PHOTOGRAPHS capturing stunning views or wildlife found in Weardale are needed for a book and online project– and the people who capture the best two images will get to witness a spectacular wildlife event as part of the prize.

Durham Wildlife Trust has launched a photography competition to celebrate the glories of Weardale with a prize including the chance to feature in a new book and also the opportunity to see one of Britain’s rarest wildlife events – a black grouse lek.

Next year, the Trust will work with its partners at the Living Uplands Project to produce A Natural History of Weardale, both online and in print.

The book is designed to bring the area to life for readers and needs a range of top-class photography to achieve its goal.

Durham Wildlife Trust invites its supporters, the residents of, and visitors to, Weardale and anyone with an enthusiasm for photography to submit their finest work into its Views of Weardale competition.

The Trust is looking for the best photographic captures of wildlife or landscapes from the Weardale area, with two age categories under which to enter– 18 and under and over-18s.

The winning photographer in each category will be offered the opportunity to experience Weardale’s greatest wildlife spectacle, the biggest black grouse lek in the dale when the male birds gather at dawn in spring to engage in ornate dances to impress the watching females.

Durham Wildlife Trust director Jim Cokill said: “I’ve had the privilege of visiting this lek and it is an opportunity that any photographer interested in wildlife wouldn’t want to miss. It will be an unforgettable experience.’’

There will also be two ‘highly commended’ prizes in each category and age group.

Each winner and each photograph rated ‘highly commended’ will receive a printed canvas of their image.

The deadline for submitting an entry is 5pm on Friday, March 13, 2020, and more details are available at durhamwt.com/viewsofweardale