YOUNG Bromley photographers are urged put their talents to the test in a nation-wide competition.

The scheme, led by Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) and British Wildlife Photography Awards, aims to get youngsters honing their snapping skills.

There were more than 4,000 entries for the prize last year across the two age categories – under 12s and for those aged between 12 and 18.

Head of youth and education at RSPB Suzanne Welch said: “The WildPix competition is a great way for young people to get close to the nature around them, in their gardens, local park or nature reserve.

“Don’t forget our town and city centres have a wealth of wildlife that might surprise people too.

“Last year’s winner proves that even the most everyday species like a chaffinch can be photographed in an exciting and imaginative way, and we hope our annual Big Garden Birdwatch event last month inspires some wonderful entries from gardens.”

The competition is open until May 4 and the winners will be announced in September. The prizes are £300 for the younger category and £500 for those aged between 12 and 18.

Judges include the well-known wildlife photographer and cameraman Charlie Hamilton James, and the editor of the RSPB’s award-winning BIRDS magazine Mark Ward.

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