Capture Devon and Cornwall’s wildlife at its best

Photographers are being challenged to showcase the flora and fauna of south west England in a competition opening today.

Launched by OPAL South West and the Plymouth Woodland Project, both part of Plymouth University’s outreach programme, the competition will run until the end of August.

The organisers aim to raise awareness of the diverse wildlife on our doorstep and the challenges faced by our natural environment, with categories including ‘urban wildlife’ and ‘wildlife in ex-industrial landscapes’.

Man taking photos of plants“There are few truly natural landscapes left – the actions of people have shaped the natural world for thousands of years, but the impact has never been greater than it is now,” said Alison Smith, scientist at Plymouth Woodland Project.

 “It’s important to be aware of this, but it’s also important to celebrate how wildlife has adapted and can thrive in unexpected situations.”

The competition is open to anyone – whether you are a resident or a visitor to the south west – and includes sections for over-18s and under-18s. There is also a mobile phone category, meaning that you don’t need expensive equipment to get involved.

Winners will be announced in September and the best pictures will be exhibited at Plymouth University and on the OPAL and Plymouth Woodland Project websites.