Black Friday is here again and this year we have been able to pull together some great deals for the day. We are only holding the deals for the one day so please do head over to our website on Friday to take advantage of them.

10% off all one day workshops and online tuition (including our 12 week course)
£200 off Forsinard Lodge week long tours
£50 off Forsinard Lodge weekend tours

These prices will be available on the website on the day, and of course this means members will still be able to use their discounts in conjunction with this offer.

Waterfall, Autumn Photography Tour

What a fabulous week, thank you to our two lovely guests who joined us for our first week-long Autumn Photography Tour here in Forsinard.

The weather was very kind to us for the week, with only a few short showers and one very windy day. But the skies were full of moody clouds interspersed with blue, the colours were starting to shine through with beautiful rust colours covering the heathers on the hills and the red/orange leaves of the trees. The salmon jumped while we watched on in awe at their strength and resilience to such a big hurdle, with huge gushing waters constantly pushing them back.

The treats were endless with the impressive Red Deer Stag’s bellowing by the side of the road and a well-known haunt where the Osprey fly (who have left for the season) confusing us with similar large birds, who surprise us with their lovely white tails when they took off, there’s no mistaking a Sea Eagle once it flies and we couldn’t contain our excitement at such a find.

But there were many simple pleasures, from the numerous bright red Fungi, to the old ruined crofts with stories of the past and my favourite the flowing, tumbling, serene waterfalls which we could have whiled away many hours taking pictures, just trying to encapsulate this calming scene.

We can’t wait for out next set of guests to arrive and to share all the wonders that this beautiful, calm landscape has to offer.

Ruin, Autumn Photography Tour

With 4 months of settling in to our new location, we are very excited to be having our first group of guests at Forsinard Lodge, in just over a weeks time. The autumn is coming on nicely and we are spending a lot of time on the ground researching location for what we hope will be great landscape and wildlife photography.

The tree’s are just starting to change in colour and the fungi is starting to appear, with all the recent rains we should find even more and of course them and the streams and rivers are running harder. We are watching out leaping salmon and checking out further site for some wonderful waterfalls.

The Red Deer have started to bellow so we have high hopes for the rut this year, although we have already been very spoilt with the sightings and pictures through the summer.

We’ll keep you all updated as things progress.

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)

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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.

We currently have some great last minute discounts for some of our events:

Macro Photography Session, Knowsley, 22.10.21

£89 (members £71.20)
Last minute pricing
£71.20 (members £56.96)

Bite Size Harvest Mouse Photography, Knowsley, 01.11.21

£49 (members £39.20)
Last minute pricing
£39.20 (members £31.36)

My New Best Friend is a Flashgun, Online, 28.10.21

£25 (members £20)
Last minute pricing
£20 (members £16)

It has been a crazy year, with most of us stuck at home or working incredibly hard. Easter hopefully will see the start of restrictions easing, so what better way to celebrate being outside in nature again than to dust off your camera and show us what spring means to you! This is an incredibly easy photography competition, we would just like nature pictures taken over the easter break, they should show the wonders of the natural world and how the places around us are bursting into life.

You can submit up to 3 images per category and our team will pick the ones that we feel meet the brief, and are of a technically and creatively, very high standard.

What are the categories and prizes are here you say … this is the most important bit, so here they are:

Categories

We initially thought we would do a simple ‘enter to win’ competition, but judging such a broad range of potential subjects, one against the other, can be difficult. So, we have decided on 3 categories to really help focus everyone’s minds!

(1) Nature in bloom

This category is all about flowers & plants and how, at this time of year, they are just emerging and starting to fill our landscape and gardens with bright vibrant colours. Please note, we are hoping to see wild or garden flowers not inside bouquets or florist examples.

(2) My lockdown companion

Over lockdown those of you who have pets will have really appreciated how they have supported us and kept us going through some lonely times, so this category is all about showing your love and appreciation for them with some wonderful pictures, capturing their crazy personalities or their simple calming influence.

(3) Backyard Safari

Our final category includes all that lovely wildlife that exists just outside your door, from the yearlong birds who stay around in the coldest of weathers to seasonal but sleepy animals who are just yawning and making their way out of their winter hideaways to greet the spring sunshine. Everything from small jumping spiders to larger mammals, as long as you found it here in the UK and close to your home, it counts!

Prizes 

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

  • Each category winner will receive a Wild Arena ‘Membership Plus’ worth £199, which includes a number of options for a photographic day out.
  • The runners up will receive a Wild Arena ‘Membership Extra’ worth £49, which also includes a photography session with us.
  • Finally, we will also pick an overall winner who will also receive a fantastic Lowepro bag worth £200!

The winners will be contacted via email on 1st May and then announced on our website and Facebook on 2nd May 2021

How to Enter

To enter simply send us your pictures (as a Jpeg file no larger than 2Mb), 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 over the Easter period (29thMarch to 16th April) 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 23rdApril 2021.
  • 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.

 

We are only 4 days away from Christmas now and hopefully you will all get to have time to relax and maybe even reflect on the strange year we have had.

If you still have presents to buy or ‘Aunt Mable’ is asking you for ideas, then it’s not too late to get that photography day, to get you out and about in the new year, with inspiration and contact with some truly lovely animals. You can book this for a set date or as an open dated voucher and we are currently offering:

One to One Marco or Safari
Full Day £300

Half Day £150

Bite Size £75

Wolf Pack Photography Workshop £75
Harvest Mouse Photography Workshop £75
Macro Workshop £149
Macro Masterclass £299

If you are still having to shield or you’re not quite happy to go out and about yet, then we have some great tutored online content for you:

Advanced Macro Photography Techniques £35
Introduction to Macro Photography £25
Bite Size Training £75
12 Week Introduction to Creative Photography £310

Sadly you have now missed the post but we can email out printable vouchers and details for orders received by 11am on 24th December, which you will receive by 5pm on 24th.