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CJS25: Photography CompetitionWe're looking for any photo that you think is relevant to CJS, your fellow readers and other professionals working across all of the the countryside, conservation, ecology, wildlife, environmental education, arboriculture sectors. More detail on the categories and prizes here.

We're suggesting categories each month to guide you although you may enter photos on any subject.


The October suggested theme is: Plants and Botany 

logo: BSBI

Prize: membership to Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI)


We're not necessarily looking for the most perfect, most technically accurate image (although nice clear pictures are usually better than fuzzy ones!) but those that reflect our glorious countryside and all that goes with working in the management of landscapes, with wildlife, in education everything that is part and parcel of daily life. We want to see the best (smiling visitors on sunny days), the worst (sodden waterproofs, overflowing wellies and wall still only half built), the wonderful (that elusive moment as an otter slips into the water), the incredible (dandelion seeds floating in a clear blue sky) and the humorous (the perfectly placed background poledriver) that capture life working in the countryside.


More about the reasons for us running a photography competition here.

See the winning photos here. And don't forget to follow our instagram.


CJS want to thank all the wonderful organisations who are supporting our competition by providing prizes. 


This month (November) the prize is Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) membership.

logo: BSBIThe BSBI is for everyone who is interested in the wild and naturalised plants of Britain and Ireland. We trace our origins back to 1836, when the society was founded as the Botanical Society of London. We are now one of the world's largest contributors of biological records: our data inform scientific research and underpin evidence-based conservation.

We have always welcomed both professional and amateur members, and remain the biggest and most active organisation devoted to the study of botany in Britain, Ireland, the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man. Our training, outreach and research programmes continue to support botanists at all skill levels, and our grants programmes helps us support the next generation of botanists.

The BSBI produces national Atlases and county Floras of the distribution of plants. We publish British and Irish Botany and hold conferences, workshops, indoor and field meetings.  

As a BSBI member, you are kept informed by a newsletter three times a year; your benefits include discounts on a range of botanical books; and you are given exclusive access to our network of 100+ national expert referees who can help with the identification of difficult plants.


As well as the monthly prizes there are four over all prizes.

The winner will receive an invitation to the gala opening of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2020. We have runners up prizes of a year's membership of Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers and a huge bundle of birdwatching books complete with pocket binoculars.  These are chosen by the CJS Team however we are also going to open the floor to readers with a Readers Choice photo which will win a year's subscription to BBC Wildlife magazine. More about the prizes here.


Simply email your photo (jpegs please) to photo@countryside-jobs.com along with your name and any information you want to include about your photo: what it shows, where it was taken and a caption for a funny one would be welcome too. If you'd like us to tag you (or site / project) if we share your photo to social media please include the relevant handles and details.  You can enter as many photos as you like, but each image may only be entered once.

the Full rules are here - please read them before sending your photos, we'll assume you have.


Be a responsible photographer: 

In May 2019, the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) launched a new social media crime prevention campaign titled Undisturbed calling on all UK wildlife photographers and drone operators to ensure the welfare of wild animals while photographing or filming them. The initiative runs until 1st November. Read more in the article written especially for CJS and please ensure you do not disturb your subjects to get that winning photo.  


We'll showcase your photos through our Instagram account (instagram.com/countrysidejobs) and share our pick across our social media so make sure you include your social media handles and we'll tag you in. Meaning that it's also a great way to publicise your site or project.

See the winners here.



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logo: BWPACJS is delighted to have been associated with the British Wildlife Photography Awards from the very beginning and has, for the last few years, sponsored the Botanical Britain category.

You can read all our coverage from 2019's year's awards here. 

Want to go to next year's British Wildlife Photography Awards gala exhbition opening?

We have a very special prize for the overall winner (and guest) of our photography competition who will receive an invitation to the gala opening night of next year's awards.  This year's awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 18 September and was hosted by Mark Carwardine. You'll get to see all the winning photographs in high definition, get to meet the photographers and the judges as well as representatives from the many supporters.  Entry is exclusively by invitation only, this really is a special prize that money can't buy.


logo: SINWPOne highly commended image will gain a years' membership to The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers which is for pro and enthusiast photographers who enjoy photographing the natural world.

They say: "Whatever your interest is in photography, SINWP is here to help and support you. So, if you would like to just learn more about photography to achieve better results then help is on hand. As a member of The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers there are lots of benefits you can take advantage of. These include a listing on our website where you can have an image of yourself, online gallery and your signature image - which is your favourite image.  Our online forum and members only Facebook group continues to be the place to talk with fellow photographers, both socially and also ask advise if you need any help with your photography.  We also have a monthly image competition with plenty of categories including nature, wildlife and macro and close-up photography. All images that receive a gold award are put through to the annual Photographer of the Year, in which you could be crowned Nature/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 at the awards night in the annual Convention! 

Find out more about the Society on their website: www.sinwp.com




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