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Enter the 2019/20 South Downs Photo Competition

2019-20 Theme: Experience the natural world

Getting active in the National Park is easy and fun! So, as 2019 is the national “Year of Green Action”, our judges are looking for inspiring images that capture the beauty of the National Park – all while being active!

‘Coastguard Cottages at sunrise’ by Zoltan Attila, winner of the People’s Choice in the 2018/19 South Downs National Park photo competition

So whether it’s walking, cycling, horseriding, walking the dog, counting butterflies, bird-watching or having a picnic, we’re looking for images that show people out enjoying this amazing landscape.

Photographs that include people are encouraged, but stunning images taken while people are out enjoying and being active in the National Park are also welcomed.

First prize is £250, second prize is £150 and third prize is £50.

This year the judges are also looking for images capturing the amazing wildlife of the South Downs and the winner will receive £100.

Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, and award-winning photographers Rachael Talibart and Finn Hopson are returning to judge the 2019 competition.

Steve Watkins said: “The standard of images entered into the competition has gone up each year, so I’m excited to see what the photographers produce. It’s a wide theme, so people can focus on their own personal interpretation of and connection to the National Park.

“The key to creating a great image is to put in the extra bit of time and effort to elevate the photograph above being a mere snapshot. It may mean, for example, getting out for a walk earlier or later in the day than you normally would in order to catch the best light, or changing your viewpoint by lying on the ground or climbing a hill to capture the beauty and drama of people horse riding over the South Downs. Small changes such as these can make a big difference to the resulting image.”

Download the  South Downs National Park photo competition entry form

Read the South Downs National Park photo competition terms and conditions

Entries close at 12:00 GMT on Friday 18 October 2019

Need inspiration? See the winning entries of the 2018/19 photo competition