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'My Wild Life' photography competition

We are excited to launch the ‘My Wild Life’ photography competition, inspired by the return of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 56.

Budding photographers of all ages and expertise can enter – whether it’s capturing an image of insects in your back garden, wildlife discovered on a family walk or snaps of your beloved pet… we are looking for creative thinking when it comes to capturing the wonders of wildlife that surrounds us in town and country.

Finalists from two age categories (Under-18s and Over-18s) will be chosen by a panel of expert judges and the winning entries from each category will be chosen by the general public in an online vote!

The two winning photographers will win a Base Pass Plus, which gives them unlimited entry to The Base Gallery for a whole year, as well as discounts on selected workshops and courses! They will also see their photographs printed in the Newbury Weekly News and published on The Base and Corn Exchange’s websites and respective social media platforms.

We want to showcase the best local talent that celebrates our wildlife and the natural world and so the winning entries, along with 2nd place, finalists and Highly Commended entries, will be displayed in The Base’s Runway Gallery for all to see and admire.


1st Prize

  • A Base Pass Plus card giving you unlimited access to The Base Gallery for a year, discounts on selected workshops or courses and 10% off at Honesty owned outlets* (value £25)
  • Photo exhibited in The Base’s Runway Gallery
  • Photo printed in the Newbury Weekly News

2nd Prize

  • Photo exhibited in The Base’s Runway Gallery
  • Photo printed in the Newbury Weekly News

Finalists and Highly Commended

Photo exhibited in The Base’s Runway Gallery

how to enter

Entries must explore or capture the theme of ‘My Wild Life’. Email a completed entry form, including the communication release form (see download below) and your photo attached to admin@thebasegreenham.co.ukby Sunday 21 February 2021 at 5pm.

Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions and also ensure your photo meets these guidelines:

  • Your entry must be saved as JPEG file (JPG) at a setting of 10 (100%) or higher
  • The filename must contain your full name and age, for example: LastName_FirstName_Age.jpg
  • No watermarks / copyright units / logos on images
  • If images of people are submitted, all those in the photograph need to give their consent.
  • Please consider the well-being of wild creatures and ecosystems. Respect wildlife by not disturbing or moving the subjects you are photographing.
  • We are looking for authentic images of nature. Please do not use apps or image editing software to manipulate your images. Cropping is allowed.

Competition timeline

New deadline for submissions - Sunday 21 February at 5pm
Judging commences - Monday 22 February
Judging closes - Thursday 25 February
Finalists announced on Facebook & online voting starts - Friday 26 February at 10am
Facebook voting closes & winners announced - Sunday 28 February at 8pm
Winners emailed - Monday 1 March by 10am

Judging conditions

  • Entries will be judged by nominated judges – Phil Cannings (Newbury Weekly News photographer), Philip Tull, professional photographer and a selection of staff team members from The Base.
  • Images will be judged on artistic merit, originality, subject and style.
  • The decision of the judges and online poll is final.