Last chance to enter tree photography competition

    With dramatic skylines and crisp autumnal weather, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and take part in Exeter City Council’s tree photography competition. But get your skates on, entries close on Friday (18 November).

    The Council has received over 40 entries for this year’s competition, which is offering some great prizes.

    People who live in the city are being asked to come up with an image of their favourite tree in Exeter. The tree could be in the garden, a street, or one of city’s fabulous green spaces such as Belmont Pleasure Ground or Mincinglake Valley Park, the choice is endless!

    The competition is open to amateur photographers and those taking part could walk away with a prize for their efforts.

    This is the third year running that the City Council has run the competition, teaming up with Devon Trees Services who are offering up a series of fantastic prizes.

    The person who takes the best image will win a Haynes manual for trees and a framed photograph of their picture, with the runner-up receiving a framed photograph of their picture. Once again there is also an under-16 category for budding junior photographers, with the same prizes for the winner and runner-up.

    The competition is being organised in the run up to National Tree Week – 27 November to 5 December.

    Entrants are encouraged to read the rules before taking a picture and entering:

    • Pictures must have been taken recently – after 24 October 2022 – and images submitted from last year’s competition will not be allowed.
    • There is a maximum of two entries per person and the deadline for entries is 18 November.
    • The competition is only open to people living in Exeter and they must be amateur photographers. The City Council reserve the right to reproduce any pictures submitted in future publications, online stories or social media posts.
    • Pictures can be with or without people but must include a tree from within Exeter (within the Exeter City Council boundary).
    • Pictures can be selfies, arty shots, black and white or colour images. They might be fun shots with children, friends or family in or just a simple shot of a favourite tree. If there are people in the shot, please ensure that they have given their permission to be photographed.
    • Entries must have a name, age of photographer (if under the age of 16) and an accurate location of the tree and the date the picture was taken.

    People can upload their pictures by using the following link, or alternatively email their entry to Alternatively, pictures can be sent to: Public Realm Trees, room 3.32, civic centre, Exeter EX1 1JN. Images emailed or sent in must be clearly marked ‘ECC tree photo competition’, and have the name and address of the photographer and location of the tree and the date it was taken. A judging panel will decide the best pictures and prizes awarded to the best adult and runner-up and best junior entry and runner-up.

    National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). This year it takes place from Sunday 27 November to Monday 5 December. Further information about national events can be found on the Tree Council website

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