BIG Announcement for our BIG Birthday.

For the first time CJS is running a photography competition!

That's right, get snapping, riffle through the archives, scan through the camera app on your phone.  Do you have a great picture? We're not necessarily looking for the most perfect, most technically accurate image (although nice clear pictures are usually better than fuzzy ones!) but those that reflect our glorious countryside and all that goes with working in the management of landscapes, with wildlife, in education everything that is part and parcel of daily life.  We want to see the best (smiling visitors on sunny days), the worst (sodden waterproofs, overflowing wellies and wall still only half built), the wonderful (that elusive moment as an otter slips into the water), the incredible (dandelion seeds floating in a clear blue sky) and the humourous (the perfectly placed background poledriver) that capture life working in the countryside.

You can submit any image at any time but we will be suggesting themes for each month ranging from the obvious British Countryside to the more open to interpretation "Green". You can see the full list of suggested subjects here.  Simply email your photo (jpegs please) to along with your name and any information you want to include about your photo: what it shows, where it was taken and a caption for a funny one would be welcome too. (Full rules are here - please read them before sending your photos, we'll assume you have,

We'll showcase your photos through our new Instagram account ( and share our pick across our social media so make sure you include your social media handles and we'll tag you in.  Meaning that it's also a great way to publicise your site or project.

Not only will your photos be seen by over 100,000 CJS readers but we have prizes too! The CJS Team will choose one winner each month who will receive a prize and at the end of the competition will select one image* as an overall winner to receive a prize money can't buy - an invitation to the grand gala opening of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2020.  In July next year we will post a selection of photos online for you, our readers, to pick a winner who will win a year's subscription to BBC Wildlife magazine.

CJS want to thank all the wonderful organisations who are supporting our competition by providing prizes, we'll introduce them and tell you more throughout the year.

We're launching the competition with an open category - send us any photo that you think is relevant to CJS, your fellow readers and other professionals working across the countryside, conservation, ecology, wildlife, environmental education, arboriculture sectors.
This month the prize is a year's subscription to CJS.

Good luck - and get snapping!

*we're hoping this is going to be a really difficult task!