Thank you to all who submitted entries for this blog’s first writing competition – there were some really good entries and five very good winners:
Wildlife and Politics Kerri ni Dochartaigh
Invertebrates Sue Croxford
Wildlife and the Arts Ross Hunter
International Wildlife Hugh Webster
Under-18 category Hazel Peters
But there were some excellent other entries and I’ve contacted some of them and will be featuring a few other essays as Guest Blogs over the next few weeks – I’m sure you will enjoy them too. The first two will appear on Thursday and Friday mornings.
And ‘thank you’ to the two judges, Sarah Vernon-Hunt from Thames and Hudson and Michael McCarthy (author and former environment editor of the former Independent newspaper) who gave up their time and brain power to read and rank the entries. We’ll be meeting up later this week for a celebratory meal and re-running our views on your writing, no doubt.
Like throwing any party, it was difficult to know whether anyone would come, and what the quality of submissions would be. But I shouldn’t have worried as you have produced some really interesting and well-written pieces. So, I’ll plan to do it again next year, but this time I’ll give you a bit more time for thinking about it.