My Wild Life photography competition is back at The Base, Greenham

The Base at Greenham has launched their popular My Wild Life photography competition, inspired by the return of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 58 to their gallery in February/March 2023.

Newbury Weekly News photographer Phil Cannings and arts editor Trish Lee will once again join the judging panel.

Now in its 4th year, photographers of all ages and expertise are invited to participate – whether it’s capturing a picture of insects in their back garden, wildlife spotted on a family walk, or snapping snaps of a beloved pet , The Base seeks creative ideas when it comes to capturing the wonders of the wildlife that surround us, urban and rural.

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My wild life (59392693)
My wild life (59392693)

Two winning photographers will get the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Beale Wildlife Park in Lower Basildon.

As well as a zoo keeper for the day, winners will be able to meet the animals and take photos behind the fence that would otherwise not be possible. You will also win a Base Pass/Family Base Pass Annual Pass which gives you unlimited entry to the Base Gallery for a full year, along with having your photos displayed at the Base Runway Gallery and Beale Park and printed out at the Newbury Weekly News.

The Base aims to showcase the best of local talent that celebrates our wildlife and nature, and as such, the winning entries will be displayed in the Runway Gallery along with the runners-up, finalists and acclaimed entries for all to see and admire.

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2021 U18 Winner – Goldcrest on Umbellifer at Anton Lakes, Thomas Eastwood

Gallery Manager at The Base Stephanie Johnson said: “This is our fourth year running this competition and we are delighted to bring Beale Wildlife Park on board to achieve such an incredible first prize. The skills we have seen in young people and adults on the ground are incredible and absolutely inspiring. In fact, over the past few years, visitors to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition have often commented that our competition finalists’ entries would not seem out of place in the prestigious exhibition – and we could only agree.”

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Entries must explore or capture the theme of “My Wild Life” and the closing date for entries is Sunday December 18th at 5:00pm. Finalists from each of the two age categories (under 18 and over 18) will be selected by a panel of experts, and the winning entries from each category will be selected by the public in an online vote on The Base’s Facebook page starting Thursday, January 12.

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