DCRT photo competition Winners!

We had over 50 images sent to us of our beautiful Don Catchment, we want to say a big thank you to everyone that contributed, it was a real treat looking through them all. It was difficult but we whittled them down and we have our winners and runners up.

For the category DCRT Volunteer the winner is Barry Caldwell with this picture of a tributary of Redleadmill Brook, Chesterfield

“Tributary of Redleadmill Brook taken with my phone. This image emphasises the ephemeral nature of rivers, after a dry April, it has nearly dried up but the interest is also from the Spring flowers – the lesser celandine, wood anemone, marsh marigold and bluebells, framed by over-arching trees.”

Runners up went to another one of Barry Caldwell’s taken along Redleadmill Brook in Wingerworth.

“Again, taken along Redleadmill Brook in Wingerworth, the nearest point from my home to the River Don river system. New Spring growth captured in the reflections of a warm Spring sky suggests hope and anticipation in what has been a dark time for humanity: nature keeps moving forward, offering a permanence beyond the facilities of human life. I also think this photo works well upside down the reflections are so clear! Taken with my phone.”

Another runner up was this one taken by Luke Nelson along the Rivelin Valley nature trail in Sheffield

“Taken along the Rivelin Valley nature trail in Sheffield during my lockdown daily exercise walks. A dipper pausing between foraging trips to its nest. Breeding birds are a hallmark of spring, and the dipper is my favourite riverine bird due to it being the only aquatic songbird, diving beneath the water to feed on freshwater invertebrates. Taken with a Canon Powershot SX50.”

For the category ‘Citizen of the don’ the winner is John Ferretti with this picture taken along Five Weirs Walk in Sheffield

“The five mile section of the River Don between Lady’s Bridge near Sheffield City Centre, via Attercliffe, to Meadowhall is known as the Five Weirs Walk. In the 18th and 19th centuries these weirs supplied water to the many mills and wheels bordering the river. Forges, paper, corn and flour mills made this part of the river a highly industrialised area. The river was once heavily polluted but in recent years it has sprung back to life with flora and fauna on the increase. Birds such as kingfishers and finches are common, as well as rare moths and butterflies.
The walk provides plenty of evidence of its industrial past and is still lined with factories and industrial sites. Despite this it is remains beautiful, lined with trees, shrubs and wild flowers. I particularly enjoy the reflections of the buildings and trees in the still waters of the river.
Three images were taken along a section of the walk in the Don Valley, Sheffield.”

Runners up went to John Gorman of the weir at Lady’s Bridge, Sheffield along the River Don.

“The River Don Weir at Lady’s Bridge, Sheffield is in my opinion the iconic shot on the river, with the modern apartments to the left and the Victorian Gilmour Brewery premises to the right, overlooking the river as it passes over the weir, and under Lady’s Bridge The mono treatment gives the scene a dramatic effect. As an enthusiastic amateur photographer, and member of the Sheffield Photographic Society this image has successful in the club’s competitions. ”

Another runner up is Carol Hall with this picture taken at Sprotborough Flash next to the River Don.

Here’s a gallery of all the entries we had into the competition. Please click the image to see the description and who it’s by.


We’re asking you to share your images with us whilst you’re out along your local river.

“River in Spring” is the theme for our first competition. Interpret this how you like but we would like
it to showcase our rivers and streams in the best light. The photograph must have been taken on or
in the vicinity of a river or stream of the Don Catchment e.g. the Rivers Don, Rother, Dearne, Went,
or the myriad smaller rivers and streams that comprise their tributaries. See this map here to check
if your area of interest falls within the Don Catchment.

Anyone is able to enter but we are looking for amateur photographers rather than professionals. The
photograph may be taken on any medium, film or digital and with a device of your choosing –
phone, DSLR or analogue cameras.

Entries can have been taken at any time, even before the competition opened to be inclusive for
those self-isolating during this time. If you are going to go outside to take photos please ensure
you are complying within government guidelines surrounding Covid19 and daily exercise – either as they exist today or any future tightening of the rules.

There will be a winner in the following categories:
1) River Guardians (young person, 16 and under)
2) DCRT Volunteer (any of our current, regular volunteers) 

3)Citizen of the Don Catchment (anyone in the wider public).

Winning prizes for each category include a Ltl Acorn 5210a wildlife camera plus accessories giving you the ability to discover what wildlife is living in your garden. You will also receive a print out of your winning photograph.

You’re welcome to submit up to three photographs in total, please include the location of the
photo and a brief (no more than 280 characters) description of why you would like to submit that
particular image. If you’re under 16 please get permission from your guardian before entering.

All entries must be in before midnight on Thursday 30th April. Please read the general terms and
conditions and privacy notice before entering this competition.

How to enter!

1) Via email – email us at [email protected] with the subject “DCRT Spring Photo Competition”. Each file submitted to us should be no more than a maximum of 20mb in size.
2) Via social media – upload and tag us in your post via the following platforms:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonCatchment
Twitter: @DonCatchmentRT
Instagram: don_catchment_rt

In the post please include where the picture was taken, brief description why you would like to submit that particular image and the hashtag #dcrtphotocompetition.

General Terms and Conditions

  • We will allow some enhancements to the photo but will not accept composite images – entries that stitch two or more separate photographs together to make one image, or entries that superimpose elements photographed separately onto an image.
  • Keep it authentic! We want a truthful representation photo of our catchment.
  •  Entrants must not be professional photographers; we want to keep the competition accessible. For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.
  •  Any entrants under the age of 16 will need to get permission from their parents or guardians
    before entering the competition.
  •  There will be no cash alternative given for the prize

How the competition will be judged

  • Stage 1. Staff collaboratively shortlist a set of ten favourite images
  • Stage 2. Trustees score each of these ten images based on their subjective
    judgement of how good it is. The highest aggregated score wins first prize and the
    next four highest scoring images win runner up prizes.

Privacy Notice

By entering the competition you are giving DCRT permission to use your images on social media and of our promotional materials, you will be given photo credit whenever it is used. You may reserve our use of the imagine if you wish so. We will not make any contact information publically available.  DCRT will not share your data outside with any other third parties without your permission.

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