Young Ambassador Lockdown Nature Photo Competition 2021

February is a fantastic and exciting time of year for nature, as we start to say goodbye to the short winter days and look forward to a fresh beginning.

This perhaps means more in 2021 after a long winter trapped in our homes under a barrage of gloomy news of unprecedented times. As the daffodils and snowdrops poke through, birdsong fills the tree once again, amphibians clamber back into icy ponds and sunsets creep in later and later - bliss. Although we may not yet have a taste of full freedom, we can certainly find solace in our natural places. This is something which was very important to the Young Ambassador team as we thought about some fun activities to put into place for lockdown, as we know more than many just how great being in nature can be for your mental and physical health. As such, we decided to pose a challenge to young people everywhere who were locked down to get outside throughout February in search of a beautiful nature photo.

Keep an eye out for future Young Ambassador challenges and events to get involved with on our social media platforms

We opened the competition to 18 and under to encourage this age group to spend more time outside and look closer at the nature surrounding them. We were thrilled to receive 85 entries ranging from 5 years old to 18! The quality of the photos was so impressive, from birds of prey to snowflakes and flowers, capturing the most beautiful elements of nature which are sometimes missed. Following a meeting to discuss the shortlist and winning entries, we found our prize winners. 25 young people won a Cameron Bespolka Trust portable coffee cup, two runners up won £25 and the overall winner received £50. We are happy to showcase the winners below, and thank each and every entrant for their photos. Keep an eye out for future Young Ambassador challenges and events to get involved with on our social media platforms, and via the Cameron Bespolka newsletters

Runners up

Ethan Kirkcaldy

14

Ant's View

Kai Ablang

13

It's getting cold outside

Jenny Allan

14

A singing robin

James Pearson

14

Ghostly Glow

Nathan Benstead

15

Beauty in the Beast from the East

Esther Rumsey

14

Hidden Mossy Miracle

Mary Gregson

14

Burning off the mist

Arianna Siatos-Solves

5

Low Mossy Wall

Henry Keepin

15

Swooping Barn Owl

Amalie Craig

13

A Glimmer of Hope

David Papp

12

Tagging a Ride

Izzy Fry

15

Mute Swan

Margaret Fykes

10

Food Fight!

Bethany Wilson

14

Heather Sweetness

Georgie Wightman-Smith

13

Up close and personal

Joshua Dell

8

Starling Murmuration

Magnus Brodie Cooper

16

Tree Dweller

Jake Turner

14

Flora & Fauna

James MuCulloch

17

Snowy Seagull

Daniel Nikolov

14

Snowdrops Arise

Sreyaan Akkaraju

12

Kestrel

Nathaniel Hutchinson

13

Huddled Together

Poppy Emmens

15

First signs of hope

Wilum Johnston

18

Capture at last

Callum Marshall

16

Stomata in View

 

Second and third (no order, just the 2 below the winner)

Tiitus Hanf

13

Hard Winter

Sophie Speed

16

Squirrel in a tree

 

Winner overall 

Felix Walker-Nix

12

Fantastic Mr Frog


Fantastic Mr Frog: Felix Walker-Nix - aged 12

Fantastic Mr Frog - First Place
Felix Walker-Nix - aged 12




Squirrel In A Tree; Sophie Speed - aged 16

Squirrel In A Tree
Sophie Speed - aged 16




Hard Winter: Tiitus Hanf - aged 13

Hard Winter
Tiitus Hanf - aged 13




Capture At Last: Wilum Johnston - aged 18

Capture At Last
Wilum Johnston - aged 18




Kestrel: Sreyaan Akkaraju  - aged 12

Kestrel
Sreyaan Akkaraju - aged 12




First SIgns of Hope: Poppy Emmens - aged 15

First SIgns of Hope
Poppy Emmens - aged 15




Huddled Together: Nathaniel Hutchinson  - aged 13

Huddled Together
Nathaniel Hutchinson - aged 13




Jenny Allen A singing robin

A singing robin
Jenny Allen - age 14




Starling Murmuratio: Joshua Dell  - aged 8

Starling Murmuration
Joshua Dell - aged 8




Tree Dweller: Magnus Brodie-Cooper  - aged 16

Tree Dweller
Magnus Brodie-Cooper - aged 16




Food Fight! Margaret Fykes  - aged 10

Margaret-Fykes
Margaret Fykes - aged 10




Burning Off The Mist
Mary Gregson - aged 15




Beauty in the Beast from the East
Nathan Benstead - aged 15




Ghostly Glow
James Pearson - aged 14




Snowy Seagull: James McCulloch - aged 17

Snowy Seagull
James McCulloch - aged 17




Flora & Fauna: Jake Turner - aged 14

Flora & Fauna
Jake Turner - aged 14




Mute Swan

Mute Swan
Izzy Fry - aged 15




Swooping Barn Owl
Henry Keepin - aged 15




Up Close and Personal: Georgie Wightman-Smith  - aged 13

Up Close and Personal
Georgie Wightman-Smith - aged 13




Hidden Mossy Miracle
Esther Rumsey - aged 14




Tagging A Ride
David Papp - aged 12




Snowdrops Arise: Daniel Nikolov - aged 14

Snowdrops Arise
Daniel Nikolov - aged 14




Stomata in View; Callum Marshall - aged 16

Stomata in View
Callum Marshall - aged 16




Heather Sweetness: Bethany Wilson  - aged 14

Heather Sweetness
Bethany Wilson - aged 14




Low Mossy Wall
Arianna Siatos-Solves - aged 5




A Glimmer Of Hope
Amalie Craig - aged 13




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