Category Archives: Photography


Chase away those winter blues by remembering your favourite outdoor adventures on the Quantocks last year.

The Quantock Hills AONB Service and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, in partnership with Splashmaps, are running a photo competition to commemorate 2016 being their 60th anniversary year, and are looking for your best outdoor Quantock memories of last year.

Entries can be a photograph or short film and be submitted for two categories; 1. Best Landscape Image and 2. Best Expedition Image. Winners will receive a special edition 60th Anniversary Splashmap, which is a wearable, washable all weather map, designed for the real outdoors. Winners will also have their entries exhibited in a local venue.

Runners-up will be exhibited online at the Quantock Hills website and be promoted as some of our finest local photographic and/or film-making talent.

The Best Landscape Image must be an image of the Quantock Hills taken in 2016, but can be taken anywhere on the Quantock Hills, in any season with people in it or without. The Best Expedition image must be an image taken of a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, ideally on the Quantock Hills.

A maximum of three entries per person per category is allowed. Entries must be submitted either as a photograph by jpeg, or if a film by mp4 no longer than 30 seconds. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 31 March.

Jeff Brown, Somerset County Council’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager, says: “For over 60 years a DofE expedition has been the first experience of the Quantock Hills for many young people in in the South West. This competition will allow them to share their energy and enthusiasm for this beautiful landscape but we are also looking for pictures that reflect their full expedition experience so don’t ignore the photos of sore feet, walking through horizontal rain or the feeling of pride when you complete your first ever expedition.”

Chris Edwards, Manager, Quantock Hills AONB Service, says: “We know that there is an extraordinary amount of photographic talent in and around the Quantock Hills, and we would like to take this opportunity to showcase our finest local photographers, and commemorate 60 years of the Quantock Hills being nationally protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

By submitting an entry to the competition you are giving permission for the Quantock Hills AONB Service and the Duke of Edinburgh Award to use your image in their marketing material, but your image will be credited to you, and be celebrated as a winning entry.

Competition deadline: Friday 31st March, 5pm.

To enter, email  


Jack and Alison Clegg have moved their photography business from Porlock to Minehead. We wish them all the best with this development! Jack is a long-standing contributor to the magazine and his photography stars on the current winter cover. The photo above shows a red kite which Jack photographed in Valley of Rocks. The image accompanies Trevor Beer’s Country Matters article on page 63 of the winter magazine (which is all about wildlife in winter in the Valley of Rocks).

Here is a message from Jack and Alison about their move, which we have promised to share…

As our lease has now ended at the shop in Porlock, we are relocating the business. We would like to thank you for your custom and support over the last six years and we look forward to your continued custom and support in the future. We have found that with the ever-increasing popularity of the photography courses, we are away from this shop too much to justify staying here.

Exmoor Photography is continuing as normal. However, we will be concentrating on the following services,

  • Exmoor Photography Courses
  • Online Gallery Sales
  • Commercial Photography
  • Canvas & fine quality printing service (not kiosk)

All of our products and information are available online
as always on the following websites.
If you have any questions or would like
to book your photography course
Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course & Photo accessories:
Alternatively, you can contact us on
T: 01643 702312 (active from Monday 23rd January 2017)
M: 07790 885506

Exmoor Photography
85 Marshfield Rd
TA24 6AJ.

You are welcome to visit the office BY APPOINTMENT ONLY,
please contact us on the above numbers to make an appointment.
We will be running the business from our H/A until we find
a larger retail premises in a bigger town.

  • Please note if you have a Photography Course GV, please contact us (as per normal) to book your course by contacting us on the above numbers.
  • Please note if you have a current shop GV you can use it on the gallery website as above or as part payment against one of our photography courses.


The Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition 159 opens at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton on 14 January and runs until to 11 March 2017. Launched in 1854 and now in its 159th edition, it is the longest-running exhibition of its kind in the world. This year’s exhibition features an eclectic mix of work by 75 photographers from 16 countries, carefully selected by a panel of experts, and will provide a fascinating insight into the range and diversity of photography today.

Taking the form of a competition, with entries submitted from both amateur and professional photographers throughout the world, the IPE finalists and medal winners were selected by a panel made up of social documentary photographer Dougie Wallace, Brighton Biennial Photo Festival Director, Celia Davies, Director of Glasgow’s Street Level Photoworks Malcolm Dickson, Picture Editor for The Sunday Times Magazine Russ O’Connell and photography writer and editor Gemma Padley.

Alice – from the series ‘Being Inbetween’ (Gold Award Image) Photographer: Carolyn Mendelsohn
Alice – from the series ‘Being Inbetween’ (Gold Award Image) Photographer: Carolyn Mendelsohn

For the first time in the exhibition’s long history, all four medal winners are women. UK photographers Carolyn Mendelsohn, Polly Braden and Poem Baker secured the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, and Russian photographer Anna Shustikova won the under-30s Gold award. The four medal-winning prints can be seen at the exhibition which is touring venues and photography festivals throughout the UK.

South West Heritage Trust Chief Executive Tom Mayberry said: “We’re delighted to be hosting such a prestigious exhibition at its only venue in the South West of England. This annual exhibition is steeped in history and in its early years included work from some of the world’s most eminent photographers including Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Edward Steichen and others.”

The Museum of Somerset is part of The South West Heritage Trust, an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage. International Print Exhibition 159 is free to enter.

PHOTO: Abrigo Corner 1, Photographer: Tom Blachford


Unspoilt moorland; dramatic coastline; Exmoor ponies; romantic Lorna Doone association; ancient woodland and archaeological treasures: Exmoor offers such a variety of scenery, attractions and experiences to meet most people’s interests. It’s not surprising that within the Exmoor Society’s archive is found a wealth of material: letters; slides; pamphlets; correspondence – all show why Exmoor is so special and together they contain valuable evidence of the ongoing changes in Exmoor’s landscape. The archive demonstrates the complex interrelationship between people and the environment within this long-established, traditional rural community.

Dr Helen Blackman, a professional outreach archivist was employed by the Society to undertake a project “Unlocking Exmoor’s Heritage” from 2014-16. Since then she has catalogued and conserved key documents and papers relating to people such as Victor Bonham-Carter and Malcolm MacEwen who influenced the National Park movement from the 1950s through to the 1980s. She has put on notable events such as the Exmoor Language Garden as well as giving many talks to local groups and writing pamphlets and education guides for teachers and students of different ages. Extensive use has been made of volunteers to undertake much of the cataloguing and so engage many people with different skills and experiences. Further information on the project and the archive can be found on the Society’s website.

Chairman Rachel Thomas said that as a result of all this activity the Society is thrilled to announce that it has started a new 2-year venture, delving further into the archive, by employing Dr Blackman to lead several new projects. These will include acting as a hub for local history and archive groups; launching Exmoor Studies, a series of shorter books inspired by the Exmoor Review the annual journal of the Society first published in 1959; a conference on Exmoor as an English outback and a book-length history of the National Park. Finally a new project just launched called Then & Now has attracted much interest.

Dr Blackman said “Of all the things I’ve done since becoming the Exmoor Society’s archivist, wading in the River Barle to try to find out exactly where a photograph had been taken some 40 years ago was probably one of the oddest. Archive training does not usually involve risk assessment in water – in fact archives and water do not mix well. But there I was, slipping around in a pair of borrowed wellies, peering intently at a bridge parapet to try to work out if I’d got the angle right (I hadn’t).”

“The principle is simple”, Dr Blackman explained – “go to the same spot an old photo was taken and retake it. In practice, it can be quite tricky. The photographs are usually labelled, but sometimes for example the label just says “A boggy place on Dry Hill” and this isn’t terribly easy to locate especially since the scene may have changed substantially over the decades. Thus you find something you think is the same spot but it looks different, and you can’t tell whether that difference is because you’re in fact standing somewhere else, or in the same place that has changed. The past, as they say, is another country.”

The Society has found that attempting to rediscover the same place hones your observation skills and enables a deeper understanding of landscape quality. There are over 1500 slides depicting locations across the moor so the task is enormous and the Society is seeking people to help retake them. The Then & Now photographs will enable the Exmoor Society to influence future landscape change by providing evidence of how the moor has evolved.

The Society’s Resource Centre is open to the public 10-4 Monday to Friday. To use the archives please make an appointment. And if you fancy doing some detective work and seeing how Exmoor has changed, please contact the archivist on or 01398 323335 for details of the project.

PHOTO: A linhay at Huish Barton, 1977.


There is just a week left for adults and young people with a passion for photography to enter their work in the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon’s annual photographic competition.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 28 September, with the winning images displayed in the museum’s ‘North Devon in Photographs’ exhibition, which runs from 12 November to 7 January 2017.

This year the categories include towns and villages, the coast and sea, characters, landscape, wildlife and ‘Anything goes!’, which is an opportunity to experiment with collage or digital paint and optical software.

There will also be an additional category for ‘Historic Environment of the AONB’ (Areas of Outstanding National Beauty), which should be an image celebrating the local heritage of this special protected area.

Judges this year include local professional photographer John Andow, Dave Edgcombe from the AONB and Steve Pitcher, AONB Chairman and member of North Devon Archaeological Society.

Executive Member responsible for leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We are surrounded by natural beauty in northern Devon, so local photographers aren’t short of inspiration for this competition. All images must have been taken in North Devon, Torridge and Exmoor within the last two years. This is always a very popular competition, with the reward of having your work displayed at the museum. I know there are lots of keen amateur photographers out there so please get involved and share your work with us!”

For more information contact the museum on 01271 346747, email or download an entry form online at


JR1167-42Beaford Arts is looking for keen photographers to champion its New Perspective project, collating a series of images taken by local people, inspired by the images of James Ravilious.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Beaford Arts, 25 images will be selected to be displayed in the ‘New Perspectives’ exhibition at Petroc’s Goodwin Gallery this autumn.  Submitted images should be in response to one, or more, of the 25 selected images displayed on the Beaford Arts website, which were taken by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive.

One of the images is set in Barnstaple Pannier Market and can be viewed online or on display on the history barrow inside the market.  The image depicts an egg and cheese stall in the market in 1979.  You can try and recreate this image, or use it as inspiration to capture the essence of the market as it is now.

Executive Member responsible for leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “This sounds like a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Beaford Arts.  The exhibition will offer a glimpse into North Devon life through the eyes of its local community.  It will be really interesting to see what has changed and what remains when comparing the new images to those of James Ravilious.  Pop down to the Pannier Market to get involved or find out more on the Beaford Arts website.”

Claire Ayres, Communities Manager from Beaford Arts, said: “We’d love everyone from the young to the older generation across our broad rural community network of north Devon to be captivated and truly inspired by the work of James Ravilious, and to help us express and celebrate the unique place in which we all live.”

Submitted images can be in black and white or colour and must have been taken in 2016 – the 50th anniversary year.  Photos should be high resolution and can be:

  • uploaded through the website using a PC, smart phone or tablet
  • emailed to
  • darkroom prints can be posted to Beaford Arts, Crown Yealm House, Pathfields Business Park, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3LH

Full details of how to enter are available at or on the history barrow in Barnstaple Pannier Market. Entries must be submitted by 10am on Monday 5 September.

Please share your images across social media using #BA50 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Photo: ‘Egg and cheese stalls, Barnstaple Pannier Market, December 1979.’  Photograph by James Ravilious © Beaford Arts digitally scanned from a Beaford Archive negative.


After the huge success of last year’s ‘Love your Lakes’ photo competition South West Lakes Trust and South West Water have decided to hold it again this year.

The competition, now in its fourth year, is to encourage people of all ages to make the most of the fantastic photo opportunities at their lakes across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset. The lakes of the South West are popular among amateur and professional photographers alike and the opportunities are endless.

This year there will be three photo categories – ‘family fun’, ‘on the water’ and ‘feats of engineering’. Photos must be taken at one of South West Lakes Trust’s lakes. A fantastic prize of a photography master-class with photographer Richard Austin OR £250 will be awarded to the overall winning photograph, with £100 for each individual category winner. Runner-up prizes will also be awarded.

The ‘Love your Lakes’ photo competition is free to enter and will be judged by Andy Parsons, Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, Monica Read, Customer Relations and Business Development Director of South West Water and also a Trustee of South West Lakes Trust and last but at no means least renowned professional news and sport photographer Richard Austin.

Richard has been working at the top end of the newspaper and magazine industry for more than a quarter of a century. His photographs are used all over the world in newspapers and magazines, and as a modern day media photographer Richard has the ability to adapt his photographic work not only to news and sport but also in the expanding business world of Public Relations and website photography.


Andy Parsons said: “Everyone in our area has a lake within thirty minutes’ drive of their home, providing an ideal setting for perfecting photography skills. Throughout the year the landscape changes, shadows lengthen and shorten and greenery appears and disappears, giving photographers the fascinating challenge of capturing their favourite locations in differing stages. I really look forward to judging the competition this year, knowing that it is a great leveller, open to people of all ages and abilities. Please feel encouraged to take a trip to a lake near you – you never know what wildlife you will encounter or how much fun it can be trying to capture that special scene.”

Monica Read added: “We’re pleased to be supporting South West Lakes Trust’s photo competition again this year with new categories including ‘On the water’, ‘Family fun’ and ‘Feats of engineering’. Every dam is an amazing feat of engineering and the lakes that they create provide lots of opportunities for family fun, whether that’s watersports or simply picnicking and enjoying the scenery. Take your camera with you, send us your best pictures and I look forward to seeing the results in the autumn.”

Please send your photos to

More information can be found on the South West Lakes Trust website or by contacting Rosie Vine, South West Lakes Trust Communications Manager –, 01566 771930.

PHOTO: By Julia Amies-Green.


South West Lakes Trust and South West Water have revealed the winners of the 2015 ‘Love your Lakes’ photo and video competition which ran from 1 May-30 September, receiving over 125 entries.

The competition was held to encourage people of all ages to make the most of the fantastic photo and filming opportunities at their lakes across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset. The lakes of the South West are popular among amateur and professional photographers and videographers alike, providing a unique combination of beautiful landscapes, high-adrenalin activities and rich wildlife and plants. They are also the reservoirs that provide most of the region’s raw tap water, and the entries reveal how photographers are fascinated by the interplay between essential infrastructure and the natural world.

The three photo categories were: The Beauty of Water, Activities, and Flora and Fauna. Photos had to be taken at one of South West Lakes Trust’s sites.

The competition was judged by renowned professional news and sport photographer, Richard Austin, Former Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, Evelyn Stacey, and Customer Communications Officer for South West Water, Lorna Devenish.

First prize for The Beauty of Water category and the chosen overall winner was Martyn Behennah from Dobwalls for his photograph of Roadford Lake, who was awarded £350. Mandy Pollard of Holsworthy took the top prize for the Activities category with her photo of a group of sailors at Upper Tamar Lake and Jacqui Spiers of Lifton was awarded first prize in the Flora and Fauna category for her photo of Meldon Reservoir.

Malcolm Solomon’s video of Burrator Reservoir took first place in the video category and he was awarded £250.

The Beauty of Water

First Prize and Overall Winner – Martyn Behennah of Dobwalls
Second Prize – Sue Rowlands of Saltash
Third Prize – Sally Whiteman of Tiverton


First Prize – Mandy Pollard of Holsworthy
Second Prize – Rob Lott of Braunton
Third Prize – Jean Wonnacott of Altarnun near Launceston

Flora and Fauna

First Prize – Jacqui Spiers of Lifton
Second Prize – John Whipps of Looe
Third Prize – Julia Amies-Green of Winsford, Somerset

Video Category

First Prize – Malcolm Solomon of Saltash

The winning photo entries will be on display in the Lakeside Café at Roadford Lake from 1 December until the end of February. The winning video can be viewed on the South West Lakes Trust website –

Roadford Lake is just minutes from the A30 between Okehampton and Launceston and is home to Devon’s Jubilee Sundial, given to HM the Queen by the County of Devon in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.  Why not pop in and enjoy a stroll around the lake, view the fantastic array of photos and warm up with a homemade soup in the café!  For details call 01566 784859 or visit

PHOTO: Third Prize in the Flora and Fauna category went to Julia Amies-Green of Winsford


The winning entries in the annual heritage photographic competition are now on display at the Museum of Barnstaple and  North Devon.

With over 600 entries to judge, the competition for this year’s North Devon in Photographs contest was tougher than ever.

This year categories included Life on the Tarka Trail, Areas of Outstanding National Beauty and Heart of Exmoor, with special categories for under 16s. The first place winners are as follows:

Adult categories:

  • Landscape: John Wilson, ‘Blackchurch Rock’
  • Towns and Villages: Robin Mellor, ‘A tree, the cat and the gravestone’
  • The Coast and the Sea: John Wilson, ‘Late Afternoon’
  • Characters: Sue Torres, ‘Matt the Hat’
  • Wildlife: Richard Gingell, ‘Foxes Fighting’
  • Anything Goes!: Alma Williams, ‘The Time Traveller’
  • Overall cup winner for 2015: John Wilson (‘Blackchurch Rock’)
Under 16s
  • Wildlife: Liam Waters, ‘Exmoor Fern’
  • Towns and Villages: Hannah Gray, ‘Watermouth Castle’
  • The Coast and the Sea: Oscar Perry, ‘The Boat Harbour’
  • Characters: Ben Hebblethwaite, ‘Go Pro Selfie 2’
  • Landscape: Robin Tanner, ‘Standing Rows’
  • Anything Goes!: Hannah Morgan, ‘Pebble Path’
  • Over under 16s cup winner: Liam Waters (‘Exmoor Fern’)

Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership – Heart of Exmoor awards, category theme ‘Moorland, Bogs and Coastal Heath’

  • Adults: Jen Rogers, ‘Winter Light’ (Brendon Common)
  • Under 16s: Alanna Heywood, ‘Icy Exmoor Puddle’ (Winsford Hill)
AONB special category ‘Wildlife and Habitats’
  • Adults: 1st George Brown, ‘Murmuration’ (Northam Burrows)
  • Under 16s: Ben Hebblethwaite, ‘Swan Reflection’ (Braunton Burrows)
Westside Warehouse Books Tarka Trail special category ‘Life on the Tarka Trail’
  • Adults: Angella Spry, ‘Little Urchin and his Puppy’ (Torrington)
  • Under 16s: Daisy Williams, ‘Chasing the Cyclist’ (Taddiport)

North Devon Council Executive Member responsible for culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “Once again there was an excellent standard of entries in this year’s competition, which is a reflection of the local talent we have here in North Devon. I would encourage everyone to pay a visit to the museum to see the exhibition, which is a celebration of North Devon life and landscape – both beautiful and inspiring!”

The ‘North Devon in Photographs’ exhibition runs until 9 January 2016. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, entry is free. Keep up to date on news and events on the museum’s Facebook page.

PHOTO: Adult winner, AONB special category-Wildlife and Habitats – ‘Murmuration’ by George Brown


A free exhibition displaying the winning pictures for the 2016 South West Coast Path Photographic competition is open for visitors to enjoy at the Dunster National Park Centre and will be on display until the end of October.

Amateur and professional photographers were encouraged to enter their best pictures of the Coast Path in this annual photo competition. The South West Coast Path is one of the world’s greatest walks. The aim of the competition is to showcase its landscape and wildlife by taking beautifully crafted photographs.

The SWCP passes through many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as Exmoor National Park. Many people enjoy completing it in sections over several visits, using taxi services to transport their luggage onto their next stop point or making use of the Moor Rover bus which can be booked in advance subject to availability, phone 01643 709701 for more details.

This year’s twelve top photos are featured in the 2016 South West Coast Path calendar, with the 1st prize winner on the front page. Each copy sold will raise a minimum of 25p for the South West Coast Path Association for path improvements

There were over 900 entries in this year’s prestigious competition which was won by keen amateur photographer, Brian Howe from Camberley, Surrey with his image of Chapman’s pool in Dorset.

The first runner-up was a picture taken at Porth Nanven by last year’s winner Peter Edwards. A stormy picture of Porthleven by Lloyd Cosway was joint third along with Richard Taylor’s picture of the Dartmouth Daymark.

All the photographs are on show and canvases are available to buy through auction.

PHOTO: Great Hangman heading down to Combe Martin by Andrew Wheatley.