Introducing a brand new photography competition!
Are you inspired by nature and wildlife across Scotland? If so, why not enter RSPB Scotland’s photography competition? All donations received will go to support wildlife conservation in Scotland.
The competition is FREE to enter and you may choose up to 3 categories. There will be one winner and one runner up from each category.
If you would like to make a suggested donation of £5.00 towards our wildlife conservation work in Scotland, please visit:
All photographs will automatically be entered into the running to win the RSPB Scotland Photographer of the Year 2013!
Competition closing date 30 December 2013
Read on for details of judging panel, prizes, under-18s competition and full Terms & Conditions.
The winner from each category will win:
Under 18’s competition
If you are aged under 18 years old and a keen photographer enthused by the beauty of nature and wildlife, then this is the competition for you.
The theme for this competition is Giving Nature a Home and the winner will receive the title of RSPB Scotland’s Young Photographer of the Year 2013.
A runner up will also be chosen from this competition.
The runner up will also be featured in the RSPB Scotland Photography Competition calendar 2015
Winner/Runners up – will be asked to submit original image/size in CD
John Aitchison - Bafta winning BBC wildlife cameraman and photographer (Hebrides, Springwatch, Big Cat Diaries).
Dean Bricknell - Wildlife & landscape Photographer, a lifelong passion for inspirational nature photography
Andy Hay - RSPB photographer
How to enter
Please read the Competition Rules & Terms & Conditions
E-mail digital images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ensure you tell us the following information:
No smaller than 5x7 – Please post hard copies to:
2 Lochside View,
Please note – winners will either be contacted by e-mail or phone, therefore it is vital that you provide this information
If you would like to make a suggested donation of £5.00 towards our wildlife conservation work in Scotland, please visit
Your donation will help towards the ongoing conservation work of the RSPB. If we all act together, we can save nature and ensure that there is beautiful areas of Scotland to photograph in the future. Nature is amazing, please help us keep it that way.
Competition closing date 30 December 2013
RSPB’s Scotland’s Photography Competition Rules
When submitting an image please follow the rules below, Thank you
Terms and Conditions
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Conservation Manager, Stuart Benn, tells us how his Big Wild Sleepout went...
I thought you were bringing it!!
It hadn’t been a good start.
We were heading up into the glens for the Big Wild Sleepout when we realised we hadn’t packed the tent! Note for next year – make a list! Anyway, it was too far from home and too late to go back to fetch it so we ended up with the two of us plus dog sleeping in the car - very cosy. From the contented and deep schnufflings coming from the direction of his bed, the puppy got the best sleep!
But, really, it was just a minor inconvenience – we were out there enjoying the evening, night and the early morning and that’s what it’s about. Next day, while the moth traps were getting checked I took a stroll up the glen – first bird I saw was a dipper arrowing up the burn and the second was a golden eagle which I watched hunting for a good 40 minutes. At one point it perched on the highest hill – what a view it must have had from up there.
I even managed to get a pic of it – yes, that thing just to the right of the highest point is an adult eagle!
Maybe we were the only people in Britain to see an eagle on our Sleepout but if you’ve never seen moths or nightjars or stars or meteors or bats or heard an owl or been out at night before then that’s pretty wild too.
RSPB Conservation Manager Stuart Benn is looking forward to the Big Wild Sleepout. Will you be participating?
It’s the best time of the day...
I’ve always been something of a magpie, always on the lookout for pictures or words that ‘stick to the eyes’, things that I can keep in mind and refer back to. So, when I was on the Tube a couple of weeks ago and saw an advert with the tagline – ‘It’s the best time of the day, the night-time’ – it stayed with me.
And that image neatly sums up the thinking behind the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout – a chance to experience being out at night, to peer into that unfamiliar world, to see things in a different light, to be a part of the magic.
Well it’s nearly here, it’s next weekend, are you up for it?! We know that there’s loads of people coming up with their own ideas or signing up to the organised events up and down the country and our fingers are crossed that the weather will cooperate.
Tent and moth trap.
Last weekend we delved into the cupboard, got the tent out and headed up into the glens for a dry (hopefully!) run. We arrived mid-evening and found the perfect spot, beautiful and still, with the spotted flycatcher, redstart, swallow and house martin families having a great time trying to put a dent in the local midge population. But, a bit of repellent saw us alright as we got the tent up and set out a couple of moth traps. Soon done and then all we needed to do was relax with a cup of tea and watch the world soften and darken until the only light came from the traps and the twinkling stars.
Spotted flycatcher (RSPB images).
We turned in for a sound sleep as the lovely night turned into a lovely morning – up early but the birds had beaten us to it and were already on midge patrol. Quick cup of tea and then it was time to check the traps. It’s been said that there’s a bit of theatre about checking a moth catch and it does feel like that – you never quite know what you’ll find, it’s a voyage of discovery and the chance to get up close to such beautifully patterned insects is always fun.
Brin thought so too and checked out an Antler moth – still doing OK here in the north but in big trouble further south as is the case with the redstarts, flycatchers and hundreds of other species. We need to find out why this is happening and start putting it right – pronto.
Brin and Antler moth.
We were all done by 9am so could leisurely pack up as the day warmed – and there was still nearly all of it ahead of us to enjoy!
It had been great fun - the night-time really is the best part of the day. But don’t take my word for it, join us this weekend for moths, walks, bats, campfires, stars, surprises, mystery and find out for yourself!