The competition has now closed and the stunning 'Wild Ouseburn' calendar has been published. Buy a Wild Ouseburn 2024 calendar

The Ouseburn Valley is home to an amazing range of wildlife from butterflies to deer. To celebrate this we want to produce a 2024 calendar featuring 12 photographs chosen from entries to this inaugural photography competition. All profits from calendar sales will go to the Ouseburn Trust, an independent charity, working towards a vibrant, diverse and sustainable future for Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Ouseburn Valley. This is the latest calendar in a series produced by Ouseburn Ancestors Publishing and designed by Northern Design.

The Rules

The twelve photographs selected will appear in the Wild Ouseburn Calendar for 2024. You can enter up to three photos in total. The closing date for entries is 10am on Friday 6th October 2023. The winning photos will receive two tickets for a ‘Back to the Future’ Walk and a copy of the published calendar.

Sending us your photographs

Please include the following info:

  • Your name and contact details
  • You may wish to give your photograph a title and tell us about the location, time and date when you took the photograph
  • Entrants can submit up to three photos in total (in landscape orientation and as JPEGS)
  • You may reduce the file size for email purposes, but please inform us if you have a higher resolution version available
  • Email your wildlife pictures as jpeg attachments to: [email protected] 

In submitting photographs to our email address for entry in the competition, entrants agree to abide by the rules set out under ‘General Rules’ below.

Mock up of what the calendar will look like. Names will be published alongside the photograph.


1. The title for the Calendar for 2024 is ‘Wild Ouseburn’ The theme is open to your personal interpretation but we’re looking for beautiful photographs that show off the best of the Ouseburn Valley with particular reference to its wildlife.

Farm animals are allowed, but photos of pets and zoo animals are not. Images of wildlife in captivity are also ineligible. That includes photographs of wildlife taken in cages, aquariums, tanks, enclosures, pens or in any situation where the animal has been captured or restrained. Any photographs of animals in the wild that have been captured using bird seed, fruit, nuts or any other means of attraction must be declared as such at the time of entry. The Ouseburn Trust’s decision as to the eligibility of individual photographs will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Entrants must not cause injury or distress to any animal or damage its habitat, either deliberately or inadvertently, whilst trying to take a photograph. This includes the flying of drones, which should not be flown too close or too noisily to wildlife, or their habitats or nest sites

2. Photographs entered must be taken in the Ouseburn Valley.

3. Entrants can submit up to three photos in total (in landscape orientation and as JPEGS) to the competition website.

4. Ouseburn Trust is aware that digital photography does allow for some image enhancement. You can enter images that have had spots, scratches or other blemishes removed. You can have worked

on the colour or enhanced the image for the sake of the composition. You can also crop the image to improve composition.

We will not accept composite images - entries that stitch two or more separate photographs together to make one image, or entries that superimpose elements photographed separately onto an image. We will also not accept AI generated images.

Ouseburn Trust reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.

5. Entrants must not be professional photographers. For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.

6. Entries must be submitted with a Name, address, telephone number and email address.

7. The competition closes at 10am on Friday 6th October 2023. Entries received after this date will not be considered. Those who have no access to the internet to submit the entry or those with accessibility questions should contact the Ouseburn Trust 0191 2616596.

8. The competition will be judged by Sue Bright (Vice-chair of Ouseburn Trust), Colin Hagan (Northern Design) and Cath Scaife (Project Officer for the Natural Environment and Open Spaces, Ouseburn Trust).

9. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on any entry will be provided.

10. There is no monetary alternative to the prizes offered.

11. Photographs must not include people.

12. We are looking for original photographs, so entries must not have won any national or international competition prize previously.

13. Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to the Ouseburn Trust. By entering the competition all entrants grant to the Ouseburn Trust the right to publish and exhibit their photographs the Wild Ouseburn Calendar and on the Trust’s website in perpetuity. Entrants whose photographs are one of the final 12, also agree to take part in any post – competition publicity.

Entrants whose photographs are one of the finalists or selected to appear in the Wild Ouseburn Calendar 2024 pursuant to paragraph 13 above, grant to the Ouseburn Trust the further rights to publish and exhibit their photographs in print, on their respective websites or in any other media in perpetuity. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Entrants whose photographs are one of the finalists also agree to take part in post-competition publicity. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every incident where use of the photographs takes place, Ouseburn Trust will include the photographers' names. Entrants must ensure that the photograph is not used to publicise or promote companies, individuals, organisations.

14. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and the Ouseburn Trust reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if Ouseburn Trust has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules, acted fraudulently in any way or brings the Ouseburn Trust into disrepute. When an entry is submitted by a parent or guardian on behalf of an entrant, the parent and/or guardian shall be responsible for the entrant’s compliance with these rules.

15. The Ouseburn Trust reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

16. If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, the Ouseburn Trust reserves the right to either offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.

17. These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales. This competition is administered by the Ouseburn Trust

18. Please take your photos responsibly and always follow the Countryside Code

We will only accept JPEGS uploaded to our competition email address, we will not accept hard copies sent through the post.