CJS Photography Competition

bell heather (image: Kerryn Humphreys)
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It's the last month for entries in our Photography Competition and the suggested theme is Hidden Gems and the prize is a bundle of goodies from The Mammal Society and others.


Please bear in mind at all times that your health, and the health of those around you, is more important than any photograph and you should not do anything to put it at risk.

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.


The July suggested theme is: Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems is another theme open to interpretation, you might chose something ephemeral and only seen occasionally like this spiders web which you can only see clearly because of the way the light caught it first thing in the morning whilst covered in dew. Perhaps you'll think of a gateway to a secret garden, if could be something hiding in the undergrowth, hiding under leaves or carefully camouflaged from view. There again it might be your favourite landscape that's not well known, a view that makes your heart sing every time you see it. The choice is yours and we wait to see what you'll pick.

Prize: the bundle consists of a bag, pen and badge from our featured charity The Mammal Society plus a handbook from RSPB and wooden rulers from CIEEM.

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. 

As well as the monthly prizes there are prizes to be awarded once the competition closes

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The overall winner as chosen by the CJS Team will receive a year's membership of Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers  We have runners up prizes of a bundle of birdwatching books, CJS subscriptions and more.  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. During August 2020 readers will get a choice to vote a selection of images.

When we launched the competition in July 2019 our overall winner's prize was to be an invitation to the grand gala opening of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 due to be held in September, unfortunately the Awards are not accepting entries at present (spring/summer 2020) and therefore there is unlikely to be a gala or even exhibition in 2020. We didn't feel it was fair to offer a prize which might not happen until 2021 and consequently took the decision to change the overall prize.

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

Coronavirus reminder - Be safe: 

Please bear in mind at all times that your health, and the health of those around you, is more important than any photograph and you should not do anything to put it at risk.

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 ran until 1st November 2019 but the advice remains relevent. 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 who will receive a year's membership of the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers.

In August 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.