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.

Due to local lockdowns we’ve had a cancelation for the 14.08.20. So if anyone fancies doing our Wolf Cub Photography Workshop, we have just 2 spaces on this date. Click here for more details

Today we catch up on the animals in the park, with Eland Antelope youngsters and a Giraffe close-up encounter! Don’t forget to let us know what you think and what else you would like us to cover!

Today our daily update includes European bison, how we work safely in the current virus situation and developments in our very own Bat ‘murder mystery’!

After a day of technical issues yesterday, we are back up and running with another episode. Once again we headed out into the park to see what we could find.

I think we are all a little depressed with the constant stream of advise and news about the Coronovirus and of course, we do all have to take that seriously. But here at Wild Arena we have been trying to think of events that we can offer at this time and ‘One to One’ sessions are perfect! You can’t get a smaller group size than one and with our extra measures for cleaning and hand sanitizing you couldn’t be in safer hands. Let’s also be honest, we like many other business’s are struggling with the shutdown, so these really are crazy prices and absolutely ‘one time’ offers to see us through these very challenging times. So if you can support us and fancy a great day out photographing these amazing subjects then just read on!

One to One specials

We have always been very proud of our studio facilities and we can offer lots of variety and choice on our One to One days or half days, from photographing frogs in the rain to mantis in the golden light, all with the help of your Wild Arena guide and the amazingly patient small animal team here at Park Farm.

Studio sets;
Harvest Mice sets (see below for these great new set ups)
Frog in the rain
Reflection Pool
Dark Field illumination tank
Focus stacking
Greater than life size with the MPE-65
Mist sets

Normal price full day £350 (members £280)
Special offer price £250 (members £200)

Normal price half day £199 (members £159.20)
Special offer price £125 (members £100)

Current available dates;
28.03.20
29.03.20
02.04.20
03.04.20
08.04.20
10.04.20
20.04.20
21.04.20