Category Archives: Photography

DUNSTER VILLAGE PHOTO COMPETITION

The Dunster Tourism Forum (DTF) has launched its first ever photography competition. The theme for 2019 is simply ’The Most Beautiful Photo of Dunster’, which gives a wide scope for the many talented amateur, semi-professional and professional photographers in the area to showcase their talents.

The deadline for entries is 15 June 2019. The prizes include a luxury weekend stay for two in Dunster’s 13th-century Luttrell Arms Hotel with an evening dinner and a visit to the hotel’s new Beauty Rooms, Sunday lunch for two at award-winning Reeves Restaurant and vouchers to spend in Raft Dunster boutique and Dunster Living interior shop. Each winner also receives a full-day studio photography course with Nina Dodd, a professional photographer of 25 years based in the village. 

In addition, there’s a ‘People’s Choice’ Award where followers of the competition’s Facebook page can vote for their favourites from a selection of entries.

Best entries will also be displayed in the village in a free outdoor exhibition in 2019 and in a 2020 Dunster calendar.

The photography competition is the first of several new events for Dunster in 2019 and has received great interest from the start with over 2200 Facebook page views in the first few days of the launch.

For more information on the competition and Dunster visit www.discoverdunster.info/

PHOTO COMPETITION TO CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL PARKS

The UK National Parks and Campaign for National Parks have launched a new photography competition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of National Parks in the UK.

Around the theme of a ‘Moment in time’, the competition comes 70 years since the 1949 Act of Parliament that began the family of National Parks in the UK, that today includes beloved landscapes such as Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Peak District.

Pictures could explore the incredible history of world-famous heritage sites, the people, wildlife and landscapes of the UK’s 15 National Parks.

Tim Braund, Head of Communication and Information at Exmoor National Park, said: “This is a great chance for everyone to share their favourite Exmoor National Park moments in time this January. Whether it’s a spectacular dark sky or a selfie on a walk, there’s no better way of kicking those January blues than with a celebration of the UK’s beautiful National Parks.”

Andrew Hall of Campaign for National Parks, the national charity dedicated to the English and Welsh National Parks, said: “We are really looking forward to paying homage to the legacy of the men and women that fought for our access to the most beautiful countryside through this competition.

“We are so lucky to have some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes on our doorstep. Whether it is the rugged coast of Pembrokeshire or morning mist in Exmoor, we can’t wait to see what you can do with a camera!”

The winner will receive a feature spread in Campaign for National Parks’ membership magazine, Viewpoint.

To enter, participants simply have to read the terms and conditions and tag their images on social media with the hashtag #NP70Moments

For terms and conditions and further details go to: www.cnp.org.uk/photography-competition

Photo: Towards Lynmouth where Exmoor meets the sea, ©Julia Amies Green, runner-up in 2018 Campaign for National Parks summer photo competition.

CAMPAIGN FOR NATIONAL PARKS PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Campaign for National Parks invites applications to its summer of beauty photography competition, which has kindly been sponsored by HF Holidays.

The winner of the photography competition will receive a £250 voucher towards an incredible holiday with HF Holidays and a feature spread in Campaign for National Parks’ Viewpoint magazine.

Hannah Garcia, head of partnerships at HF Holidays, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the mind blowing beauty of National Parks. Young or old this competition is open to anyone. We are having an incredible summer and want you to join in!”

To be eligible photos should capture a moment of beauty in one of England and Wales’ National Parks. And should be submitted on twitter, facebook or instagram using #summerofbeauty by 10 August.

Fiona Howie, Campaign for National Parks’ chief executive, explains, “The National Parks are inspiring and breath-taking and we hope the entries to this competition will help celebrate and illustrate the stunning and diverse beauty found within them, whether that’s flowering meadows, lazy rivers or soaring bird life.

“As well as the scenery and wildlife, our cultural heritage, rural communities and the built environment are all part of what makes National Parks beautiful. We are so pleased to be able to celebrate this with HF Holidays and I really look forward to seeing the how people interpret our summer of beauty theme.”

Applicants should go to www.cnp.org.uk/photography-competition for full terms and conditions and further details.

SOUTH WEST LAKES TRUST AND SOUTH WEST WATER PHOTO COMPETITION

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 sixth year, aims 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 four photo categories – ‘Play and Explore, ‘Active Outdoors’, ‘Love your Lakes and ‘Discovering Local Culture’. South West Lakes Trust are passionate about people from all walks of life being able to benefit from the wonderful countryside around their lakes. These categories are four of the five themes that underpin the work of South West Lakes Trust’s charity and our people:

FIVE CAMPAIGN THEMES

  1. Play and Explore Reconnecting children and their families with the outdoors through play
  2. Love Your Lakes – Caring for and improving our natural environment
  3. Active Outdoors – Promoting and delivering health and wellbeing in the outdoors
  4. Discovering Local Culture – Celebrating and engaging people with our built and social heritage
  5. Building Outdoor Skills – Training and personal development for those furthest from work

More information about the campaigns can be found here – www.swlakestrust.org.uk/our-work/

Photos must be taken at one of South West Lakes Trust’s lakes. A fantastic prize of a £250 will be awarded to the overall winning photograph, with £100 for each individual category winner. Runner-up prizes will also be up for grabs and a special prize will be awarded to the photo which receives the most public votes.

The ‘Love your Lakes’ photo competition is free to enter and will be judged by Andy Parsons, Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, Alan Hyde, South West Water’s Head of Community Relations, 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 Web Site 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.’

Alan Hyde added: “We’re pleased to be supporting South West Lakes Trust’s photo competition again this year. 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.”

To submit your photos visit www.swlakestrust.org.uk/photo-competition

PHOTO: Wimbleball Lake by Judith Taylor

QUANTOCK HILLS AONB AND DUKE OF EDINBURGH PHOTO COMPETITION

Just like last year, the many talented photographers who entered the DofE Quantock Hills OANB photography competition made the judging very hard.  The AONB apologises for the delay in judging and subsequent exhibition, but snow and ice played havoc with proceedings.

Chris Edwards and Katy Coate (both Quantock Hills AONB), Jeff Brown from Duke of Edinburgh Award and Matt Bowen from Taunton Leisure convened at Fyne Court in late March and spent the morning making the difficult decisions. With over 100 images to choose from, the sticky notes were flying around the old library to identify the most striking. This year the AONB had four categories, two with straight winners and two that had so many entries of such quality that the judges chose winners and two runners up for each. Here are the winners and runners up in each category.

Best Landscape Image (top) was won by Sally Pryde with her image Sunset at Bicknoller Post

Runners up were Ian Sherlock with his view over Quantock Vale towards the Brendons and Dawn Mahoney with her image taken at Kilve called ‘Time to Reflect’.

Best Expedition Image was won by Robert Blake School.

Best image in the ‘Loving the Great Outdoors’ category went to Dawn Mahoney for her ‘Quantock Fling’ image. Runners up were Marcin Jankowski’s mountain biking image from Wills Neck and Kimberly Gray’s pony and toddler image.

Best Film was won by James Marshall with his atmospheric film talking about the Quantock Hills and its importance to him.

AONB Manager, Chris Edwards, said, “This year’s judging was even harder than last year – the quality is so high and peoples’ desire to capture the spectacular beauty of the Quantocks along with more intimate, smaller-scale images of moments and detail is inspiring. I thank all the entrants for again reminding us why it is so important to protect and enhance the natural beauty of these hills.”

Winners will receive prizes from Taunton Leisure and have their winning image printed onto a canvas; runners up will also receive their image on a canvas. All the images on show in the music room at Fyne Court, the beautiful National Trust property at Broomfield, until this Saturday. Entry is free so come and make a day of it, why not take a walk around Fyne Court’s extensive grounds and treat yourself to a cake from the café while you’re there.

 

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR QUANTOCK HILLS AONB PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Following on from the success of last year’s photography competition, the Quantock Hills AONB and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are running the competition again.  The AONB team love the Quantock Hills and know you do too; they really want to see the wonderful images and films you have captured whilst on your Quantock adventures. They are hoping to receive as many entries as possible from all ages, encapsulating what this beautiful landscape means to you. If you need inspiration you can always view last year’s entries on the Quantock Hills AONB Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/157033168@N08

This year they are being supported by Taunton Leisure who are donating prizes for the winning entries in each category. Also all photographs and films will be exhibited over the Easter holiday at the National Trust’s Fyne Court Music Room.

There are four categories you can enter your masterpieces into, two extra ones for this year!

  1. Best Landscape Image
  2. Best Expedition Image – must be of a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, ideally on the Quantock Hills
  3. Loving the Great Outdoors
  4. Film entry – fits any of the above but is a film no longer than 30 seconds

A maximum of three entries per person per category is allowed, and if you want to enter an image in more than one category you can.

Jeff Brown, Somerset County Council’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager, says: “The Quantock Hills provide the setting for thousands of young people on their first Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition.  This two-day, one-night adventure will provide a physical and mental challenge as well as teaching practical life skills; navigation, countryside code, route planning, campcraft, teamwork and leadership.  This competition will allow them to share all their experiences, good and bad, so don’t forget the photos of; sore feet, walking through horizontal rain, the World’s best hot chocolate cooked on a Trangia at the end of day one, or the feeling of pride when you complete your first ever expedition.”

Chris Edwards, Manager for the Quantock Hills AONB Service, says: “So many fantastic amateur photographers are inspired by the Quantock Hills and we regularly see really great photos on Facebook and Flickr so do submit your best Quantock images to this competition and we will showcase them in an exhibition and on social media. We may even use them (accredited of course) in documents we produce – celebrating your impressions of this nationally protected landscape in a more lasting format.”

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 23 February 2018.

See the Quantock Hills AONB website for full rules and details on how to enter. 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 photo or film in their marketing material, displays, leaflets, magazine and newspaper articles (produced by third parties) cards, calendars and other forms of publicity at their discretion. Your photo or film will be credited to you.

PHOTO: Frank Clatworthy’s previous winning entry.

QUANTOCK HILLS AONB AND DUKE OF EDINBURGH PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2017

Following on from the success of last year’s photography competition, the Quantock Hills AONB and Duke of Edinburgh Awards are running the competition again.   The AONB team say, “We love the Quantock Hills and we know you do too, we really what to see the wonderful images and films you have captured whilst on your Quantock adventures. It would be great to get as many entries as possible from all ages, encapsulating what this beautiful landscape means to you. If you need inspiration you can always view last year’s entries on the Quantock Hills AONB Flickr page www.flickr.com/photos/157033168@N08

“This year we are very kindly being supported by Taunton Leisure, who are donating prizes for the winning entries in each category. Also all photographs and films will be exhibited over the Easter holiday at the National Trust’s Fyne Court Music Room.”

There are four categories you can enter your masterpieces into, two extra ones for this year!

  1. Best Landscape Image – must be of the Quantock Hills but can be taken anywhere
  2. Best Expedition Image – must be of a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, ideally on the Quantock Hills
  3. Loving the Great Outdoors – any image that you think fits the category
  4. Film entry – fits any of the above but is a film no longer than 30 seconds

A maximum of three entries per person per category is allowed, and if you want to enter an image in more than one category you can.

Jeff Brown, Somerset County Council’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager, says: “The Quantock Hills provide the setting for thousands of young people on their first Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition.  This 2 day, 1 night adventure will provide a physical and mental challenge as well as teaching practical life skills; navigation, countryside code, route planning, campcraft, teamwork and leadership.  This competition will allow them to share all their experiences, good and bad, so don’t forget the photos of; sore feet, walking through horizontal rain, the World’s best hot chocolate cooked on a Trangia at the end of day 1, or the feeling of pride when you complete your first ever expedition.”

Chris Edwards, Manager, Quantock Hills AONB Service says: “So many fantastic amateur photographers are inspired by the Quantock Hills and we regularly see really great photos on Facebook and Flickr so do submit your best Quantock images to this competition and we will showcase them in an exhibition and on social media. We may even use them (accredited of course) in documents we produce – celebrating your impressions of this nationally protected landscape in a more lasting format.”

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 23rd February 2018.

See the Quantock Hills AONB website for full rules and details on how to enter www.quantockhills.com/news/article/the_quantock_hills_aonb_and_duke_of_edinburghs_award_photography_competitio/

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 photo or film in their marketing material, displays, leaflets, magazine and newspaper articles (produced by third parties) cards, calendars and other forms of publicity at our discretion. Your photo or film will be credited to you.

PHOTO – Previous landscape winner by Frank Clatworthy

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER TO JUDGE SOUTH WEST COAST PATH PHOTO COMPETITION

A fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography who shoots all over the world for National Geographic, Nigel Hicks, has been announced as the official judge for this year’s South West Coast Path photo competition.

Based in South Devon, his latest project is much closer to home, having recently published a stunning collection of work from the region in ‘Wild Southwest’.

Nigel says of the Coast Path: “The huge amount of work I’ve done overseas has taught me just how valuable our South West Coast Path is. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been prevented from accessing coastlines overseas by closed private property, my reaction to which usually varies somewhere between bewilderment and righteous indignation. By contrast, the Coast Path embodies a deeply held democratic principle that everyone, no matter how rich or poor, how famous or obscure, can wander at will along almost every piece of our coast. Not only is the coast itself priceless but so is this principle.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Coast Path is one of the world’s great hiking trails, not just one of the UK’s. Though some sections offer gentle walks, much of the terrain is surprisingly rugged and challenging even for a seasoned hiker, and along practically every yard of its 630-mile trail, dramatic and incredibly beautiful vistas continually unfold. This is one of Britain’s wildest natural frontiers, quite a surprise to many people on such a crowded island.

“Whilst it’s true that the great majority of both visitors to the South West and the region’s residents don’t walk vast stretches of the Coast Path, I’m sure it’s also true that the great majority do walk at least small fragments of it, making the Path quite central to the region’s tourist – and hence its principal – economy, enabling large numbers of people to get close to and enjoy the region’s principal attraction – its coastline.”

The South West Coast Path’s annual photo competition closes on 1 December 2017 and is open to budding photographers of all ages and abilities; prizes include a £250 voucher to spend at Cotswold Outdoor for the overall winner and a place on any of Nigel Hicks’ one-day photography workshops in the South West, plus a signed copy of his book. All calendar winning entries will receive membership of the South West Coast Path Association, a Cicerone guidebook, as well as the chance to grace the official 2018 Coast Path calendar.

For more information about the South West Coast Path Association visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk

Photographing the Exmoor Coast

Here are some of Nigel Hicks’ top tips for taking great photographs on the Exmoor coast:

Exmoor offers some of England’s most dramatic and stunning coastline, so it’s no wonder that everyone wants to get the best possible photos of the landscapes and seascapes. Of course, great photography on Exmoor’s coast follows essentially the same golden photography rules as anywhere else, but there are a few issues specific to this coastline. Paramount among these is the fact that the great majority of Exmoor’s coast faces north, and so for much of the year the cliffs have no sunshine directly on them.

So, with that little conundrum in mind, here are my top tips for Exmoor coastal photography:

  1. Generally speaking, shoot early in the morning or late in the afternoon/evening, times when the sun is low, giving good shadows and bathing the landscape in a golden light. That said, in mid-winter there’s no need to stick rigidly with this rule as you’ll get this kind of light all day long (if there’s any sunlight at all!).
  2. When photographing coastal cliffs try to choose those sections that face east or west (rather than north-facing cliffs) and which, as a result, receive sunlight at least for a few hours of the day. If you’re shooting a west-facing cliff, photograph it in the afternoon/evening. Photograph in the morning if you’re looking at an east-facing cliff.
  3. Keep your compositions simple and containing a single strong subject that dominates (but doesn’t necessarily fill) the image frame. Most people try to cram too many elements into their photos, with the result that they look cluttered and lack any impact. Shoot those scenes that contain a strong subject, make that the main subject of your image frame and then try to compose it in such a way that the rest of the frame is free of clutter and distractions. Easier said than done, but this is the crux of great photography.
  4. When photographing a view in which you have to have some foreground visible, make sure it’s an interesting foreground; not just dull, rough grassland or tangled brown brambles or bracken, which will distract from the final photo. Select your viewpoint carefully so that your foreground contains something interesting, such as an angular rock that points towards your subject further into the frame, or a meandering stream or track, again ‘leading the way’ towards your subject.
  5. If photographing at dawn, dusk or on a very dull day when light levels are low, put the camera on a tripod, and let the camera use a long exposure. It is very hard to hold a camera still enough to get a sharp, high-quality image in these conditions, so don’t even bother trying!

Sticking to these golden rules will help you generate some great photos of Exmoor’s coast, so this coming autumn and winter get out there with the camera and get shooting!

www.nigelhicks.com.

To see some of Nigel’s work, pick up a copy of Wild Southwest, his latest book about the landscapes and wildlife of South West England. It is available through all good bookshops and online at both Amazon and at www.aquaterrapublishing.co.uk.

SOUTH WEST LAKES TRUST AND SOUTH WEST WATER PHOTO COMPETITION

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 fifth year, aims 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 £250 will be awarded to the overall winning photograph, with £100 for each individual category winner. Runner-up prizes will also be up for grabs and a special prize will be awarded to the photo which receives the most public votes.

The ‘Love your Lakes’ photo competition is free to enter and will be judged by Andy Parsons, Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, Alan Hyde, South West Water’s Head of Community Relations, 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.”

Alan Hyde added: “We’re pleased to be supporting South West Lakes Trust’s photo competition again this year. 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.”

To submit your photos visit www.swlakestrust.org.uk/photo-competition

PHOTO by Julia Amies-Green: Wimbleball misty evening in spring.

QUANTOCK HILLS AONB AND DOFE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

The Quantock Hills AONB Service and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in partnership with Splashmaps ran a photo competition to commemorate 2016 being their 60th anniversary year; they were searching for the best outdoor Quantock memories of last year.

Entries were invited for two categories: 1. Best Landscape Image and 2. Best Expedition Image. Over 100 entries of photos and film were received. At the beginning of May, after much deliberating, the winners and runners-up were decided. The winners of each category and the special film winner will receive a special edition 60th Anniversary Splashmap, which is a wearable, washable all-weather map, designed for the real outdoors.

To celebrate the wealth of local talent that this competition has unearthed, a free exhibition of all the entries will run until 4 June at the National Trust’s Fyne Court Music Room, Broomfield, TA5 2EQ and is open daily from 10am to 4pm. Why not go along and see the fantastic collection of images and stay for a wander and a cup of tea too as the café is also open all week.

The hope is for the Quantock Hills AONB and Somerset Duke of Edinburgh to make this an annual competition, so if you are out on your Duke of Edinburgh expeditions over the next few months or just love spending time on the hills, don’t forget your camera! Look out on the website and social media for information in the future or email quantockhills@somerset.gov.uk to be added to the AONB mailing list.

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 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.”

PHOTO: Best Landscape Image Winner by Frank Clatworthy