Durham Wildlife Trust Upper Weardale Photography Competition 2019 Terms and Conditions

This competition is run by Durham Wildlife Trust and by submitting any photographs you will be held to have accepted these rules.



  1. The first prise in each category and for each age group is a supervised visit to see a black grouse lek in the spring of 2020, date and timing to be confirmed. The winners in the 18 and under age groups must be accompanied by a chaperone. There will also be 2 Highly Commended prizes in each category and age group (8 in total). Each main category winner and highly commended prize winner will receive a canvas print of their photograph.
  2. This competition has two categories:
    1. Wildlife
    2. Landscape
  1. Each category is divided into two age groups, 18 and under, and over 18s. For the 18 and under category, entrants must be aged 18 or younger on 13 March 2020. Proof of age may be requested. 



  1. This competition is open to anyone except Durham Wildlife Trust employees or those involved in the organisation of the competition. 



  1. If you are under 18 years of age, you must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s permission before entering the competition. By sending in an entry you are taken to have done this, but in respect of all winners under the age of 18 no prize will be awarded unless we receive relevant signatures from a parent or guardian agreeing to these terms on your behalf. If you win, we will contact you and request this before awarding a prize to you.



  1. The subject matter of this competition is wildlife and landscape in Weardale. Images of animals in captivity, or which are domesticated or restrained in any way will not be eligible. 
  2. Wildlife and landscape photographs taken within the Durham Wildlife Trust area are eligible, in particular those from Weardale.
  3. The welfare of the wildlife subject is of greater importance than the image itself. Entries which show evidence of disturbance or distress to the subject will be disqualified. Please take care to avoid damaging the environment in the process of your photography and filming. The Nature Photographers Code of Practice (http://www.rps.org/special-interest-groups/nature/about/the-nature-photographers-code-of-practice) should be followed at all times. 



  1. Your entries must be entirely your own original work. Joint entries are not eligible. In addition, your entries must not defame anybody nor contain any third party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, nor be obscene or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations. 
  2. You can submit a maximum of three entries for each category you are eligible to enter, but entrants cannot receive multiple prizes.
  3. If Durham Wildlife Trust has reason to believe your entry is not your own work or otherwise breaches any of these rules, then your entries will NOT BE considered. Durham Wildlife Trusts’ decision on eligibility is final. 


We regret we are unable to return any photographs or discs.



  1. Photos must not previously have been published in a UK photography competition.
  2. Cropping is allowed, but other than this the images must not be changed, added to or manipulated in any way. 
  3. Photographic entries must be submitted digitally using the form on our website: www.durhamwt.com/viewsofweardale



  1. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary. 
  2. Your entries must comply with these rules, so please make sure you read them carefully.  
  3. Please submit all entries via www.durhamwt.com/viewsofweardale
  4. No responsibility is taken for lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete entries. 
  5. The deadline for receiving entries is 5pm on Friday 13 March 2020.



  1. Copyright of all entries remains with the photographer, but by entering this competition you grant permission to Durham Wildlife Trust and the Living Uplands project to reproduce your photos or use your footage in electronic format and hard copy without payment, including but not limited to, use in an online and printed edition of The Natural History of Upper Weardale. Information on winning entries will be released to the press and may be published in print or electronic media.
  2. You grant Durham Wildlife Trust and its associates who have sponsored this competition as mentioned above the right to use your name and village, town or city of residence for the purpose of identifying you as the author of your photos, and/or naming you as a winner of the competition.
  3. Other than as explained above, your details will not be used or shared with any third party without your permission.
  4. Your details will not be used or shared with any third party without your permission. 



  1. Judges appointed by Durham Wildlife Trust will choose the winners. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the judging or any other aspect of this competition. We regret that, due to the high number of entries, individual feedback will not be possible. 
  2. If a winning entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, or if, being under 18, rule number 5 is not complied with within 7 days of the request being made, Durham Wildlife Trust reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.
  3. Winners will be notified no later than 1st April 2020 and the results will be announced on the website www.durhamwt.com w/c 6th April. A list of winners will be available after this date on request to Durham Wildlife Trust.