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MPA's Nature Photo Competition 2019 for All Employees & Volunteers at Restored and Operational Mineral Sites


To celebrate MPA members' achievements in creating amazing spaces for nature, we are holding our third photo competition. There are two categories – firstly, for all employees from our member companies and secondly for volunteers at restored mineral sites.

Entries can be images of species (both fauna and flora) and habitats (including their landscape setting) found on operational quarries, partly or fully restored sites or any site plant.

The competition is open until 17 September 2019 and any photographs entered must have been taken between 1 January 2018 and 16 September 2019 to allow all the seasons and different wildlife to be captured.

Winners will be announced and images showcased at the MPA Quarries and Nature event in London on 23 October 2019. The first, second and third prizes will be vouchers for photographic equipment to the value of £500, £250 & £100.

All Employees Category

A flyer/poster for advertising the competition to employees is available here. Please put this on company notice boards in offices at sites and also include the information in company newsletters and magazines.

Volunteers Category

The flyer for the Volunteers category is available here. Please circulate this to your partners from wildlife and nature conservation organisations so that they can promote the Competition to their volunteers.

You can enter a maximum of 5 images (between 1MB and 5MB each in size) which should be sent as separate emails direct to MPA at – please read terms and conditions below.

Further Information

For further information please contact Elizabeth Clements at MPA or 07775 894 285

Terms & Conditions

Email your photos one at a time in JPEG format to, up to 5Mb (1Mb minimum), telling us where the photo/s was taken and when. You should also include a brief description to put the photo/s into context. Please keep large resolution copies of your photos, in case your entry is successful, for promotional and printing purposes.

Please tell us your full name, age, company, job role, location and a contact phone number with your submissions.

You must hold the copyright for or have the right to use the image/s. Please abide by your company's health and safety regulations and gain permission to photograph if required.

By submitting an entry you give MPA permission to use your image(s) in future publicity. The entrant will receive acknowledgement where their entry is used.

Entries from professional photographers (those whose main income is their photography) are not eligible to enter. No photoshopped composites, faked or doctored images are permitted.

Prizes are as stated; no alternative can be offered. The judges' decision is final.

Image 1: Quarry sand martins | Arcow Quarry, North Yorkshire | by Michael Cardus
Image 2: Ruddy darter dragonfly | (RSPB) Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridge | by Paul Bolla
Image 3: Adult common lizards with juvenile | Kilroot Quarry, Co. Antrim | by Linda Thompson

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