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Making Space for Nature Photo Competition 2021

Click here to download a PDF of the full list of winners and their photographs, some with judges' comments and MS4N locations!

Making Space for Nature Competition Winners!

We had some wonderful entries to the “Making Space for Nature” Photo Competition. Thank you to all our entrants (you did not make the judging easy!).

The winner for the urban wildlife category was Craig Macey with his wonderful picture of a common lizard. The judges’ comments were “Fascinating” and “a rare site – love this little dude posing for the camera.” As Craig said, “It was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time to get the snap!”

Our runner up was Mark Broadhurst’s picture of fox cubs on the edge between a housing estate and golf course, showing the importance of those edge areas for wildlife. Tricky light conditions for photography as well, so great use of a rare opportunity.

The People and Parks category had some wonderful entries showing the wide range of use of our public space. Nicole Forrester’s winning photograph of people using a skate park was a great action shot. Our runner up, Anna Druce, submitted a tranquil shot of an inviting park with tree blossoms. The judges loved the human component of Lin Zheng’s picture of a child learning to ride a bike and felt many of us could relate to it.

The under 16 winners did us proud!  Our youngest entrant Cadan, aged 6, got a great shot of a bumblebee against a colourful background. Our expert photographer was particularly impressed with the composition of the photo by Katie, aged 15, which really made you feel as if you were in amongst the meadows.

We loved seeing pictures of the Making Space for Nature sites improved by the Cornwall Council, in projects that were part funded by the European Union Regional Development Fund. The colour contrast of the cornflowers and oxeye daisies really showed off the beauty of the natural environment, brought into our towns. Please do go out and see them for yourselves! (link to our sites).

To celebrate Making Space for Nature across our locations in Cornwall, Cornwall Council and the University of Exeter are joining forces to create the Making Space for Nature Photo Competition 2021! Get out and explore our green spaces this summer by photographing urban nature within walking distance from your house.

If you’re a budding photographer, why not pick one of our topics and snap away! If you get a fantastic shot, you could be in with a chance to win one of our lovely prizes. Additionally, the photos will be used to promote the Making Space for Nature project.


Pick either:


Grab some shots of local wildlife at one of our lovely MS4N sites found here. This can include wild mammals, birds, insects or plant life. Please do not photograph pets or people.


Take a lovely stroll in the sun and photograph people in parks. Please ensure you get permission to photograph a subject before submitting your photo.


Age Categories

Our competition has two age categories for photographers:

  • under 16’s
  • 16’s & over

Please confirm your age category when entering.


How to Enter the Competition

You can enter our competition by emailing one photo per entrant to The email should include your chosen photo, your name, where the photo was taken and the names of any subjects in the photograph, as well as your email address and/ or phone number in the email. Your file size should not exceed 20MB and be formatted to JPG.

The opening date is Friday 14th May 2021 and the closing date is Wednesday 30th June 2021 at 23:59 BST. Winners will be notified by Monday 5th July. Our prize presentation will take place on Friday 16 July 2021 at Castle Park, Liskeard. No obligation to attend but we would love to see you there!

Please see our full Terms & Conditions below for more information.  


What You Can Win

Entering the Under 16s category will give you a chance to win a bee pot mini concrete planter and solitary bee house from Green and Blue.

Entering the 16s and Over category will give a chance to win an Eden Project pass.

Additionally, winning photographs will be displayed on the University of Exeter website and used to promote the Making Space for Nature project.

The project is aiming to create nature-rich spaces for people to enjoy locally. Introducing wildlife friendly planting and ways for people to enjoy the nature around them.  This is happening in Bodmin, Falmouth, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penryn and St. Austell.  More information and contacts if you want to get more involved can be found here.

The Jury’s decision as to the eligibility of individual photographs will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Photos should be ‘natural’ and not filtered or edited to enhance original image. You can crop the image to improve composition.

The judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.

This prize draw is open to residents of Cornwall only (including under 16’s). Our competition has two age categories for photographers, these are under 16’s and 16’s & over. Please confirm your age category when entering.

Entries by under 16’s must obtain the consent of a parent or guardian prior to submitting any images. Any entry by someone under 16 will not be deemed complete unless the following information is provided:

  1. the child’s name;
  2. the child’s age;
  3. the parent/guardian’s name; and,
  4. a contact telephone number and email.

All entries must be made by the entrant themselves if they are over 16. Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.

Entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs, and photographs of illegal activities are not permitted.

All entries must be received by the end of the Competition Period to be valid and no liability is accepted for illegible, incomplete or late entries.

The University of Exeter and Cornwall Council reserve the right to verify the eligibility of entrants. The University of Exeter and Cornwall Council may require such information as it considers reasonably necessary for this purpose and a prize may be withheld unless and until the Promoter is satisfied with the verification.

We are looking for original photographs, so entries must not have won any national or international competition prize previously. For the purposes of this competition, ‘national’ refers to the whole of the UK – or to individual national competitions in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Please send your photographs to

Only one entry per person is permitted via email. Joint submissions are not allowed.

Please include your name, the subjects name, where the photo was taken, your email address and/or phone number in the email.

By entering this Competition, you agree to the University of Exeter and Cornwall Council using your personal details to process your entry to the Competition. Your contact details will only be used for the Competition purposes and will be deleted 1 year from the competition closing date (30th June 2022). Additional information on data protection at the University of Exeter is available here.

The winner will be chosen by a jury chaired by Daro Montag (Falmouth University). The rest of the judging panel consist of Peter Marsh (Head of the Environment Service Cornwall Council and Rachel Caunter (Campaigns Manager, University of Exeter).

All photographs will be judged on the following criteria

  • Composition
  • Originality
  • Public appeal

The winner will be notified via email within 5 days after the Competition closing date and will be required to respond to confirm eligibility plus acceptance of the prize within 10 days of initial contact (1st day of initial contact counts as day one). Those not contactable via reasonable means within this time frame (by the 10th day) will be disqualified and an alternative winning entrant will be awarded the prize on the same basis as described above. The winner will be asked for their preferred delivery address, for the sole purpose of sending them the prize by the 31st July 2021.

We reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value.

The University of Exeter reserves the right at its sole discretion to eliminate or disqualify any entries or entrants that it regards as being in breach of these conditions or the spirit of the Competition.

The University of Exeter accepts no responsibility for system errors or other issues that may result in disruption to lost or delayed winner notifications.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered. Where an individual is featured and identifiable in the entry, the photographer is responsible for seeking permission to submit the photo and the consent of their parent/guardian if they are under 16. The photographer is responsible for advising identifiable individuals of the purpose of the submission and that their photograph may be published.

Entrants will retain copyright and moral rights in their submitted images however, by entering, all entrants:

  • Grant the University of Exeter and Cornwall Council non-exclusive rights to use the images to promote or celebrate the competition the images were submitted to or for similar future competitions within a five year period of the winners of the competition being announced; 
  • The use referred to may include publishing, displaying or otherwise reproducing the images (whether on the internet, on social media, in exhibitions or otherwise) or for promoting and celebrating the competition or similar future competitions; and, to raise awareness of the benefits of urban green spaces.

The University of Exeter and Cornwall Council will endeavour to credit the photographer whenever the photographer’s image is used and published by the University of Exeter or Cornwall Council.

It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure wildlife welfare while photographing is adopted first and foremost. No wildlife should be disturbed, netted or contained unnecessarily. Please adopt wildlife photography best practice. Please take your photos responsibly and always follow the Countryside Code. You can find more information here.

Healthy and Safety


For under 18’s

Tell your parent/carer where you are going and how long you will be gone for.

Do not go out alone. Perhaps you could meet a friend or one of your family members could join you.

Complete this activity during the day time.

For everyone

If going out with a group, please keep to the Government’s COVID restrictions at that time.

When walking, keep to the pavements and be aware of your surroundings.

Keep yourself safe while outside, be mindful of your surroundings and be sensible when taking photographs. Do not put yourself in any situation that could be a risk


All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions. By entering this promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by them.

These terms and conditions are governed by the law of England and Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

The University of Exeter and Cornwall Council reserve the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.