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Buchan Country Park photo contest launched

By Crawley News  |  Posted: June 17, 2013

  • high STANDARD: Entrants will have to try and outdo Phil Spinks' photo of one of the park's lakes which won the overall prize in 2012

  • YOUNGEST WINNER: Summer Aucoin won the young photographer category with this picture last year

  • NATURE IN ITS ELEMENT: Steven Coppard won the 2012 wildlife category for this image of a fawn and its mother roaming the country park

  • EERIE: Samuel Martin was crowned winner of the landscape category in 2012 for this view of Buchan Country Park in the autumn

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AMATEUR photographers are being challenged to capture the spirit of one of Crawley's best-loved parks through a lens.

Buchan Country Park's annual photography competition, which encourages snappers to show off their skills, has been launched for 2013.

There are three categories to enter, wildlife, landscape and young photographer (the latter being open to under 16s).

Awards will be given for each individual winner as well as a £25 prize for the overall top picture.

Christine Field, West Sussex County Council's cabinet member for community wellbeing which includes the outdoor environment, said: "Buchan Country Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife across a diverse range of habitats, which will allow amateur and young photographers plenty of opportunity to put their skills to the test."

This year's entrants will have to live up to a high standard after some stunning snaps were sent in during the 2012 contest.

This year's competition runs throughout the summer and into autumn, until November 4, so snappers have the opportunity to submit entries from different seasons.

It costs £1 per entry, with a maximum of five per person. All money raised will go towards the conservation of the park.

Photographs must be taken at Buchan Country Park, off Horsham Road in Broadfield, and a selection of the best pictures will be displayed at the park's Countryside Centre.

The pictures, along with the entry fee, should be posted to Buchan Country Park, Horsham Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9HQ.

For more information and competition rules visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/buchan

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