Young photographers have been given a masterclass on how to capture the magic of spring on camera by a University of Derby photography lecturer, to mark the launch of its Nature Photography Competition.
They are being asked to capture the essence of spring to be in with a shot of winning the latest digital sharing camera in a contest being run by the school of science.
All entries will be judged by a panel of wildlife experts including zoologist and TV presenter George McGavin, wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering, and the acting head of the university’s school of science Paul Lynch, and they will feature in an exhibition at the Kedleston Road site in May.
A winning image will be chosen in 13 to 17 and 18 to 24 year old age categories, and form a permanent exhibit at the university.
The two winners will also receive a Samsung Galaxy HD camera, which gives photographers the option of sharing their 17 megapixel photos straight from the camera via 3G or WiFi.
Professor Lynch said: “The wildlife and events that can be witnessed during a British spring are true natural wonders. We want young people to be inspired by the changes they see around them, to get out into nature and take some fantastic photographs.
“Whether pictures of birds or bugs, stunning sunsets or spring showers, we are looking forward to seeing some wonderful entries. We hope young people make our task of judging the winners of these prizes very difficult.”
The Nature Photography Competition is open to amateur photographers aged 13 to 24 and will close on April 14.
Pictured above is photography lecturer Mark Hall giving young amateur photographers Joe Lawson and Georgina Lazzari a masterclass in nature photography.