We are delighted to announce that this annual competition will now be sponsored by Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd, proprietors o f 'The Famous Grouse' scotch whisky. British Birds will continue to run the competition and the rules will be the same as in previous years:Up to three colour transparencies, each taken during 1980, may be submitted by each photographer. They will be judged on originality and scientific interest, as well as technical excellence. Preference will be given to photographs taken in Britain and Ireland, but those of species on the British and Irish list taken elsewhere are also eligible. A brief account (not more than 200 words) should be enclosed with each, giving the circumstances in which obtained, the method used, technical details (focal length of lens and make of camera and film), locality, date and photographer's name and address. Transparencies will be returned only if accompanied by a suitable SAE. We hope that the judging panel will comprise Dr R. J. Chandler, Eric Hosking, Michael W. Richards, Dr J. T. R. Sharrock and Don Smith. Past winners of this competition have been Michael C Wilkes (1976), Peter Lowes (1977), Dr Edmund C. Fellowes (1978) and Don Smith (1979). Their prizes (cheques for £100 and engraved salvers) were presented at London Press Receptions by Sir Peter Scott, Mrs Joyce Grenfell, Bill Oddie and Jeffery Boswall. The 1980 award (cheque for £100 and engraved Red Grouse trophy) will be presented to the winning photographer by a well-known personality

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