Ethny Childs
6 May 2020

Nature during lockdown

This competition has now closed. The winner will be contacted on 12th June and announced on 23rd June on the IES Twitter account.

Are you a keen photographer? Looking to start a new hobby during lockdown? You could have your photo published in the environmental SCIENTIST

Following on from our successful summer photography competition last year, the IES is launching a new photography competition centred around nature during lockdown. With many of us spending more time at home and a reduction in background noise we are being reminded of the nature around us, strengthening our connection to local wildlife and resulting in an uplift in the number of people sharing sightings and pictures of nature in their local areas. 

The challenge is for you to submit your best pictures of nature taken during this period of lockdown.

This can be nature seen in your garden, local green space or even from your window! We encourage you to get creative with your photos and we are also interested to hear the story behind them. Where were they taken? Was anyone with you? This could also be a good opportunity to encourage more wildlife to your area, such as making bird feeders and planting bee-friendly flowers. If you are also taking care of children why not get them involved too!


The winner will be awarded one of the following prizes, dependent on their current or estimated membership grade, as defined by IES membership criteria:

We will select a number of the best entries to be printed in the environmental SCIENTIST and we will be publishing a wider selection on social media.


This competition closed on the 7th June. All entries must be at least 300 dpi and there is a maximum of 5 entries per person. Of course, all photos must be taken whilst adhering to government guidelines on social distancing. 

All submissions are to be emailed to and if you have an account please also send over your twitter handle.

For more information see the full Terms and Conditions.

Record what you see...

Whilst taking part in this competition why not keep record of all the wildlife you spot in your garden and local green space and when you saw it. This information can be used in a number of different nationwide initiatives, such as the Breakfast Birdwatch and the Garden Butterfly Survey, or submitted in real time using apps like iRecord and iNaturalist.