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Last chance to win £250 in our photo competition

The South Downs National Park photo competition has a first prize of £250 on offer to the amateur or professional photographer who best captures this year’s theme of ‘Perfectly Seasoned’. But hurry, entries close on 19 September 2018.

We asked our judges: Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography magazine; and award-winning photographers Rachael Talibart and Finn Hopson, what they’re looking for in a winning entry.

Steve Watkins, competition judge and editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, said:

“The South Downs National Park has a distinctly different feel in each of the four seasons, so I will be on the lookout for images that manage to capture those unique characteristics in a way that connects instantly with the emotions those changing scenes generate in me as I wander, ride and travel through the park.”

Finn Hopson, competition judge, photographer, and owner of the Brighton Photography Gallery, said:

“I’m hoping to see photographs that reflect the amazing diversity of weather, wildlife and work that goes on throughout the National Park during the year. Given the extremes of temperatures we’ve seen over the last 12 months in particular it will be interesting to see what has captured the imagination of photographers this year.”

Rachael Talibart, competition judge and winner of awards including Black and White Photographer of the Year 2018, said:

“I’ll be looking for imaginative and creative interpretations of the theme that highlight the many aspects of our beautiful National Park.”

A second prize of £150 and a third prize of £50 are also on offer. For the past three years the standard has been so high that the judges have opened up the shortlist for a ‘people’s choice’ vote – won by Tom Hard in 2017.

Entries close on Friday 19 October. Find out more and download the entry form at

Need inspiration? See the gallery of last year’s winners at