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Enter the 2021/22 South Downs Photo Competition

Enter the 2021/22 South Downs Photo Competition

The South Downs National Park photo competition returns for 2021, with a first prize of £250 on offer to the amateur or professional photographer who best captures this year’s theme of “Nature Makes Me Happy”.

Judges will be looking for uplifting images that capture the beauty of the natural world – whether that be landscape, wildlife, rivers and coastline, woodland, a piece of history, or people enjoying the National Park. The broad theme could also cover those “happy places” in the South Downs that replenish the soul.

The top prize for the adult category will be £250, with a runner-up prize of £150, third prize of £100 and fourth prize of £50.

The youth competition returns this year for budding young photographers – with categories 10 years and under and 11 to 17. There will be a prize of a family pass to Marwell Zoo for the 10 years and under category, while the prize for 11 to 17 category will be a family pass for a Forest Segway outdoor adventure ride at Go Ape.

Award-winning photographers Rachael Talibart, Finn Hopson and Carlotta Luke also return to the judging panel.

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 2021 photo competition and we’ve got a fantastic theme this year that we think will really resonate with people.

“It’s been a challenging 12 months for so many people, but one thing is for sure – nature brings a smile to the face. Those experiences in the natural world, whether it be walking in a beautiful green space, seeing a majestic bird in the sky and going for a jog in the woods, have really inspired people.

“We’ll be looking for images that capture how uplifting the South Downs can be. We’ll also be keen to see if people can depict their ‘happy place’ in a spectacular photograph.”

Photographers can visit www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoying-happy-times-and-helping-nature-to-happily-flourish/ for advice on making the most out of their visit to the National Park.

Entries close on Sunday 31 October.

Download an entry form

To take part, please download an entry form:

All entry forms and images should be emailed to photo@southdowns.gov.uk

Our terms and conditions can be read here.

Good luck everyone!

Here’s a few of last year’s entries to get you inspired:



" The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness. "