Photo Competition Vote Open

02 October 2017 | Posted in wildlife photography
Photo Competition Vote Open
Last year's winner - Cissbury Sunset / Jamie Fielding

Twelve superb wildlife and landscape images have been chosen from the hundreds entered in this year’s Sussex Wildlife Trust ‘Joy of Nature’ photo competition. Now it’s up to you to decide the overall winner, so look through the finalists below and vote for your favourite by 29 October.


Professional wildlife photographer and author, David Plummer, who selected the final 12 said: ‘We were overwhelmed by the quality of entries this year and it was a tough job to choose the finalists from over 500 photographs.’

  • First prize is a £100 cash for the winner of the public vote.
  • Runner-up will receive a Sussex Wildlife Trust Calendar, two packs of Christmas cards and Wildlife Top Trumps from the Sussex Wildlife Trust's shop.

The final 12 pictures will feature in Sussex Wildlife Trust’s 2018 online calendar, available to download in December. The overall winning image will feature in their members’ magazine, monthly enews and on their website. The final 12 images will also be displayed at the Trust's AGM on 11 November in Shoreham.

Vote for your favourite at

The Final 12

Bluebell Woods - Tim Clifton

Our Judges said "Beautiful landscape shot of an iconic Sussex scene"

Dawn Fire - Jamie Fielding

Our Judges said 'Dramatic landscape photo of lowland heath in peak flowering season'

Foxes in the snow - Karen Dition

Our Judges said "A lovely winter image, capturing fascinating fox behaviour"

Green Huntsman Spider - Su Reed

Our Judges said 'A great mix of contrasting, yet complementary colours'

Jay - Phil Winter

Our Judges said 'Lovely portrait of a notoriously shy and camera-aware bird'

No, You Can't Water the Garden - Beverley Jones

Our Judges said "An intimate, comic view of one of our best-loved garden visitors"

Rapidly Retreating Turnstones - Veryan Pollard

Our Judges said 'Image conveys the drama of turnstones battling against the surf in a late autumn storm'

Raven at Seaford Head - Tom Lee

Our Judges said "Impressive low-level shot of one of our most powerful corvids"

Ringlet - Joshua Gray

Our Judges said 'Strong portrait, showing the beautiful underside, of an often overlooked butterfly'

Singing Stonechat - Chris Dawson

Our Judges said 'Lovely portrait of a male stonechat in song'

The Golden Hour - Tom Lee

Our Judges said 'Beautifully composed warm image of this bittersweet season'

West Pier Murmuration - Jess Squires

Our Judges said 'A novel portrait of the West Pier and starlings, inversely abstract in nature'


  • Carole:

    02 Oct 2017 19:52:08

    All the photos selected for the calendar are superb but the frog in the hose pipe made me smile the most.

  • Amanda Watson:

    02 Oct 2017 21:29:28

    Dawn fire really caught my eye. Stunning image. So peaceful

  • Julie Insull:

    03 Oct 2017 15:58:26

    I love Ringlet by Joshua Gray (No 9)

  • susan hamilton:

    03 Oct 2017 16:35:50

    number three the foxes

  • Helen Wiggins:

    03 Oct 2017 19:36:22

    They are all really good images but the rapidly retreating turnstones is my favourite ….a great action shot of a bird I only normally see wandering up the shoreline in Shoreham

  • Tojo:

    05 Oct 2017 10:35:00

    They are all fabulous pictures. They all deserve to win. I chose the foxes playing in the snow… was the smiling fox that swung the balance for me.

  • T Tarrant:

    05 Oct 2017 15:15:09

    I vote for ,golden hour.

    Thank you.

  • Janette Radley:

    06 Oct 2017 07:19:20

    Rapidly Retreating Turnastone gets my vote. Dramatic. Unexpected. Birds feeling the full force of nature , wonderfully captured in this photo.

  • Sarah:

    06 Oct 2017 14:07:54

    Amazing standard overall – I think the winner should be the one that took the most time to capture in skill terms (the rest you could say is a gift given)

  • Jean Laura:

    22 Oct 2017 10:13:05

    My vote is for Jess Squires ‘ West Pier Murmuration’.

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