Alongside the film competition, the Wild Film Fest Photography Competition opens up the festival to a wider audience of media creators, hosting a gallery of remarkable images captured and created by skilled student photographers. This year the competition is split into 4 categories: Habitat, Behaviour, Smartphone and Abstract.
Habitat: From giant sweeping landscapes to ants crawling over a mushroom, this category is for images that display the vast array of habitats that life exists in. From wide angle shots of a woodland over rolling hills to a macro photograph of rock shrimp navigating between giant anemones and coral arches, we want images portraying the areas in which organisms live at any scale.
Behaviour: Every action performed by every animal is a behaviour, often precisely tailored by millions of years of evolution, from a falcon stooping in pursuit of a smaller bird, to a pair of slugs dangling from the end of a mucous bungee, or even a lizard basking on it’s side in the morning sun. Images capturing the actions, inactions and interactions of wildlife would be prime candidates for this category.
Abstract: Photography is about capturing time in a single frame. Using techniques like long exposure and image stitching can capture more story than any traditional shot. The abstract category is all about exploring creativity, innovating, capturing something truly unique. Equally, happy accidents, the bear shaking his head as the image is captured, dropping the camera as the shutter is released, any and all more complex, creative shots are welcome in the abstract category.
Smartphone: At Wild film Fest we know not everyone has the top of the line equipment, and it can be disheartening going out birding with a smartphone only to see a photographer wielding a lens reminiscent of a medieval cannon, and that might be more at home attached to a spy satellite. We firmly believe that taking great pictures and having expensive cameras is not the same, as Chase Jarvis once said “The best camera is the one you have with you”, and we run this category to emphasise our belief in that. Any pictures of nature/wildlife taken on a smartphone are eligible, but please, no saved snapchats.
For information about the rules and conditions of entering the competition and how to submit, please click here