Entries now open for Eden Shorts, judged by Michaela Strachan and Nigel Marven

31 July 2015

Eden, Britain's leading natural history channel today announced its nationwide amateur nature filmmaking competition, Eden Shorts, is back.

The aim of the competition is to inspire budding filmmakers to produce one-minute films, which capture the natural world in all its beauty and wonder. It is open now and will be closing on 30th September 2015. Entrants can find information on how to enter at edentv.co.uk/shorts.

The winners will have their work showcased on-air on Eden as well as some other prizes on offer for one overall winner. These will be picked by an expert judging panel, including wildlife enthusiast and TV presenter, Michaela Strachan and Nigel Marven.

Last year over 350 entries were judged on their quality, creative filming technique, postproduction and thoughtful communication of a story or message. The judges were impressed by the excellent assortment of films and techniques used.

Filmmaking technology is now far more accessible, making it easier for passionate individuals to obtain beautiful moving images of the natural world. Sir David Attenborough believes that the future of natural history communication rests with dedicated amateurs who will film wildlife around them, he was quoted recently saying people will capture "the mating of a dragonfly on a pond which may be 100 yards from their home and put that on the web."

Emma Ayech, General Manager of Eden, said;

Eden Shorts is looking for high quality amateur films, which showcase the wonder of the natural world. This could consist of a time-lapse of a flower opening or the setting sun, a piece to camera about nature or local wildlife projects, a classic wildlife film of a favourite animal or even an animation.

More than anything the competition asks entrants to be creative! Eden Shorts is looking for live-action footage of nature, presenters talking to camera, animations, an interview or any other means that help to convey the film's message.

Eden celebrates the wonder of nature, and features the very best wildlife, science and adventure programming. The channel shows the best of the BBC's Natural History Unit with Sir David Attenborough, and science programming with Professor Brian Cox, as well as UK premiere acquisitions that explore the world around us and some spectacular adventure and travel programmes.

To enter the competition: Each entrant must upload a short film lasting no more than one minute to their personal YouTube account. Entrants must then submit the relevant URL for their short film together with their personal email address via the competition entry form application located on the Eden website at eden.uktv.co.uk.

For further information and interview opportunities with Michaela Strachan please contact:

Emily Jones, Publicist or email: pressoffice@uktv.co.uk.

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