The South West Puddle Jumping Championships get underway today.

Held at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, the competition is open until Sunday, February 23.

Organisers will be looking for the biggest splash as well as the most enthusiastic, stylish jumpers.

Entry is included with an admission ticket and is free to WWT members.

Hannah Clifford from WWT said: "Puddles are mini wetlands which wildlife use to feed, drink and bathe.

"We also know that children love nothing more than to splash about in puddles so we thought we’d give them the chance to channel their inner splasher by holding our puddle jumping championships.

"We’ve really perfected the championships this year, with brilliant competition areas, practice puddle zones, lots of additional welly and mud related activities, great prizes and expert judging panels.

"Grown-ups are even being encouraged to take part.

"It’s all a lot of fun and we know that children who love puddles often grow up to be adults that love the outdoors.

"So through these championships we’re gently nurturing a love that may help protect wetlands and the wildlife that depend on them for years to come.”

Click the gallery above to see WWT staff making their attempts. All photos by Paul Nicholls.