The South Downs National Park photo competition is now open, with the first prize of £250 on offer to the amateur or professional photographer who best captures this year’s theme of ‘My tranquil haven’.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the National Park, the photo competition is also being extended this year to include a youth category for budding young photographers.
For the main adult category, judges will be looking for images that showcase the tranquil beauty of the South Downs – whether that be a stunning landscape, woodland, or piece of history. Those capturing images of the National Park should adhere to the government guidance of social distancing and avoiding busy hotspots.
The top prize for the adult category will be £250, with a runner-up prize of £150 and third prize of £50.
There will also be a wildlife sub-category, with judges looking for images capturing the amazing wildlife of the South Downs and the winner in the adult category will receive £100.
Meanwhile, there will be two further categories for budding young photographers – 10 years and under and 11 to 17. There will be a winner for the main theme of ‘My Tranquil Haven’, as well as best wildlife image, and the winner of each of these categories will receive a Colombia outdoors rucksack and a Colombia beanie.
Award-winning photographers Rachael Talibart and Finn Hopson are returning once again to judge the 2020 competition and the panel welcomes acclaimed Lewes-based photographer Carlotta Luke.
Nick Heasman, Countryside and Policy Manager at the South Downs National Park, who chairs the judging panel, said: “We’re excited to be able to launch our 2020 photo competition and it comes at a time when many people will be venturing into the outdoors for the first time to discover all the joys of spring and summer.
“Our priority is that people stay safe while taking photographs so please do follow the government guidelines of strict social distancing, avoiding busy hotspots and respecting local communities and farmers.
“The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be an extremely challenging time for everyone. During these difficult times, our wonderful National Park remains a tranquil haven, with the power to uplift people with the sight of a stunning vista, a beautiful bird or a shimmering dew pond.
“Photography has the ability to bring joy to all ages and we’re looking forward to seeing images that really brighten people’s days.”
Nick added: “This year’s competition is dedicated to the memory of our long-standing judge Steve Watkins, who sadly passed away last year. We know he was passionate about helping young people get into photography and that’s why we wanted to add a youth category this year.”
Rachael Talibart said: “I’m looking forward to judging the competition again this year. I love the South Downs National Park – it’s where I grew up and where I do most of my work now. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful photos celebrating this very special place that means so much to me.”
Those wishing to go out and take photographs should visit the National Park’s website page at www.southdowns.gov.uk/national-park-authority/our-work/coronavirus-covid-19-update/ for advice on how to stay safe. Please be aware that the Government guidance is being regularly reviewed and our advice may change.
Entries close on Friday 23 October. Find out more and download the entry form at www.southdowns.gov.uk/enter-the-south-downs-photo-competition/