'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 March suggested theme is: A Day in the Life

Prize: Countryside Management Association Membership

This month we're looking for examples of what your working life is really like. Show off your best days, what is it that makes your job the best in the world? Share the worst days and everything in between. What are the things you'd share with someone looking to follow a similar career?

Reveal the hidden glamour of it all: soggy waterproofs and overflowing wellies, dressed up in all your finery presenting or receiving awards, the relief of a hot beverage whilst the lop and top crackles away on the bonfire, the glow of pride of a job well done as you look over a new planted meadow.

Whatever it is you'd like to show your fellow professionals and budding enthusiasts.

It's a perfect opportunity to direct the spotlight on your job, organisation, site or passion project. with that in mind when sending us your photos this month please make sure to tell us exactly what 'life' it is and include the job title (you can use a generic Ranger / Wildlife Project Officer if you don't to be too specific)  


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

This month's winner will be given a year's membership of the wonderful Countryside Management Association.

Founded in 1966, the CMA is the largest organisation supporting the work of conservation, access and recreation professionals in the natural greenspace and countryside sector throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We work regionally, nationally and internationally to:

  • Support the training and personal development of staff, students and volunteers
  • Promote the value and importance of professionally managed countryside and urban green space
  • Influence other organisations involved in the management of countryside and urban green space
  • Champion staff, students and volunteers involved in countryside and urban green space

Join hundreds of other countryside professionals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and become a member of the Countryside Management Association (CMA).

On becoming a member, you will benefit from:

  • the opportunity to gain professional accreditation: underpinned by assessment of your experience, competency and qualification
  • Study /training days: visit sites/projects in your region or beyond, to learn from best practice and network with other CMA members
  • Ranger magazine: receive our quarterly magazine with relevant articles, news and features
  • Networking: join up with other CMA members through meetings, newsletters, social events and social media
  • Annual conference: attend our popular annual conference covering topical issues, field trips and workshops.
  • International links: gain access to a wider international network of countryside management professionals, through affiliation with the European and International Ranger Federations.

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. More about the prizes here.



You can submit any image at any time but we will be suggesting themes for each month ranging from the obvious British Countryside to the more open to interpretation "Green". You can see the full list of suggested subjects here. Simply email your photo (jpegs please) to 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. (Full rules are here - please read them before sending your photos, we'll assume you have.)  

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

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 new Instagram account ( 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.

Not only will your photos be seen by over 100,000 CJS readers but we have prizes too! The CJS Team will choose one winner each month who will receive a prize and at the end of the competition will select one image* as an overall winner to receive a prize money can't buy - an invitation to the grand gala opening of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2020. In July next year we will post a selection of photos online for you, our readers, to pick a winner who will win a year's subscription to BBC Wildlife magazine.


See the gallery of  winners here

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