Calling all aspiring film-makers (of any age)!

SALMON & TROUT ASSOCIATION INTRODUCES INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM AWARD: "THE INVISIBLE WORLD" Leading wildlife film-makers to judge entries. £2,000 for winning entry

Leading wildlife film-makers to judge entries. £2,000 for winning entry

The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA), a leading environmental charity, invites entries from film-makers whose original videos highlight the wildlife, the beauty and the threats to the UK&#39s freshwater world.

Open to all British residents of any age, amateur or professional, entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of film-makers and conservationists which includes wildlife film-maker Charlie Hamilton James; Paul Reddish, producer of many films for the BBC who also runs the post graduate Wildlife Film-making course at Salford; veteran producer and cameraman Hugh Miles and Paul Knight, CEO of the S&TA.

Entries will be judged on the message told, the quality of the story telling, the photography and sound. Creative freedom is encouraged in both narrative and directing, so stories could even be told using still photographs or be in black and white. Inspiring action by telling a good story is the key. All entries will be showcased on the S&TA website, and the winner will receive £2,000. Closing date for entries is 31st July 2015.

Paul Knight, CEO of the S&TA, sponsors of this Award, explains, "Never has there been more pressure on our freshwater and marine environments, and yet, because this is an "invisible world," it does not receive the attention it deserves. The Award aims to highlight this, as well as underpin our position as a pro-active, campaigning environmental charity."

Full details of how to enter, rules and entry requirements can be found on the Salmon & Trout Association website – www.salmon-trout.org.

"The Invisible World" judges:

Charlie Hamilton James is a photographer, television cameraman and presenter, specialising in wildlife subjects. He started his career at 16, working on David Attenborough&#39s The Trials of Life. He was Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 91/92. His work has since been commissioned by National Geographic Magazine, the BBC&#39s Springwatch/ Autumnwatch shows and The Natural World and he now works primarily with his wife, Philippa Forrester. His latest television series "I Bought a Rainforest" has just been screened on the BBC.

Paul Reddish Paul is a longstanding award winning producer of natural history films who has worked extensively with the BBC and independent production companies. His CV as producer / director / writer of wildlife films runs over two pages, with latest TV work including "Hummingbirds Jewelled Messengers" (2012 –producer), and 5 part series, "Brasil – A Natural History", Terra Mater (2014 – series producer). He is a Wye and Usk Foundation Approved Flyfishing guide, with his own company, Free Spirit Flyfishing, based on the Wye river in Hereford. In addition to this, Paul teaches the postgraduate wildlife documentary course at the University of Salford.

Hugh Miles An award-winning cinematographer, Hugh likes to be involved in as many aspects of the filmmaking process as possible, even appearing in front of the camera to help the audience get closer to the experience of actually being out on location. Passionate about conservation from an early age, and inspired by wildlife film-makers, Hugh joined the RSPB where he was in charge of producing one hundred minutes of film a year and would try to get stories about birds onto television as often as possible, which would be viewed by over 10 million people. He went freelance in the mid-1970s, with his first job being to film for the seminal BBC wildlife series Life on Earth. He has subsequently worked on dozens of wildlife series, many with David Attenborough. He is the director / producer of the TV angling classic series A Passion for Angling. Much of his success has stemmed from his use of a certain technique while filming wild animals. By wearing the same clothes and doing the same thing every day, he found that the animals regarded him as part of the landscape and would eventually take no notice of his presence. This enabled him to get close to wild otters and pumas and achieve shots that have proved impossible for others.

Paul Knight Has been CEO of the Salmon & Trout Association since 2001. During that time, he has overseen and directed huge changes within the Association, the most recent being its transformation to a charity. He has had a lifelong passion for fisheries and their conservation, and has written widely on the subject, most recently co-authoring Britain&#39s Game Fishes with Dr. Mark Everard.