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.
We're suggesting categories each month to guide you although you may enter photos on any subject.
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)
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CJS want to thank all the wonderful organisations who are supporting our competition by providing 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 email@example.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. (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
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 (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.
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.
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.