Photographers have been invited to enter a competition to share their images of an endangered species of bird.

Based in Exmouth, the competition calls for pictures of the endangered curlew, often seen on the Exe Estuary.

This competition, organised by McCarthy Stone, ties into the establishment of its new retirement community, named The Curlews, in Exmouth.

The bird, sharing its name with the new retirement living community, features prominently in winter feeding groups, making for desirable photographic subjects.

McCarthy Stone encourages participants to submit either photos or paintings of the curlews by January 11 2024.

The submissions will be judged by a panel consisting of McCarthy Stone homeowners and staff.

The prize winner will receive a £150 Hobbycraft voucher and have their work displayed at The Curlews, where visitors, family, and future homeowners can view it.

What's more, McCarthy Stone will donate £250 to the RSPB, contributing to the restoration, protection, and maintenance of natural habitats like the Exe.

The Estuary homes more than 20,000 species of "wading birds", many of whom are endangered or rare.

Nicki Beswarick, divisional marketing manager at McCarthy Stone, said: "Known for its evocative, bubbling call which can be heard echoing across the estuary, curlews have become a firm favourite among local birdwatchers. Not only do they symbolise the natural beauty of Exmouth, but they also provide a sense of serenity, which we too will aim to offer at The Curlews.

“We’re looking forward to seeing each of the entries and admiring how they uniquely capture the beautiful scenery of the Exe and its long-legged residents.”

Hopeful competitors can submit up to five photos, which should have been taken no more than three years ago.

The entries should be emailed to

The competition is open to all ages, although those under 16 must seek adult permission.