Tales from the Riverbank

Tales from the Riverbank

Fly fishing © Rob Jordan/2020VISION

For centuries our local chalk streams have been a source of inspiration for residents and visitors alike. Many have expressed their interactions with the landscape through creativity, while others are still waiting for their stories to be told.

These special places have caught the imagination of Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, and been immortalised in acclaimed novels like The Water Babies and Watership Down. The unique qualities of the streams have been captured in visual form by artists and cherished in the memories of those who live alongside them.

Tales from the Riverbank is a project dedicated to showcasing and continuing this rich creative tradition through literature, photography, and storytelling. It forms part of the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme, which is caring for and celebrating seven local chalk streams.

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Photography competition

Feeling inspired by our splendid streams and their curious winterbournes? We're looking for photos that showcase the special qualities of these spaces and the people who call them home. If you're a Hampshire resident with photos of the scheme area, you could be a winner in our Tales from the Riverbank Photography Competition!

There are six categories in total, four of which you can enter directly:

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • People
  • Wildlife

If you enter the categories above, and are eligible, you'll also be considered for the following categories:

  • Community Choice (decided by public vote)
  • Young Photographer (under 18 years old)

The winners and runners-up for each category will receive £75 and £25 respectively of photography gift vouchers. All winners and runners-up will also be considered for inclusion in an a travelling exhibition (this may be hosted online if Covid-19 restrictions require).

While the current Covid-19 restrictions are in place, please don't head out just for taking photos. But why not take a camera on your daily exercise or make a note of places to visit later on?

To enter this competition, complete the form below by midnight on Wednesday 30th June 2021. It's very important that you read the terms and conditions carefully before entering your photos.

Terms and conditions (click to expand)

The Tales from the Riverbank Photography Competition is being coordinated by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust on behalf of the partners in the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme. By entering this competition you agree to abide by the terms and conditions detailed here.

If you or your photos fail to comply with these terms and conditions then you will be disqualified from the competition. We may ask for proof of compliance with the terms and conditions at any time. Our decision on all matters relating to the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Unfortunately we aren’t able to provide feedback on individual submissions, so you will only hear from us if you have been selected as a winner or runner-up for one of the prizes.

Personal requirements

In order to enter the competition you must be:

  • A resident of Hampshire.
  • An amateur or semi-professional photographer (i.e. your photographic work is not your primary occupation).
  • Over 18 or in possession of written permission from your parent/guardian to participate.
  • Not employed by any of the partner organisations of Watercress and Winterbournes, or an immediate family member of an employee.


Photo requirements

To be eligible for this competition your photos must:

  • Have been taken on or after 1st January 2019.
  • Have been taken within the Watercress and Winterbournes scheme area (please consult the scheme map).
  • Have been taken with care for your own safety and that of others, including current guidance on Covid-19.
  • Be original works of which you have full ownership and copyright.

Your photos must not:

  • Have previously won any regional or national competitions.
  • Include a watermark, signature, or professional logo.
  • Have been altered to the degree that they depict an inauthentic view of the subject (minor enhancements like removing blemishes, adjusting contrast, and colour correction are allowed).
  • Depict people without their permission (the permission of their parent or guardian if they’re under 18).
  • Have been taken on private land without the permission of the landowner (we suggest getting this in writing, e.g. an email, wherever possible).
  • Depict animals that are exotic or captive. Farm animals and pets may feature in photos depicting the lives of local people, but not as the main focus.
  • Have been taken using wildlife attraction methods, including live bait.
  • Have been taken in a way that causes distress or harm to animals or habitats. You are responsible for adhering to any applicable limitations or license requirements.
  • Have been taken in a way that involves breaking the law or rules on the use of a particular site (e.g. nature reserves).


Entry process

  • The deadline for entering your photos is midnight on Wednesday 30th June 2021. Photos submitted after this deadline will not be considered by the judges.
  • You can enter one photo for each category (a maximum of four in total), but you cannot enter the same photo for more than one category.
  • The file names for each photo must include a description of what is depicted, where it was taken, your full name, and the category you wish to enter it for, e.g. “Kingfisher diving on the River Arle at Alresford, Joe Bloggs, Wildlife Category”.
  • Your photos must be submitted in JPG, TIF, or PNG format and at a resolution of at least 300dpi. You can usually check the resolution by right-clicking on an image and selecting ‘properties’ or by using photo editing software. If you’re not able to do this then we suggest uploading the highest resolution version you have, but please be aware that low resolution images may not be considered by the judges. You may be contacted later to supply the original files.
  • All photos are submitted at your own risk, and we cannot accept liability for any loss or damage. Please ensure that you have backup copies of your photo files.
  • Your photos must be submitted through our online form. If you experience problems using the form, please contact winterbournes@hiwwt.org.uk. The form asks you to include a link from WeTransfer - this is an online file transfer service. It is completely free, doesn't require you to have an account, and allows you to transfer 2GB of files at once. It works as follows:
    • Go to https://wetransfer.com.
    • Agree to the terms of service and choose your cookie preferences if asked.
    • Locate the white box on the left-hand side, and click the circle with three dots inside.
    • Choose the 'Get transfer link' option.
    • Click the blue circle with the plus inside, and choose the files you wish to transfer from your computer.
    • Click 'Get a link'.
    • Once the transfer is complete, copy the link provided and paste it into the appropriate field on the entry form below.


Judging and prizes

  • Competition entries will be shortlisted by scheme staff and then assessed by judges appointed by the Wildlife Trust. The judges will select winners and runners-up based on technical skill, originality, creativity, and alignment with the topic of each category.
  • All entries will be anonymised before the shortlisting and judging processes.
  • A winner and a runner-up prize will be awarded for each of the six categories (Heritage, Landscape, People, Wildlife, Community Choice, and Young Photographer).
  • The Community Choice and Young Photographer prizes will be awarded independently of the four main categories. This means that an exceptional entry could win more than one prize.
  • The Community Choice prizes will be awarded according to the votes of local communities within the scheme area, who will choose their favourites from a shortlist.
  • Eligible candidates for the Young Photographer prizes will be identified from information provided in their entry forms. To be considered for the Young Photographer prize you must be under 18 on the date you enter the competition. The winner and runner-up will be chosen from the eligible candidates by the judges.
  • Prize recipients will be contacted once they have been selected. If you are chosen but not able to be contacted then the prize will be awarded to another entrant.


Use of photos

  • The winning photos may be included in a series of small exhibitions in venues across the scheme area. By entering your photos into this competition, you agree to their potential inclusion in the exhibitions and related promotional materials. You also agree to participate in the creation of supplementary exhibition materials that add context to your photos.
  • Entering your photos also gives the Wildlife Trust permission to use them to document and promote the activities of Watercress and Winterbournes and its partners in any medium, including after the competition and exhibitions have ended:
    • Due to the nature of the scheme this may involve sharing the photos with some of the partners and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
    • The photos may also be used by third parties for purposes relating to the scheme, e.g. newspaper articles about scheme activities.
    • Outside of these uses, the Wildlife Trust will not pass on the materials to third parties without your permission.
    • The Trust will have permission to use your photos free of charge, and to adapt them where necessary, but you retain ownership and will be credited whenever they are used.
    • If in the future you no longer wish the photos to be used then you must contact the Trust in writing.
    • For more details please see the Trust’s full Photography Policy.

Entry form

Complete the form below to enter your photos into the competition. Make sure you have read the terms and conditions carefully before completing the form, as we can't consider photos which don't meet the requirements. If you experience problems, please contact the team on winterbournes@hiwwt.org.uk.