Exeter City Council Wildlife Photography at Home CompetitionScroll down
At the beginning of 2021 during the third national lockdown, Exeter City Council partnered with Devon Wildlife Trust to ask residents of Exeter to capture images of wildlife in their gardens and backyards. This amateur photography competition aimed to promote mental wellbeing during a difficult time and to encourage people to notice the diversity of wildlife where they live.
Stephen Hussey of Devon Wildlife Trust, said: “The UK’s gardens cover an area larger than all the nation’s nature reserves put together. This means they are a crucial resource for our wildlife. In turn, our gardens are often the place that most of us get our closest encounters with nature. Watching birds come to our birdfeeders and seeing bumblebees visit our garden flowers are everyday wildlife experiences which are special, and a reminder of just how rich in nature our gardens are.”
A selection of photographs have been chosen for Showcase from the numerous outstanding entries to the competition. This digital display complements the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition from the Natural History Museum, currently showing in the main galleries at RAMM.
Nick de Cent, ‘Female Blackbird in the Frosty Dawn Light’ and ‘Male Blackbird after Sunrise’
Adelaide Ward, ‘Bee on Pink Flower’
Paul Bray, ‘Blackbird’
Christina Carpenter, ‘7-Spot Ladybird Looking for a Cosy Place to Overwinter’
Finley Dennison, ‘Fox’ and ‘Rabbit’
David Flint, ‘Female Southern Hawker Dragonfly’
David’s photograph was the winning entry to the competition.
Elaine Radford, ‘Dew’ and ‘Dew on Feather’
Andrew Coventry, ‘European Robin (Erithacus Rubecula)’
Victor Ambrosini, ‘Bee’ and ‘Long-horned Musk Beetle’
Jenny Lees, ‘Lazy Squirrel’
Geoff Marshall, ‘Bee on Escallonia’ and ‘Roe Deer Eating Garden Plants’
Pam Gurney, ‘Dancing Robin’
Paul Osborne, ‘Crab Spider on a Spring Starflower’
Neil Whiter, ‘Swallow Feeding Young’ and ‘Fox and Cubs’
Algirdas Stasiukaitis, ‘Swan Dancing’