Thank you to everyone who entered our Spring Photography Competition, we were overwhelmed with the response and it was a very difficult decision to pick the winners. After much deliberation we are please to announce the winners below.

Category 1 – Silhouette

Winner – Carol Kitson

Runner Up – Colin Armstrong

Category 2 – Together

Winner – Colin Armstrong

Runner Up – Yvette Brereton

Category 3 – Joy of Colour

Winner – Sarah Horrocks

Runner Up – Kate Unsworth

Overall Winner – Sarah Horrocks

Once again thank you to everyone who took part, we really enjoyed looking through all your images and we hope you all really enjoyed taking them.

For the original list of prizes please click here

As we progress with our exciting moving plans to Scotland, we are very pleased to announce we will be working with Wilkinson Cameras and ‘Animal Teach’ to offer amazing new macro events in nearby Liverpool. We have known the team at Animal Teach for many years, and their fully licensed animal collection is perfect for the studio photography we are planning.

We are offering a highly informative day in a superbly set up studio with fantastic subjects, perfect for anyone interested in capturing some awesome close-up images. Animal Teach will be rehoming many of our animals, adding to the already great line up of creatures they already have.

Animals you may see on the events might include;

Harvest Mice

Crested Gecko

Gargoyle Gecko

Leopard Gecko

Praying Mantis (various species)

Stick insect (various species)

Borneo Eared Frogs

Tomato Frog

Cinnamon Frogs

Panther Chameleon

Yemen Chameleon

Blue Tongue Skink

Millipedes

Poison Dart Frogs

Macro Photography Workshop, Liverpool 
£198 (members price £158.40)

16.06.22
07.07.22
15.09.22

After everyones feedback on wanting some training on the new Canon R series cameras we are really pleased to now be able to offer our ‘Setting up your R6, R5 and R3 camera for wildlife photography’.

The new range of Canon mirrorless cameras have many of the features you may be used to seeing on the traditional mirrored version, but once you start diving into the menu systems there is so much more you can set up to help you with your photography. New technology brings amazing opportunities but also presents challenges in terms of mastering new features and more complex set-ups.

This can be daunting and sometimes you simply don’t understand why you would want to set it up differently to how it comes out of the box. With so many new tools and the customisable ability to assign different features to different buttons, we will talk you through these features and why you might want to play around with the set-up to really get the best out of these very capable cameras to better your wildlife photography.

Whilst of course, the photographer is always more important than the camera, if you are concentrating on wildlife and capturing those fleeting action shots, the customised set ups we will run through, should really help you to record these exciting moments.

We are offering these sessions both online and in person, so you can learn in the style that best suits you. After the course is complete, we will of course, send you through all of the notes from the session, giving you plenty of time to play around and set things up with your camera, in your own way and at your own pace.

Topics covered will include:

  • Basic auto focus set up
  • Using subject tracking and eye tracking
  • Options for assigning button functions
  • Exposure setting options
  • Controlling ISO
  • Using RF lenses, EF/RF adapters & accessories
  • Setting up ‘my menu’
  • Setting up custom shooting modes

If you are attending the course at Knowsley, once we have finished you can take the rest of the day to explore the park with the included admission to try out any new settings straight away.

If you are attending the course online, with only 6 people there will be plenty of time to ask questions and with zoom we can guide you through the settings with your camera in front of you.

Workshop, Knowsley 
£89 (members price £71.20)
27.05.22
29.05.22

Workshop, online
£44.50 (members price £35.60)

12.05.22
24.05.22

Competition time!

With another year of Covid disruption behind us, we’ve decided it’s time for another photography competition! We had a wonderful response last year and we’ve had lots of customers saying how much they loved the challenge, so we guessed it was about time we got everyone involved again.

We’ve decided to start a bit earlier than last season, but it should be a perfect time of year to start getting out with your photography. So dust off your camera, tripod and filters and let’s see your best spring pictures!

In the same vain as last year, we want to make this incredibly easy. We’re giving you the month of April to head out and take some inspiring images for us to see.

We have 3 categories and you can submit up to 3 images per category. Our team will then pick the ones we feel best meet the brief, and are of a technically and creatively, very high standard.

Without any further ado, here are the categories;

1) ‘Silhouette’

This category does what it says on the tin! It’s all about amazing silhouettes. The important thing to remember here is, it’s the outline or shape that make the best silhouette shot – something very undefined won’t work so well. For example this beautiful mountain pony, gives a great shape against the dramatic clouds.

2) ‘Together’

This category should encourage you to really try and think outside the box! Remember it’s not just about two people being together, but could be connection between anything; 2 animals together, an animal together with nature, nature together with a human etc.

We think you can have a lot of fun with this one!

3) Joy of Colour

After a drab grey winter, this is the perfect category to get you thinking about the beauty of colour! With new spring growth and the vibrant colours that brings, there should be many things to inspire you in the natural world.

Of course there are loads of other ideas too, like this garden snail and the beautiful colour of a sunset.

Prizes 

So, onto the second most important bit, the prizes!

The winners will be contacted via email on 13th May and then announced on our website and Facebook on 14th May 2022.

How to Enter

To enter simply send your pictures (as a JPEG file no larger than 2Mb please) to us via email at info@wildarena.com.

Competition Rules

  • Open to all residents of the UK except Wild Arena employees.
  • By entering the competition, the participants agree that their name and nearest town of residence may be released if they win.
  • All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not contravene the rights of third parties.
  • All images must be taken during the month of April 2022 in the UK. We may not be able to verify everyone’s images, so we are expecting you to be honest.
  • Technical spec: images must be entered as .jpg files no larger than 2Mb.
  • Entrants grant Wild Arena the right to place their entry onto the Wild Arena website in relation to the competition.
  • Entries must be submitted by 6th May 2022.
  • The winning entrants, will be the ones that in the judge’s opinion are the best.
  • Once photos are submitted, they cannot be changed.
  • The judges’ decisions are final.

 

If you are interested in learning more about why you should use filters in the digital age, please use this link to head over to the Holdan website for David’s blog on this subject. We also currently offer workshops in the Elan Valley teaching this very subject.

We are very excited to announce the beginning of a whole new chapter in the wild Arena story! Last month we completed the purchase of an amazing property in northern Scotland, ‘Forsinard Lodge’, which will become our new headquarters in the coming months and a base for some amazing new experiences. Over the past 15 years we have spent a lot of time in Scotland, both personally and working with other photographers, such as Neil McIntyre. As a business we feel this is a great development to our offering, and as we are relocating to beautiful Scotland, this will add a new dimension of wilderness experience to what we can offer.

So why Forsinard?

Many of you may not have heard of the area, but this undiscovered gem is a photographer’s paradise. The property, where we will be able to offer accommodation, is sat right next to ‘Forsinard Flows’. an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the home to one of the largest RSPB reserves in the country.  There will be plenty of wildlife, which perhaps you have come to know us for, but this is also a dark sky, northern light area and has breath-taking landscapes. Forsinard lies more to the east than west, but still has majestic mountains nearby, and is close enough to the north coast to be able to easily escape the land for boat adventures, with some amazing coastal nature. As this area is still very much undiscovered, and being off the popular ‘NC500’ route, anytime spent here, will truly be away from the crowds where you can immerse yourself and your photography in a truly wild landscape.

We will be spending the next few months coming up with some great itineraries for weekend and week-long breaks & expeditions, with photography, nature and learning being equally important. Our trips to Scotland have offered many of you the chance to get some great pictures, but also spend time with like-minded photographers, whilst concentrating on nothing else for the duration of a relaxing break. Our guests have always fed back how useful this has been for moving their photography forward, and this really is our hope with this new venture. A great way to learn, in a supportive environment, that will offer some truly fantastic picture opportunities

This is obviously a big change for us, as we have had the privilege of being based within Knowsley Safari Park for the past 10 years. In terms of the business and the activities we offer, this will inevitably evolve, but it is our intention to continue the majority of Wild Arena’s favourite events as outlined below.

Knowsley Safari Park sessions: 

This will continue as normal until the end of May, and then we are planning to refresh these events with some small changes.

Macro Studio (Knowsley):

This will continue as normal until the end of May, and then we are planning to replace these activities with alternative close-up photography sessions at a venue close by.

Woburn Safari Park sessions:

This will remain unchanged until the end of May, but should then continue for the rest of 2022 with potentially some minor changes.

To allay any fears, any dates we have already booked or are advertising for any events will, needless to say, be delivered with our usual care and attention!

Of course, beyond our regular events, we will be launching a range of very exciting trips and activities – perfect for us and our customers!

We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break and managed to stay safe. To celebrate the New Year we’re offering 10% off all our Bite Size and Workshop events. This discount is available on all bookings until the end of January, on the events listed below

Architecture in the Landscape, Elan Valley
Normally £129 (members price £103.20)

Special price £116.10 (Members price £92.88)

Macro Workshop, Knowsley
Normally £179 (members price £143.20)

Special price £161.10 (Members price £128.88)

Bite Size Frog Photography
Normally £49 (members price £39.20)

Special price £44.10 (Members price £35.28)

Bite Size Harvest Mouse Photography
Normally £49 (members price £39.20)

Special price £44.10 (Members price £35.28)

These great value prices are available on-line (just follow the links), but please feel free to e-mail us at info@wildarena.com or call on 0151 528 6607 if you have any difficulties or special requirements!

Please note this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Happy Christmas everyone from all of us at Wild Arena, we hope you all have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you in 2022

Our office opening hours over the festive period are:

Open as usual until midday on 24th December (we can do email voucher right up until this time)

Closed from 25th until 2nd January.

Open as usual from 3rd January 2022.

Last minute places available, if your in the area and need your photography fix, then this is a great idea.
Bite Size Harvest Mouse 20% discount 18.12.21
Macro Photography Workshop 20% discount 19.12.21
Just follow the link to book email or call us.

We promised more information about our Black Friday offers and as Friday is looming here are our crazy deals. This will only be available on Friday, but if you do struggle with the website please just email, text or call us.

One to Ones Safari or Macro 25% off!

Workshop, Full Day £399 (Members £319.20)
Black Friday Deal £299.25 (Members £239.40)

Session, Half day £199 (Members £159.20)
Black Friday Deal £149.25 (Members £119.40)

Bite Size, 1.5 hours £99 (Members £79.20)
Black Friday Deal £74.25 (Members £59.40)

This deal is only available on the dated products and not on the vouchers, but if you can’t find a date to suit you, please email, text or call us and we can discuss a date.

12 Week Understanding Creative Photography Course 25% 0ff

£310 (Members £248)
Black Friday Deal £232.50 (Members £186)
Commencing 30.11.21 (Every Tuesday at 7pm except 28th December completing 22nd February 2022)