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Our ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to all amateur photographers, whether you take photos as a hobby or it’s your first time out with a camera, all are welcome to enter.
This year we are looking for photographs that celebrate Ireland’s rich web of life. The challenge is to capture an image of some of the biodiversity in your area. Whether you live in the heart of the countryside or the centre of a city, there is wildlife to be found.
Biodiversity doesn’t stop at the shore. Ireland’s marine territory is 10 times larger than the island itself! To celebrate life in our ocean we are delighted to announce an additional prize in this years Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competition! The Ocean Photography category has been kindly sponsored by the Fair Seas Campaign, with a prize of €250 up for grabs!
Do you love exploring our oceans? Whether by boat, on shore or underwater, we welcome photos of all ocean life for this category!
All photos must be taken in May 2022, and submitted by midnight of May 31st.
For full T&Cs and to submit your photo visit: https://biodiversityweek.ie/photo-competitions/
Wondering what that plant is? Who that insect is visiting your flowers? Maybe you’ve seen an unknown bird at your feeder, or strange creatures at your local waterway or park. Explore your local area to discover fabulous flora and fauna! Our ecologists and wildlife experts will identify it for you!
Ecologists and wildlife experts will be on hand to ID your finds.
Simply share your photo on Twitter or Instagram with #BackyardBioblitz, and tag us on Twitter @IrishEnvNet or Instagram @national.biodiversity.week
As a bonus to the weekend, we are giving away an identification swatch from the National Biodiversity Data Centre. All usernames who tag us over the weekend on Twitter or Instagram will be entered into a draw. Two winners will win a swatch of their choice!
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is the national centre for the collection, collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data on Ireland’s biological diversity. Your photos are important for the creation of a database of information which is freely available to better understand and protect Ireland’s biodiversity. Add your photos here: www.records.biodiversityireland.ie
For a how to video on adding photos to the database see here: https://biodiversityweek.ie/backyard-bioblitz-2021/
You’ve seen our otters, salmon, fox them from our camera, and reported on RTE. Wildlife ranger from the National Parks and Wildlife Service Rob Wheeldon tells us more about the wild life we’ve been finding on camera, day and night at the centre, and tips on how we can protect and conserve them around us from not cutting back our hedgerows as advised and more.
Read about our cameras: https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2022/0302/1284059-leitrim-wildlife/