2016 ND&B Northern Wheatear Trophy
Yes, it's that time again...
The UK's premier award that celebrates all things white-arse...
The 2016 North Downs and beyond Northern Wheatear Trophy
Previous holders of the trophy can be seen above, from left to right: 2013 Gavin Haig (Devon); 2014 Martin Casemore (Kent); and the current holder, 2015 Jono Lethbridge (Essex). A new rule is that only bloggers linked to ND&B, or contributors, are eligible for entry. There will be three categories:
Whoever posts the earliest image of a 2016 UK Northern Wheatear wins this one. Blog posting only.
Numbers champion (the big one!)
Whoever posts the most images of Northern Wheatears between now and the end of April 2016. A photograph of five birds together will count as 5 images! Get snapping!!! No repeat images, and that means you, Peter Alfrey!! Blog posting only.
The best image of a UK Northern Wheatear in 2016 (up until the end of April), to be judged by as yet unannounced members of the BBC's Countryfile team (likely to change) will be the winner. And might be used on the 2017 Countryfile calendar - might. Or as a nifty t-shirt design to be worn by Chris Packham during live transmission of BBCs Springwatch - possibly. And, as the other categories, blog posting only.
So, to recap: Northern Wheatear only. UK only. 2016 only.