Focus on Glasgow's wildlife for RSPB Scotland photography competition

Jenny Tweedie

Thursday 23 March 2017

RSPB Scotland has launched a competition to find stunning photographs of Glasgow's wildlife and wild places. Winning photographs will become part of an exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in May.

The exhibition will celebrate the culmination of the Dear Green Futures programme, which has been running since 2015. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dear Green Futures was set up to discover people's perceptions of greenspaces within Glasgow, and look at how these spaces could be better managed for people and wildlife.

RSPB Scotland's Paul Gunn, said: "Our dedicated young volunteers have achieved a huge amount with Dear Green Futures over the last two years, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it all come together in this final exhibition. As part of that, we're hoping to track down some amazing photographs of Glasgow's wildlife, to showcase the often unexpected creatures that share our city.

"Plants, animals and insects all take advantage of every opportunity they can, from our rivers, to our parks and gardens, and even city centre streets. This creates lots of great opportunities for taking photographs.

"Glasgow's wildlife is also quite familiar with people, but please remember not to get too close or cause any distress to your subject when trying to get that perfect shot!"

The competition has three categories: People and Wildlife, Wildlife and Architecture, and Wildlife and the Urban Environment. Entries will be divided into two age categories, 16 and under, and 17 and over. Photographs need to have been taken within the City of Glasgow, and domesticated plants and animals are excluded.

The photographs will be judged by a panel including photographer David Palmar and CBeebies presenter Rory Crawford. The closing date for entries is April 21, and full terms and conditions can be found at

Winning photos from each of the categories will be displayed at the Dear Green Futures exhibition, which runs at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from May 19- 31. For more information contact Paul Gunn on or phone 0141 331 0993.

· The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

· David Palmar runs and is based in the west end of Glasgow. Formerly a teacher, he is now a volunteer photographer for the RSPB and uses his skills, time and equipment to help in the conservation of species such as hen harriers and black grouse.

· Rory Crawford is a children's TV presenter on CBeebies. He also works in the BirdLife International Marine Programme team based in the RSPB, and was one of the first RSPB officers working from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow when the project launched in 2007.

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