Photography Competition


Could you be our winning photographer?



Grab your camera, or simply your smartphone, head out to one of our photogenic nature reserves and get snapping!


This year the categories include People and Wildlife, which is an opportunity to take a portrait of someone in their favourite spot on a BBOWT nature reserve. Capture the beauty of our countryside with the Wild Places category. From ancient woodland to flower-filled meadows there are a whole variety of habitats within our nature reserves to inspire your creativity.

Our nature reserves are filled with wildlife from tiny insects to huge herons. Whether your forte is grabbing a macro lens for a super close-up or capturing that lucky ‘blink and you miss it’ moment, Wildlife is the category to enter your stunning wildlife photographs.

There’s a category for budding young photographers (under 18s) and you can even enter photos taken on your smartphone!

The overall winner will receive a pair of Celestron binoculars and a day with wildlife photographer Elliott Neep. There are also prizes for the winner of each category.

The closing date for entries is 2 October and remember all photos need to be taken on a BBOWT reserve.




Oxford Festival of Nature Photography Competition 2016


A total of 415 entries were received in the second annual competition each entry vying for one of the top Lumix cameras generously donated by Panasonic, and a ProHides workshop with wildlife photographer Elliott Neep.

Overall winner, and also winner of the Wildlife category, is Ian Curtis from Wolvercote in Oxford. Ian lives close to Wolvercote Lakes nature reserve, which is owned by the Oxford Preservation Trust, and spends many hours there taking photos of wildlife. His long-lens shot of the kingfisher preening its wing was judged to be outstanding.

kingfisher-preening-at-wolvercote-lakes-oxfordshire-by-ian-curtis

Oxford Festival of Nature Photography Competition 2015


The first wildlife photography competition in 2015 attracted almost 200 entries, with topics ranging from ladybirds to landscapes and sunsets. The winning photographs captured the essence of the Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves: tranquil, easy for everyone to enjoy visiting, and always full of amazing wildlife!

Roy McDonald is the overall winner of the Oxford Festival of Nature Wildlife Photography Competition with ‘Nature’s Bounty’, a superbly focused photo of a fly on a wood anemone at Finemere Wood nature reserve in Bucks.

natures-bounty-by-roy-mcdonald