Deadline looms for photo contest

The RSPB is reminding people that the deadline for submitting images to the RSPB's “Fens through a Lens” photographic competition is looming fast. The closing date for the competition, organised jointly by the University Museum of Zoology in Cambridge, the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust, is June 27.

The RSPB is reminding people that the deadline for submitting images to the RSPB's “Fens through a Lens” photographic competition is looming fast.

The closing date for the competition, organised jointly by the University Museum of Zoology in Cambridge, the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust, is June 27. If you have captured a stunning moment with wildlife on nature reserves in the Fens recently, why not send us your photos now?

The competition is designed to reveal how parts of The Fens, once England's greatest wetland wilderness, are being brought back to life by the dedicated work of conservation organisations. Although much of the area has been drained for agricultural use over the yearsnature reserves such as the RSPB's Lakenheath Fen, Fen Drayton Lakes and the Ouse Washes reserves, the Wildlife Trust's Roswell Pits in Ely and the Great Fen Project reserves at Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen, are homes to a vast and growing array of wildlife.

Eleanor Fretwell, RSPB Public Affairs Officer, said: "Now is a perfect time to capture the special beauty of our Fenland nature reserves, and the wildlife that lives here - particularly at Lakenheath Fen. We have regular sightings of spectacular birds on a daily basis at this time of year. If you think you have what it takes, send us your pictures.”


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Entries will be judged in adult, 16 to 19, 13 to15 and under 12 age groups, and the winning and commended images will feature in a major public exhibition at the Zoology Museum during the autumn of 2008. Judges include International wildlife photographer, Chris Gomersall.

Helen Moore, education and community officer with the Wildlife Trust added: “The Wildlife Trust is delighted to be working with the RSPB and the Zoology Museum to encourage people to go out with their cameras and experience the wonders of fen landscape and wildlife.”

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Entry forms for the 'Fens through a Lens' competiton are available by calling in to the RSPB reserve at Lakenheath Fen, from the Zoology Museum on 01223 336650, or by e-mailing your postal address to Julie McArthur on jdm67@cam.ac.uk

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