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

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.