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A NEW photography competition has been launched to show off the region’s wildlife.

Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley Wildlife Trusts have set up the contest with the Natural History Society of Northumbria and the Great North Museum: Hancock for amateur and professional photographers alike.

There are five categories — wildlife portraits, wildlife behaviour, wildlife in the landscape, botanical, and young person’s photos of flora and fauna for anyone aged 16 or under — and a maximum of five images can be entered, but only photographs taken in the North East will be eligible.

The winner will receive £250 and an Opticron IS 60 ED digiscoping kit, and all the winning and runner-up entries will be displayed in the Great North Museum: Hancock in March, before touring the region.

The deadline for entries is January 31, 2013.

Low resolution images should be emailed to northeastwildlifephoto@gmail.com and printed photographs should be posted to Steve Ashton, North East Wildlife Photography Competition, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Margrove Heritage Centre, Boosbeck, Saltburn, TS12 3BZ.

All entries should state the photographer’s name, which category they are for, where the image was taken and a contact telephone number and address. Entries for the young person’s category should also include the date of birth of the photographer.

For further information visit www.nwt.org.uk