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Wildlife in your neighbourhood – Children’s Photo Competition for Headington Festival 2018

Tuesday 1st May 2018

We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Headington Action to launch an exciting new children’s wildlife photography competition, which aims to capture and explore the wonderful wildlife living on our doorstep. The competition is for children aged 4-11 who live or go to school in and around Headington and an exhibition of our favourite photos will be on display at Headington Festival on Sunday 3rd June 2018.

The competition also provides a chance to raise awareness of our new Science Oxford centre, which is being built in 18 acres of woodland at Stansfeld Park in Headington Quarry. The new centre will provide a unique indoor/outdoor science education experience for primary-aged children, with an emphasis on the natural world and what we can learn from it and by being in it.

We want children from Headington schools to go outdoors and get snapping – whether it’s the wildlife in their gardens or in their playgrounds – and send us their pictures. Flowers, birds, bugs, wriggling worms or even the leaves on a favourite tree – anything goes!

Photos can be taken on a digital camera, phone or tablet and can be of anything related to the theme of ‘Wildlife’, and sent in together with a title and description.

There are two age categories. A winner and two runner-ups will be chosen in each category:

  • 4-7 years-old
  • 8 -11 year-olds

We’ll also be publishing entries online via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


The best photographs will form part of a special exhibition at Headington Festival 2018, where there will be an official announcement of the winners and runner-ups on Sunday afternoon.

We have some exciting prizes for the winners:

  • Winner in each category receives a copy of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 27 (which features 100 of the world’ best wildlife photographs from the past year) plus a copy for their school library.
  • Runners-up will receive an animal encyclopaedia.

All the photographs included in the festival exhibition will also be displayed at the Science Oxford Centre in Headington Quarry, which is due to open in September 2019.


  • Wildlife doesn’t include pets, siblings and cultivated plants do not count as wild animals, however unruly they may seem!
  • Your photograph must be taken in or around Headington
  • We request one photographic entry per person. Choose the one you are most proud of and email it to us at [email protected]
  • Your photograph should be taken on a digital camera or phone, on a high-resolution (300 dpi +) setting if possible (but not essential.)
  • When you are emailing your competition image to us, please give it a title and write a very brief description of it. For example, ‘A frog I found in my back garden.’ Your description will help our judges to understand why you took the image.
  • Tell us your name, age and address – and what school you go to. (You should go to school or live in or around Headington.)


Send your entry to [email protected] by Monday 21st May 2018.

Good luck!

Keep up to date with news and information on the Competition page here.

Visit for more information about the festival.
Download the festival PDF here HeadingtonFest_A5_Programme2018_5.

In partnership with Headington Action

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