Alex Bailey is the current ‘Cairngorms Nature Young Presenter’. He won the competition last year when he uploaded his short film about why he wanted to be a nature presenter. Here he is with Iolo Williams in the Cairngorms!

Cairngorms Nature Young Presenter competition - closed

Cairngorms Nature Young Presenter competition 2018 is now closed and we have our winner! Thank you for all of your entries.

We have a winner!

The Cairngorms Young Nature Presenter 2018 is Aiden Curlewis, age 13, from Edinburgh. Congratulations, Aiden!

Big Wild Sleepout, boy taking pictures, RSPB Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk

This year’s winner

The competition is in partnership with the RSPB and was launched in June. Entrants have been sending in short videos of them talking about nature and showcasing their enthusiasm for inspiring others.

On hearing he had won the competition Aiden said, "I am absolutely thrilled to be voted the Cairngorms Nature Young Presenter 2018. I have been passionate about wildlife and nature since the age of three. I have always found wildlife fascinating and extraordinary, and becoming a TV nature presenter has always been my dream job. I am very excited to get the opportunity to spend a day with Iolo Williams! I'd like to thank the RSPB and the Cairngorms National Park Authority for hosting this competition, and I hope that the other finalists do not give up, and good luck to them in the future!"

Stuart Benn was the RSPB judge and he said, “It has been a privilege to be a judge and watch so many young people speak about their passion for nature. Aiden is a deserving winner. He is passionate and enthusiastic and I am looking forward to meeting him when he comes on his prize trip."

Mountain view, looking out across Corre Cas, Cairngorm, Scotland

What did they win?

Aiden wins a spectacular prize. He will get the chance to make a short Cairngorms Nature film with BBC nature presenter Iolo Williams, in the Cairngorms National Park as part of an amazing 5-day Speyside Wildlife holiday for him and his family!

Every finalist received hundreds of votes and the runners-up will all receive a fantastic prize of a camera trap and an evening in a wildlife hide in the Cairngorms National Park courtesy of Speyside Wildlife.

Badger walking through grass, Surrey

The winning video

Aiden, 13 talks about why he's so passionate about nature.

Aiden, 13 talks about why he's so passionate about nature.

Cairngorms Nature Young Presenter Competition Rules


1. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (‘RSPB’) is working in conjunction with Cairngorms National Park Authority (‘CNPA’).  

2. RSPB must receive entries by 5pm on 31 October 2017.  

3. Applicants may enter the competition by uploading a short video via the RSPB competition website. Please refer to the competition copy for further details. Any entry which is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of the RSPB and CNPA. 

4. All applicants must be 10-16 years old and their parents or legal guardians will be required to submit the entries on their behalf and agree these Rules and the Terms and Conditions below before applicants enter the competition. 

5. If applicable, parental consent must also be obtained from parents or legal guardians for any other participants under the age of 18. Applicants’ parents/legal guardians warrant that such consent will be obtained prior to entering the competition. 

6. The RSPB and CNPA accept no responsibility for any technical failure, malfunction or any other problem with any server, internet access system or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost, corrupted or not properly registered or recorded. 

7. This competition is open to UK residents only. 

8. Only one entry per child. 

9. Once the competition has closed the judges shall assess the entries against set criteria using a points system.  The eight entries with the most points will form the shortlist and these entries will be awarded points on a sliding scale ie: the person who came top will receive eight points, down to the person who came eighth receiving one point. The shortlist will be put online for a public vote, at the end of which points will be awarded based on how many votes the entries got, on the same sliding scale from eight to one. The votes will be limited to one vote per video per unique IP address. The points from the judges and the public will be added together and the person with the most points will be declared the winner.  In the event of a tie for first place the Head Judge will decide the winner. The winner will be notified within 1 week of a decision being made.  

10. The competition prize shall be 5 nights’ stay between 10/03/2018 and 15/03/2018 in the Cairngorms National Park for the winner plus 3 family members, full room and board. This must include an adult. The prize does not include travel. The prize is provided by Speyside Wildlife and the prize may be subject to further terms and conditions imposed by the prize providers. 

11. There is no cash alternative to the competition prize. 

12. The prize will not be transferable to another person.  

13. The winner shall be contacted using the data provided upon entry into the competition and his or her name will be published by the RSPB on its competition website and youth magazines. 

14. The judges’ decisions and the public vote shall be final. No correspondence regarding the results will be entered into. 

15. Any employee or anyone directly connected with the RSPB and CNPA, including their immediate family members will be ineligible to enter. 

16. Any winner who has not responded to notification within 21 days will forfeit their prize; a replacement winner will be selected from the other entrants. 

17. If for any reason we cannot offer the prize stipulated, CNPA will supply an alternative prize of a similar experience. 

18. The RSPB and CNPA reserve the right to remove entries that they consider to be contrary to the spirit of the Terms and Conditions. 

19. Full copyright title remains with the author/owner of any entries. Please see the full Terms and Conditions below concerning your entries.

Competition Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

1. By submitting your entry to the RSPB, which is working in conjunction with CNPA, you agree to be legally bound by the Rules and these Terms and Conditions.

2. Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entries. By submitting any entry to the RSPB (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) you agree to grant RSPB and CNPA a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable right and world-wide licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and exercise all publicity rights with respect to your entry, and/or to incorporate your entry in other works, in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights which may exist in your entry, and in accordance with privacy restrictions set out in the RSPB’s Privacy Policy.

3. You agree to waive any moral rights contained in your entry by submitting your entry.

4. For the avoidance of doubt, by submitting your entry you warrant that all persons featured in your entry have given you their express consent for their image, voice or other details to be used and, in the case of vulnerable adults or persons under 18 years of age, you warrant that you have obtained express consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

5. All personal data submitted will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal data supplied may be passed on to third party suppliers only insofar as required for fulfillment/delivery/arrangement of the prize.

6. The winner may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media. You agree that your personal data may be used for this purpose.

7. Save as expressly provided for in these Terms and Conditions, neither CNPA nor the RSPB (including its subsidiaries) shall be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage or for any costs, claims or demands of any nature whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of the use of your entry or any part thereof.

8. Insofar as is permitted by law, the RSPB (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize, except where it is caused by the negligence of the RSPB, its subsidiaries, agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

9. The RSPB and CNPA reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published on the RSPB competition website.

10. By submitting any entry you agree the RSPB and CNPA may use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity advertising and presentations.

11. Any entry you provide shall be non-confidential.

12. Any entry must be your original work and it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights. In addition, all entries must be produced legally without trespassing on any land.

13. The RSPB and CNPA take your privacy very seriously; we will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of RSPB’s Privacy Policy. By submitting an entry, you acknowledge and agree that you have read and accept the terms of our Privacy Policy and these Terms and Conditions.

14. No wildlife or habitats should be harmed, put at risk or unduly disturbed in the process of filming.

15. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or YouTube. 

16. This competition is governed by English law and the English Courts have exclusive jurisdiction.

17. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (the 'RSPB') is a registered charity in England & Wales no. 207076 and in Scotland no. SC037654 whose registered address is at the Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL

18. The Cairngorms National Park Authority (the ‘CNPA’) is a Non-Departmental Public Body working to the provisions of a Management Statement and Financial Memorandum agreed with its sponsoring body within Scottish Government, the Environment and Forestry Directorate, Natural Resources Division. The CNPA was established by the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000.