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The overall theme for this year's competition is wildlife at the National Memorial Arboretum. This could include mammals, birds, insects, plants, fish, flowers, trees, fungi, rivers, habitats and the landscape itself.
There are four categories:
Macro Photography
We want to celebrate all things great and small at the Arboretum, so the first challenge is to get up close to nature on our site, capturing the tiny details.  
Action Photography
Nature very rarely stands still at the Arboretum, we would love you to capture its movement on site, such as a rabbit hopping, or plants swaying in the wind.
Smartphone Photography
A shot of the Arboretum’s landscape and its nature. Thinking about the composition, why not show exactly what you can capture on your phone. The more imaginative the better.
Creative Photography
It’s up to you. Your choice of what interests you about the nature at the Arboretum. You could use props, light photography, long exposures, or a simple snap shot that sum up your enjoyment of nature. It’s your choice.

You can enter each of these challenges, but can submit no more than two photographs per challenge.   
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mellow yellow

natural beauty

Butterfly joy

A quick chance to photograph this beautiful butterfly within the wild flower area. They didn't settle for long so pleased I managed to get this shot.

Buzzing bee in a poppy

Taken on my smart phone, a beautiful bumble bee enjoying the poppies in the area of wild flowers

Never forgotten

This area of forest is dedicated to all those who died whilst serving in Northern Ireland. This person is unknown to me, but not forgotten....

Peaky Wagtail

TIny little wagtail keeping a look out.

Ants eye meadow view

Taken in the meadow, but by placing camera on the ground, for an alternative angle.

Lonely Bug



Two Dragonflies near the water.


Over cloudy skies

Where Poppies Blow

Poppies and Wild Flowers in the memorial meadow.