Chris Packham calls on Welwyn Hatfield youngsters to get snapping

PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:42 20 July 2017

Kyle Moore took this picture of a fox for a previous RSPCA photography competition.

Kyle Moore took this picture of a fox for a previous RSPCA photography competition.

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Following his visit to Welwyn Garden City, Springwatch presenter Chris Packham is now calling on young people to get snapping for a photography competition.

Chris Packham, who recently filmed the wildlife in residents’ gardens in Welwyn Garden City, is now backing the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Awards.

Whether it’s a bug, a bird or a big, beautiful mammal, young people are being encouraged to use cameras or phones to capture images of the creatures.

Chris, who will part of the judging panel, said: “If you’re under 19, why not head out into the countryside and snap some wildlife?

“Or you could get a great shot of your pet, whether it’s your dog, cat or even your hamster.

“Photographs of any animals can be entered into the competition.

“We see some incredibly beautiful images and this year I’m hoping to see fantastic pictures of animals taken with devices like mobile phones and tablets as well.

Chris added: “But make sure you send your photos in by the deadline of Friday, August 18.”

The RSPCA Young Photographer Awards are a chance for young budding photographers to win amazing prizes.

From the top prize of a weekend photography break ‘Seal Spectacular’ from Natures Images, to up to £800 of photographic vouchers from Wex Photographic.

There are 5 categories: Under 12 years; 12-15 years and 16-18 years; Portfolio and new for 2017, mobile phone and devices. Entrants can enter three categories with a maximum of 25 photos.

The new mobile phone category will provide a fresh challenge, reflecting the important photographic role played by mobile devices in our lives today.

Any mobile device can be used in this category, which is aimed at all skill levels, from beginners to complete pros.

Last year’s winner was Kyle Moore from Suffolk. His photo of a fox on an urban street at nighttime particularly impressed the judges.

Kyle said: “The school summer holidays are such a great time to go out with your camera because you’ve got more time to plan your pictures.

“I would really recommend entering this competition.

“It’s fun taking photos and trying to find a new angle on an animal you might see regularly.

“Why not see what comes through your garden or look under rocks in parks.”

The judging panel for 2017 will include leading wildlife photographers, Jules Cox, Andrew Forsyth and Elliott Neep.

Also in the judging line up will be aspiring professional wildlife photographers and former winners Catriona Parfitt (2005 and 2010) and Kyle Moore (2016) .

The closing date is 4pm on August 18.

Hopeful entrants can find out more about the competition and submit their images online at www.rspca.org.uk​/ypa/17

Winners will be presented with prizes at an awards ceremony hosted by Chris Packham at the Tower of London in December.

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