CJS Photography Competition

bell heather (image: Kerryn Humphreys)
logo: CJS Photography competition

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 October suggested theme is: Tools of the Trade

Prize: subscription to OS Maps

Get unlimited OS Explorer and Landranger maps on any device making it easy for you to explore the great outdoors.


This is one the themes that is more open to interpretation, the tools of your trade could be anything from the physical tools you use such as a chainsaw or things that mean you are able to carry out your job such as your volunteers, the works vehicle, your computer - whatever you think encompasses your daily role. Alternatively they could be the things that make your day pass smoothly - the essential brew, the canine companion in the cab on your rounds, the smartphone that keeps you in touch with the office and family. Explanations and captions would be most helpful in introducing your photo to people who are perhaps not familiar with exactly what it is you do.

We look forward to seeing your tools of your trade.

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

See the winning photos here.

And don't forget to follow our instagram.


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

logo: Ordance Survey

This month (December) the prize is a subscription to OS Maps Get unlimited OS Explorer and Landranger maps on any device making it easy for you to explore the great outdoors.

For over 228 years, Ordnance Survey has helped people explore Great Britain. And today, more than ever, we are committed to helping more people to get outside more often, so that they live longer, stay younger and enjoy life more.

OS Maps is our multi award winning guide in the great outdoors, combining Ordnance Survey’s iconic mapping (1:25k, 1:50k), with over 2 million routes, stunning 3D mapping, and Augmented Reality.

It can be accessed via a single login for the mobile app when out and about, or a web browser for planning at home. Subscribers also benefit from access to thousands of professional routes from authors such as Country Walking, Trail Magazine and AA Walks.

And the features don’t stop there. Once you’ve decided where to go, you can print off your map and download an offline copy to your phone, so you don’t have to rely on mobile reception. The app tracks exactly where you are, and helps you discover more about your surroundings using Augmented Reality, highlighting hills, woodland, towns and more. It even links through to an individual web page giving more details of the area, including local walks, images and places to stay.

Last year we added “Tabletop 3D” to preview or review routes as a 3D model, extending our much-loved 3D tools from web to iOS as well.

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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.


Want to go to next year's British Wildlife Photography Awards gala exhibition opening?

We have a very special prize for the overall winner (and guest) of our photography competition who will receive an invitation to the gala opening night of next year's awards.  This year's awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 18 September and was hosted by Mark Carwardine. You'll get to see all the winning photographs in high definition, get to meet the photographers and the judges as well as representatives from the many supporters.  Entry is exclusively by invitation only, this really is a special prize that money can't buy.


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

Latest additions to Instagram

We're sharing some of your photos to our instagram, the most recent uploads are here, click on the image to see the full post and to like or follow.