LAUNCHED: Big Picture Photography Competition

The Big Picture photography competition is an opportunity to capture the wonderful wildlife and landscape in the Greater Thames within 4 categories. The competition opens for entries on 16 February, and closes at midnight on 22 April.

The Thames Estuary is truly unique; one minute you can be engulfed in an industrial heartland, the next, sitting in solace looking across vast expanses of wild marshland. It’s an incredible place for people and wildlife, and we’d love to see how you interact with it.

There will be a series of events across London, Kent and Essex to inspire people to get involved with photography, and the winning images will be displayed in a travelling exhibition across the Thames once the competition has closed. Categories are:

Wild about the Thames

Photographs of animals taken within the wilds of the Greater Thames. The wild can consist of any natural place – from your garden or local park to an RSPB nature reserve. Images should seek to showcase the amazing wildlife of the Thames, creating a lasting impression. This could be a great close-up, showing new behaviour or simply celebrating the spectacle of an estuary filled with returning migrant birds.

Connecting Landscapes

Photographs of striking views of the Greater Thames landscape which tell a story. We want everything from areas of natural beauty, to a landscape under threat from environmental change. Think of taking a new perspective of an iconic Thames landmark – how do the wide expanses of marshland interrelate with the industry and ships on the river?

What stories can you tell about the role of nature within this landscape and can you capture a unique shot which epitomises the estuary for you. Share your stories of this wonderfully diverse landscape, capture its unique beauty and raise awareness of the threats it faces.

My Place in the Picture

Have you had a great day out with your family enjoying nature in the Greater Thames? Or perhaps you’ve done something amazing to help wildlife? Perhaps you know someone who has looked after this area their whole life. Capture this moment on camera and share it with us. You don’t need to be a budding photographer with a big camera to enter this category; photos of your family having fun taken with a mobile phone are equally welcome!

Young Photographer

If you are aged 16 or under, this is the category for you – we would love to see your images of the wildlife, landscape and people in the Greater Thames – show us in a picture what it means to you…


Visit to find out more about the workshops, plus details of how to enter – grab a camera, go exploring and capture what this landscape means to you!

Competition Flyer - Big Picture
Competition Flyer – Big Picture


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