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

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