Celebrating Our Oaks-competition-12


Celebrating Our Oaks

Competition 12 - Special award

About Celebrating Our Oaks

The oak tree is a vital part of the UK’s cultural and national landscape and is one of the most common and loved broadleaf trees. Our oak trees are a foundation species that define much of the structure of our native ecosystems, enrich our lives and support thousands of other native species, yet they are now facing a fight for survival. Environmental pressures such as climate change, pollution and drought, coupled with pests and diseases, mean our oak trees need our collective intervention to prevent their future loss – now you, as a photographer, can help.

This special award will celebrate the UK’s oak through photography, raise awareness of the Action Oak initiative, and raise money for essential scientific research and monitoring. All net entry proceeds from this special award will go direct to Action Oak.

What is Action Oak?

Action Oak is a unique collaboration of partners including charities, governments, landowners and research institutions, dedicated to protecting oak trees for future generations. Over the last five years Action Oak partners have invested over £10m in research on pests and diseases, such as Acute Oak Decline, and managing the oak processionary moth outbreak in the London area. The partnership is committed to raising further funds for vital research and monitoring to protect our oak trees.

The founding partners of Action Oak include the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Woodland Heritage, the Woodland Trust, the Forestry Commission, the National Trust, Forest Research, the Duchy of Cornwall, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out more at www.actionoak.org

Follow them @ActionOak and use the hashtag #ActionOak

Insights

In total there are more ancient oak trees in the UK than in all other EU countries combined. In London alone, oak is estimated to be the most valuable tree species, with an estimated replacement cost of almost £1 billion. Oak trees sequester more carbon than any other species; enhance landscapes; support wildlife; provide playgrounds for children; and offer shade and relaxation for city dwellers and workers. Parts of the west coast are also home to the internationally recognised Atlantic Oakwoods, known as our ‘temperate rainforest’, providing habitat to distinctive plant and animal communities.

Oaks are iconic trees and make superb subjects for garden photography, nature photography and landscape photography alike. International Garden Photographer of the Year has seen many winning pictures of the UK’s oaks, from sapling to venerable specimen. Only last year did Michael Hudson’s image ‘Ancient Oak’ win the Black & White Photo Project.

Wider benefits

Your entry will not just showcase the importance of a thriving, green planet, you will directly help to conserve UK oak trees and all the species that depend on them. All net entry proceeds will be delivered back to Action Oak to fund critical research. Winning images will also form part of a special book publication, with all proceeds going directly to this important project.

Prizes & Why should I enter?

Prizes

First prize:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 12

Your image published in IGPOTY Book 12

1 x prize copy of the Action Oak: Celebrating Our Oaks book

Your image published in Action Oak: Celebrating Our Oaks book

Your image exhibited at an exhibition during National Tree Week

Signed individual certificate 

A tour of the trees at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew when closed, with a drink and nibbles, with Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum

Second prize:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 12

Your image published in IGPOTY Book 12

1 x prize copy of the Action Oak: Celebrating Our Oaks book

Your image published in Action Oak: Celebrating Our Oaks book

Your image exhibited at an exhibition during National Tree WeekSigned individual certificate 

A tour of either Westonbirt or Bedgebury, when closed, with a drink and nibbles plus a prize wooden writing implement.

Third prize:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 12

Your image published in IGPOTY Book 12

1 x prize copy of the Action Oak: Celebrating Our Oaks book

Your image published in Action Oak: Celebrating Our Oaks book

Your image exhibited at an exhibition during National Tree WeekSigned individual certificate 

A tree dedication from the Woodland Trust.  Choose from woods all over the UK and you will receive a special pack containing a certificate with your dedication message and information about the woodland.

Rules

General rules:

  • You may not submit watermarked images with your name or website visible on the photo. Please do not frame your images with borders.
  • Entrants may submit a maximum of 4 images per single entry token and a maximum of 6 images per portfolio entry token.
  • For free-to-enter competitions you should enter 1 image per token given, upto a maximum of 8 images (8 tokens).
  • Entrants' images must be .jpg or .jpeg format and of high enough quality.
  • We recommend all images are output to 1920px on their longest side at 72 ppi. Any larger than this and you are supplying images bigger than they will be seen or used by IGPOTY judges; your files will take longer to upload and/or download to judges and viewers’ screens.
  • The absolute maximum for each image must not be more than 7MB in file size and no more than 3000px on their longest side.
  • All entrants must be able to supply a high-res image (300dpi) suitable for printing/exhibiting should the image be shortlisted. You may be asked for this when the time comes. We can help you with this if need be.

Competition rules:

Please see the IGPOTY competition rules.

Category rules:

In addition to the normal IGPOTY annual publication of winners, by entering Celebrating Our Oaks, you agree that your image or images, if successful, may be chosen for publication in a special book of this award and wider Action Oak initiative. This book will be delivered by IGPOTY on behalf of Action Oak as a special project. Photographers are protected by normal IGPOTY guidelines of copyright and will retain copyright of their images. All proceeds of the book will be kept by Action Oak. By entering you agree to support this charitable publication. All other fundraising activities in relation to winning images will seek specific permission from involved photographers.

There will also be an exhibition of selected winners during National Tree Week (24th November – 2nd December 2018). Location TBC.

Competition details

Type:
Special award
Submissions:
Online submissions
Entry start date:
May 21, 2018
Closing date:
September 30, 2018

How do I enter?

Online submissions

Partner: Action Oak

Competition Partner

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