Libraries inspire young photographers to capture the beauty of nature

This story was published 26 July 2021

North Yorkshire libraries are inviting budding photographers to go outdoors and explore the natural world as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge with the theme Wild World Heroes.

Child taking photo

Our library service has launched a photography competition aimed at encouraging children aged 7 to 11 to share their best nature shots.

The photos can be of anything they see in the North Yorkshire countryside or in their own garden – a close up of a plant, an insect, an animal or a view of water, hills or sky.

The winners will see their pictures turned into limited edition library cards that will be used by library members across the county.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “North Yorkshire is a stunning and beautiful place to live and abounds with wildlife that we all want to preserve and protect.

“While reading their six books for the Summer Reading Challenge this year children can learn all about how to do their bit for the environment so encouraging them to look around them and record what they see seemed a great idea for a competition.

“I’m sure we have plenty of talented young photographers out there and I’m looking forward to seeing some stunning new library cards.”

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Tuesday, August 31. Photographs can be emailed to ideally in jpg format. They should be landscape and no more than 4MB in size. Each child can send a maximum of three images.

Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge.