Young photographer and creative writer competition 2020

Photography, poetry and stories of Broomhill Flash nature reserve

Budding writer or photographer? Enter our competition celebrating the beauty of Broomhill Flash in Wombwell, Barnsley.

About the competition

The competition is based on both a celebration of the heritage of the reserves and the enhancement of conservation awareness.

Competition themes can include photography of the reserve’s wildlife, wilderness, archaeology, farming, flood risk management, water management and local history.

Entries will be promoted at a final exhibition to celebrate these captured images and stories.

Who can enter?

There’ll be prizes for the following categories:

Junior: 7 – 10 years, Intermediate: 11 – 13 yrs, Senior: 14 – 17 yrs, Young adult 18 – 21 yrs

What’s the prize?

A pair of binoculars for the winning photograph and creative writing piece in each age group. Runners up will receive either the South Yorkshire Plant Atlas or The Barnsley Breeding Bird Atlas.

All entrants will get a wildlife notebook.

How to enter

All you need to do is send us a digital photograph you’ve taken of the reserves; or a story or poem about it.

Photos and stories need to be in digital format and should be submitted by email to the Engagement Ranger at

What’s the deadline?

Sunday 1st March 2020

Entries may be published in the local media. Please, only one photograph or story per contestant, and please make sure you have the permission of anyone in your photo to make it public.

How the winners will be decided

An event to celebrate and exhibit the creative works of young people who entered the competition will take place on Saturday 28 March 2020, 11am to 4pm, Darfield Church Hall, Church Street, Darfield, Barnsley, S73 9JX.

Local poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan will help us judge the winners, with prizes being presented by the Lord Mayor of Barnsley.

The photographs and creative writings will also be exhibited at various libraries and other places around the Barnsley area. All entries will be shown on the Garganey Trust website and could appear in local media.