Marine Reptile Conference Photograph and Artwork Competition

In the run up to the Marine Reptile Conference we are running a social media photo/artwork competition!


This competition is open to all, and we invite professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts in the field of marine reptiles to enter. We are looking for original entries (photographic or artwork) featuring your work with either fossil or modern marine reptiles in fields such as:


  • Wildlife conservation, fieldwork or research with extant animals
  • Fossil excavations, fieldwork, preparation, conservation, CT scanning, mounting work, etc
  • Curatorial work, conservation, taxonomic research or other research involving either extant or extinct species.

Whatever you do with marine reptiles, we would like to see it. See it as an opportunity for us to celebrate the work that you do!


To take part in the competition please tweet your entries to @MarineRepConf and use both hashtags: #MarineRepConf #PhotoComp. Please ensure you also caption your submission(s). You may enter up to three photographs but please put in them separate tweets.


The competition will run until 16th April 2021. The competition will be judged by the Marine Reptile Conference Committee and Steve Etches MBE. The winner and runners-up will be announced at the Conference. The result will also be shared on Twitter for those not attending.

The winning entry will receive a mystery prize, as well as having the accolade of winning!


Please see the Terms and Conditions below.

  1. The Promoter is the Marine Reptile Conference organising Committee.
  2. By entering, all entrants agree to abide by each and all of these terms and conditions.
  3. Open to anyone aged 16 and over only.
  4. If you do not have access to Twitter, you can still enter the competition by emailing your submission to us at [email protected] We will share it via our Twitter account on your behalf.
  5. Members of the Marine Reptile Conference Committee and staff of The Etches Collection may use the hashtags and tweet photographs but are not eligible to win
  6. The Committee’s decision on who can participate and the selection of the winner (in conjunction with Steve Etches MBE) is final.
  7. Entrants must post the image(s) on Twitter and use the hashtags #MarineRepConf #PhotoComp.
  8. There is no entry fee for the competition, but entrants should be aware that they might be subject to data charges depending on their own individual arrangements for internet access
  9. The competition closes at midnight on the 16th April 2021. All eligible entries received by the Closing Date will be entered into the competition. The competition will be judged by the Marine Reptile Conference Committee and Steve Etches MBE. The winner will be announced at the Marine Reptile Conference at The Etches Collection in Dorset 4th - 6th May 2021. This will also be announced on Twitter for non-attendees. The winner will be formally notified by email following the event. The result of the competition will be final. All times given in British Summer Time.
  10. Submissions may be from a group/institution rather than an individual. In this event, the group/institution will be asked to select one single recipient from their team. The prize cannot be transferred, nor will any substitutions or alternatives be available. There will be no cash alternative in whole or in part.
  11. Entrants can tweet up to three different images for the competition using the hashtags #MarineRepConf #PhotoComp.
  12. Images shared on social media as part of the competition must be the original work of the entrant. The entrant must have permission to include people, objects, property and any copyrighted material in the image. Entries must not contain anything defamatory, obscene, illegal or otherwise inappropriate as may be deemed by the Marine Reptile Conference organising Committee (the “Promoter”).
  13. If necessary, entrants will need to be able to confirm that any relevant permission have been obtained regarding people/items featured in the image.
  14. The Marine Reptile Conference organising Committee is under no obligation to publish any entries.
  15. Winning entrants agree to participate in reasonable publicity relating to the competition, including but not limited to having their name published with their entry.
  16. The Marine Reptile Conference organising Committee will not be liable for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, or lost or unavailable network connections that may limit or prohibit an entrant’s ability to participate in the competition. The Marine Reptile Conference organising Committee will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winner’s (or their guest’s) enjoyment of the prize.
  17. The Marine Reptile Conference organising Committee reserve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering prizes) if, in our sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified.
  18. This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or in association with, Twitter, Facebook or any other social network.