Over 1,600 photographs of North East wildlife were entered into this prestigious regional competition this year. With the standard of entries as high as ever it was a challenging task for the panel of judges to whittle them down to select a winner, runner up and highly commended photo in each category. From the six category winners, David Lindo, The Urban Birder, chose the overall winner: Marcus Kidd’s superb close-up study of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.
All winners received an exhibition-scale print of their work and a prize, and runners-up and highly commended winners received prizes.
An exhibition showcasing some of the amazing wildlife images from category winners and runners-up is open in the Galleria, Great North Museum: Hancock until 3rd September before it goes on tour around the region. The exhibition also features a digital slideshow of other competition entries.
Category winners, runners up and highly commended are as follows:
|Winner||Runner Up||Highly Commended|
|Wildlife portraits||Matthew Smith||Keith Cochrane||Mark Bowen|
|Wildlife in action||Mark Bowen||Mark Fullerton||Jonathan Gaunt|
|Wildlife in the landscape||Philippa Maddison||Nicholas Valori||John Taylor|
|Nature up close||Marcus Kidd||Peter Maguire||Gordon Porteous|
|Mobile nature||Elizabeth Doley||Trevor Richardson||Tracey Laing|
|Young person’s||Kyra Leigh Sudlow||David Raffle||Joshua Hood|
The North East Wildlife Photography Competition 2017 was organised in partnership with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Alan Hewitt Photography and the Wildlife Trusts of Durham, Tees Valley and Northumberland.