Winners receive prizes during a stay at home on a wildlife photo contest

Winner David Flint with Stephen Hussey DWT

The winners of a wild home photo contest, which attracted nearly 100 entries, received their prizes.

The contest, organized by Exeter City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust, proved very popular, drawing a total of 93 entries from amateur photographers and nature enthusiasts. The standard of entries was exceptional, with dozens of stunning images.

In the end just the closest plan of David Flint’s garden dragonfly in his conservatory impressed judges. David received his award book on Wildlife Gardening, by Stephen Hussey of Devon Wildlife Trust.

Eleven-year-old Oliver Marsh won the youth category with his shot of a robin on a bench. Oliver will also receive a book on wildlife from the Devon Wildlife Trust.

The contest was launched earlier in the year to lift human spirits during the third national “blockade”.

People were encouraged to take photos of wildlife in their gardens, backyards or on the doorsteps.

The contest – which was open to everyone in Exeter – supported the government’s message “Stay Home” by trying to stop the spread of Covid-19, while at the same time helping with mental well-being and encouraging animals into gardens.

Squirrels and foxes provided the most popular themes, with garden favorites like blackbirds, robins and even sparrows. Some pictures of moths, spiders and various insects were also sent.

After the trial, Devon Wildlife Trust’s Stephen Hussey said: “We know that nature has become an even more important part of the lives of so many people over the past year. This photo contest not only illustrates the wide variety of animals that people see, but also their passion for it.

“So many of the entries were so high, but it may be fitting that the winner was the one who brings us closer and touches a distance from the natural world around us.”

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