Amateur photographers are being challenged to capture the essence of the British countryside this summer to be in with a chance of winning a Â£600 barbecue.
Inspired by the NFU’s new campaign â€“ Farming Delivers for Britain â€“ the union is calling for compelling images to fit the slogan: the countryside at work, which it is hoped will help to illustrate just how farming delivers for Britain.
Farming contributed Â£8.8billion to the British economy in 2011, and capturing the essence of this contribution to the UK will be at the heart of the competition. Pictures will be judged by the editorial and picture editors of the organisations two flagship magazines, British Farmer & Grower and Countryside.
British Farmer & Grower editor Ben Pike said: â€œThe brief is wide open so we’re hoping for some thoughtful interpretations and memorable images. Some of the best pictures are those that just capture a special moment in time, so people shouldn’t be put off if they’re not the most confident photographer â€“ snap away and see what you can do.â€
Countryside editor Martin Stanhope said: â€œIf the weather has done one thing this year it’s made the countryside lush and green so there is a perfect backdrop for some great pictures. It doesn’t just have to be fields and tractors, we want all aspects of rural life to be represented, from barn to back yard.â€
Entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Countryside at Work, Publishing Department, NFU HQ, Agriculture House, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2TZ.
1. The closing date for entries is September 11 2012.
2. The winning entries will be published in the two magazines and online at www.nfuonline.com with the winning entry receiving a Calor gas barbecue worth Â£600. The runner-up will get a luxury stay at the Black Swan in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, and third prize will be a pair of posh wellies from theWellyShop.com
3. See this competition page online for full terms and conditions, and last yearâ€™s photo competition winner Dennis Thompson, here.
4. Find out more about the campaign at www.farmingdelivers.co.uk