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Dorset Wildlife Trust appeal to young photographers
BUDDING photographers are being urged to spring into action with their camera and capture Dorset’s wilder side.
Conservation charity the Dorset Wildlife Trust wants spring pictures for its monthly photographic competition for under-18s The time to start snapping away is now, the charity says, with the first frogspawn and butterflies of the year already spotted.
Catherine Mason, community conservation officer at DWT, said: “Now is the perfect time to practise using your latest phone or camera by searching out the hidden wildlife in your local area.
“Try looking in sheltered spots such as under logs for creatures hiding from the cold, or venture out on a sunny day and find an early bumble bee or beetle.
“We are keen to see pictures of some of our smaller wildlife that is often overlooked, so take a closer look around you.”
The Pat Dolbear Photographic Award for Young People aims to get youngsters interested in some of our smaller nature by using their mobiles and digital cameras.
The award is the brainchild of expert photographer Ken Dolbear, a long-standing member of DWT from Portland, and is dedicated to the memory of his wife Pat. Prizes of up to £25 in Amazon gift tokens will be given to one or more of the young photographers who, in the opinion of the judging panel, submit the best work each month.
The monthly winners and runners-up work will be showcased on Facebook and Twitter and may even feature in DWT’s monthly e-news bulletin Wildlife Matters. Some of the images may also benefit DWT’s conservation work by expanding its already comprehensive photographic data base of wildlife in the county.
To enter the Pat Dolbear Photographic Award, send photos to email@example.com including your name and age and some detail about when and where the photo was taken.
Winners will be notified by email. You can see the latest winners at www.facebook.com/dorsetwildlife