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Science Festival Photography Competition

Orkney International Science Festival has launched a Wildlife Photography Competition as part of this year’s festival, and entries are now open.

There are two sections: 16 years and under, and 17 years and over. The competition will close on Tuesday 15th of August.

a puss moth caterpillar looking straight up at the camera
Puss Moth caterpillar Credit: Bell

Judging the entries will be award winning photographers Raymond Besant from Orkney and Richard Shucksmith of Shetland.

The judges will give a presentation together in Kirkwall on Saturday 9 September, followed by a wildlife photography workshop at Skaill House Falconry Centre, Orkney.

Winners will be announced during the festival, 7-13th September.

Prizes: up to the value of £40, donated by The Orcadian Bookshop and Findlays Photoshop, and a print of their photo, supplied by WHB Sutherland.

All photographers are invited to submit their best wildlife photographs from Orkney.

Howie Firth, Festival Director said :

“Orkney is so rich in wildlife, from orcas and otters to butterflies and moths and the opportunities for photography are vast. We have been fortunate in getting the ideal judges, with Raymond and Richard’s work so renowned, and we’re delighted that they’re going to be giving a presentation and a workshop in the programme as well.

“We just hope for some fine Orkney days ahead to encourage many people to set off out with a camera.”

For more information on the entry criteria, terms and conditions, and to enter OISF Wildlife photography competition, click on this link: Orkney International Science Festival Photography Competition

a large heron spreading out its wings as it stands on a rock
Image credit Noel Donaldson

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  1. Great idea for a contest! That Grey Heron is one unhappy bird in such a display posture. I hope the photographers in the contest all know to give wildlife adequate space and not get too close. Natural cover hides and telephoto lenses help protect wildlife. Here there are established guidelines for how close birds may be approached. Good luck to all contest entrants. I’ll be eager to see more of your Orkney nature photos!

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