The Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 competition has opened for entries. It calls on bloggers from around the world to put their favourite wildlife moment into the spotlight, in 800 words or fewer. Sponsored by SWAROVSKI OPTIK and organised by Terra Incognita, the competition aims to celebrate storytelling for positive change, and has an impressive list of prizes and star judges.
“We’re seeking stories that raise awareness about our planet’s incredible wildlife and explore people’s connection with nature through travel”, said Dr Nick Askew, co-founder of Terra Incognita.
As a social enterprise Terra Incognita believes that ethical ecotourism, combined with the power of blogging, can be a real force for good in the world. “Bloggers are some of the greatest storytellers of our time, and we want to create opportunities for bloggers to be recognised and rewarded for their talent through support, encouragement and publicity”, said Nick.
The Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 competition will award a two winners – one chosen by a star panel of judges and another as voted for by the public. There will also be runners up prizes and benefits for anyone who enters.
Winners will each receive a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK CL Companion 10×30 binoculars (value £930), plus wide-scale promotion and recognition for their blog. Winning entries will be published on some of the biggest wildlife blogs online, including Mark Avery and Conservation Careers. Winning bloggers will also have the opportunity to be interviewed for two popular wildlife podcasts – Conservation Careers Podcast and the Wild Voices Project. Winner will also receive a membership to Conservation Careers, its online Conservation Career Kickstarter course and career coaching (valued at £199).
All entrants will be offered benefits as part of the Terra Incognita Eco-Blogger Network, a global community of storytellers and influencers, including their profile featured on Terra Incognita and opportunities for published work and promotion to increase their profile.
“Blogging engages everyone from scientists and activists to concerned citizens and youth in important issues like wildlife conservation, across cultures and continents”, said Kristi Foster, co-founder of Terra Incognita. “Let’s celebrate great storytelling by passionate people who will continue to educate and inspire us – sparking conversations that lead to positive change”.
Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 judge panel includes:
· Dr Mark Avery – Britain’s premier wildlife blogger
· Dr James Borrell – Conservation scientist and uber-blogger
· Marta Calix – Co-founder of the The Conservation Hub
· Ed Drewitt – Professional naturalist and BBC broadcaster
· Hendrikus van Hensbergen – Chief Executive of Action for Conservation
· Justin Lennon – CEO of Conservation Guide
· James Lowen – Award-winning travel and nature writer
· Lucy McRobert – Nature writer and environmental journalist
· Eilidh Munro – Wildlife and conservation filmmaker
· Daisy Ouya – Science writer, editor and communications specialist
· Dr Kate Rawles – Outdoor philosopher, writer, lecturer and environmental campaigner
· Matt Adam Williams – Wildlife photographer, writer and naturalist
HOW TO ENTER
The Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 competition is open to anyone – amateur or professional – who runs a blog or website. Stories must be original (unpublished) and are limited to one entry per person.
To enter, simply submit a short story about your favourite wildlife moment (in 800 words or fewer). Please visit the following page for full details of the competition and how to submit your entry: www.terra-incognita.travel/wildlife-blogger-of-the-year. The deadline for entries is Midnight on 30 November 2018, and the winners will be announced on 31st December 2018. If you have any questions or problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.