Exeter City Council Wildlife Photography at Home Competition

Impressive images of ‘backyard’ wildlife taken by Exeter’s residents go on display in a new digital exhibition

At the beginning of 2021 during the third national lockdown, Exeter City Council partnered with Devon Wildlife Trust to ask residents of Exeter to capture images of wildlife in their gardens and backyards. This amateur photography competition aimed to promote mental wellbeing during a difficult time and to encourage people to notice the diversity of wildlife where they live.

Twenty-two images, ranging from garden birds to pollinating insects, foxes, rabbits, squirrels and deer were chosen for the Showcase exhibition from the numerous outstanding entries to the competition.

The exhibition features the winning entry – an image of a dragonfly settling on a newspaper, taken by David Flint in his conservatory in Exeter.

Stephen Hussey of Devon Wildlife Trust, said about the competition:

“The UK’s gardens cover an area larger than all the nation’s nature reserves put together. This means they are a crucial resource for our wildlife. In turn, our gardens are often the place that most of us get our closest encounters with nature. Watching birds come to our birdfeeders and seeing bumblebees visit our garden flowers are everyday wildlife experiences which are special, and a reminder of just how rich in nature our gardens are.”

This digital display complements the world renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, currently showing at RAMM.

View the images from the Wildlife Photography at Home Competition on RAMM’s digital exhibition platform Showcase here.

Book tickets to visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at RAMM here.