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North East Wildlife Photography Competition and Exhibition 2017

19th July 2017

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly © Marcus Kidd

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.