Wildlife photo competition launched

Keen photographers are urged to enter an annual wildlife photo competition run by a conservation charity.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is searching for the best images of wildlife and wild places within the two counties.

This year’s contest includes several new categories such as reptiles and amphibians and will separate images featuring Hampshire and Isle of Wight landscapes.

Entry to the competition is free and winners from each of the 12 categories will get their picture featured in the charity’s calendar. The overall winner will receive a £150 prize.

Competition organiser Stephanie Watson said: “This competition is all about showing off the fabulous wildlife and landscapes of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

“We can’t wait to see what images people enter. This year we have a new category for more artistic shots and that one is going to be particularly interesting to keep an eye on.”

The deadline for entries is July 31. To find out how to enter and for competition rules visit http://www.hiwwt.org.uk.