With the deadline for World Land Trust’s (WLT) International Trail Camera Competition approaching, Simon Barnes, one of the competition judges, and Chris Jenkin of Enterprise Plants consider the importance of remote images
“How many automatic cameras will it take to create an authentic photographic masterpiece?” asks Simon Barnes, writer, journalist and a WLT Council member. Surprisingly, the answer is not as many as you might think. In fact, as Simon puts it: “The random masterpiece is the everyday stuff of the trail camera.”
Twenty years ago Enterprise Plants became WLT’s first corporate supporter. Two decades later the company remains committed to supporting WLT and its conservation projects. In 2014 Enterprise Plants is sponsoring WLT’s International Trail Camera Competition in association with The Times newspaper.
Chris Jenkins, Managing Director of Enterprise Plants, is delighted to that his company is sponsoring the project.
“Camera-traps provide huge amounts of evidence for conservation projects and they are a vital part of any conservation project. At Enterprise Plants, we are very pleased to be sponsoring the prizes for the competition, which go to conservationists working in the field,” he said.
Value for conservation
As Simon explains in a recent video interview, every day and every night across the wild world, trail cameras record the comings and goings of wild things and, every day, the images are used in countless numbers of scientific projects.
Trail camera images are often partial or blurred, but provide scientific data nonetheless. Often major discoveries are made thanks to trail camera images. “Sometimes it’s a major discovery. Sometimes it’s an animal that’s hardly been photographed before. Sometimes it’s doing something that no one has ever seen them do until that image is recorded by the untiring machine. And every now and then you find you have a masterpiece on your hands,” said Simon.
Recognising the importance of remote images for science and conservation, World Land Trust has provided funding to many of its conservation partners for trail cameras. And, recognising the tendency of these cameras to turn up major scientific discoveries and occasional masterpieces, in the Trust’s 25th Anniversary year, the World Land Trust International Trail Camera Competition was launched in association with The Times newspaper.
In the competition, images from simple machines are judged for their beauty and drama by those who understand about photography and wildlife.
The competition closing date is 31 January 2015. The competition has four categories, three for still pictures and one for moving pictures.
Each of the winning entries of the four categories will win a prize of £2,000 towards their wildlife conservation project. The overall winner will collect an additional £3,000, making the top prize £5,000.
The three categories for still pictures are: classic animal portrait, unusual wildlife behaviour, endangered species and new discoveries. The moving picture category is for footage of wildlife behaviour.
The competition judges are Sue Connolly (The Times Picture Editor), Jack Hill (The Times Photographer), John Burton (WLT Chief Executive) and Simon Barnes.