A stunning image of two adders intertwined on a woodland floor wins the Wilder Kent Photography Competition - Kent Wildlife Trust

'Snakes and Adders' by Matt Smith
'Snakes and Adders' by Matt Smith

Stunning images showcasing Kent’s wildlife have been chosen as winners in the Wilder Kent Photography Competition.

Each year a judging panel from Kent Wildlife Trust scrutinise hundreds of submissions from wildlife enthusiasts across the county in categories including birds, animals, insects, and landscapes.

The overall winner this year was a captivating image of two adders taken by Matt Smith on the Trust’s very own nature reserve Queendown Warren. The image, named “Snakes and Adders” shows a male and female adder intertwined on a woodland floor.

Kent Wildlife Trust’s Tim Horton, who was part of the judging panel that selected the image as the overall winner said: “We were bowled over by both the number and quality in this year’s competition and it was challenging to choose an outright winner as every image had special qualities. ‘Snakes and Adders' was an instant favourite across the judging panel; we were not only impressed by the gorgeous exposure, complementing colours, and precise aperture control, but we also greatly appreciated the deviation in subject choice. Unfortunately, Britain's native reptiles are often overlooked, including when it comes to wildlife photography. The difference in subject choice helped Matt's submission stand out. Congratulations to Matt as our winner; we suspect that a lot of planning, patience, and stillness was required to capture such a notoriously elusive animal. His efforts definitely paid off!”

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Posted On: 13/11/2023

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