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 quantockhills@somerset.gov.uk  

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