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Go wild with a camera

Enter the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and encourage your pupils to try their hand at the junior competition. You have until April 2 to submit your entries. There's no need to head for the Serengeti - the judges are far more interested in seeing an unusual view of a blackbird than some dull, distant shot of a blue helmet vanga. The Young Wildlife Photographer section is divided into categories for 10 and under, 11-14 and 15-17. For adults there is a range of themed sections.

Your images can be of wild animals, wild plants or wild landscapes. As well as earning a cash prize, winning entries will be published in BBC Wildlife Magazine and form part of the Natural History Museum's touring exhibition.

For inspiration, see the photographs that best captured the natural world in last year's competition displayed at venues including the Natural History Museum, London; Liverpool Museum; Oxford University Museum of Natural History; New Walk Museum, Leicester; Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton. Information: 020 7942 5015;

Mars: the next frontier

Imagine a human future on the red planet with the help of astronomer Patrick Moore. The loss of the Challenger space shuttle has been a major setback for human space exploration, but Patrick Moore outlines the possibilities of a manned mission to Mars within our lifetimes. Talking as part of his 80th birthday lecture tour, Moore lets his imagination fly.

Royal Festival Hall, London, March 4. Tickets: 020 7960 4201;


Learn about 18th-century acting from David Garrick (aka actor Jason Watkins) at the National Theatre on February 20 and March 20, at 6pm.

Tickets: 020 7452 3000.

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