Photography Competition

The 2022 South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year competition will be opening for entries in September!

We are excited to announce that this year's competition will culminate in our first ever exhibition as part of our 50thanniversary celebration in 2023. 

We know that the SWCP is a source of inspiration for so many people in so many ways. This year we have created four categories PLUS a Young Photographer of the Year award to encourage all budding and established photographers to explore how the Path inspires you.

Our theme for the competition this year is 'Inspired by the Coast'. You may want to focus on capturing the beauty of our amazing coastline, the people who make the Coast Path special to you, the incredible wildlife that calls it home, or maybe you're interested in discovering how climate change is impacting our ever-changing coastline through wildfires, coastal erosion, and rising sea levels. 

Competition entries will open in September

Competition entries will open in September so make the most of the summer months and get snapping! We want to see photos that show the beauty and seasonal changes of our coastal landscape. Look at our different photo competition categories - we can’t wait to see what inspires you when you trek the Path and explore. 

South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2021

Christian Coan, a photographer from South-East England was named the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2021 for a beautiful image of Godrevy Lighthouse captured through a natural rock frame with rock pools reflecting the pink hue of dusk in West Cornwall. 

Read an interview with Christian HERE

2022 Competition Categories

My Path 

What does the Path mean to you? Use this category to share images that demonstrate how you personally connect with the Path whether it is for physical health (walking, running), mental health and wellbeing (providing space in a beautiful environment), or simply the Path that takes you to the beach. Or it could be the people you interact with on the Path that makes your experience special? For example, is there someone who makes the best coffee, a museum or gallery you love to visit, or could it be someone you walk with that makes your Coast Path experience that bit more memorable?

Urban and Industrial Heritage

The Coast Path winds through wild and exposed landscapes as well as towns and villages. It also runs through industrial landscapes such as heritage mining sites and military and coastal defences. This category will cover a range of iconic and perhaps forgotten heritage and an opportunity to capture images of the industrial and built environment that has helped to shape the Path. This could be either the waterfront ribbon of cities or the quarries and mines of an industrial past that have left their indelible mark on the landscape. 


By its very nature, the South West Coast Path transects incredibly diverse habitats along our coastal fringe that are full of plant and animal life. It also can provide the perfect vantage point to see life in our seas along the varied geology and natural landscapes it passes through. Connecting with nature on the Path can be incredibly special. Share your photographs of nature in and around the Path.

Climate Change

We live in a changing world. The Coast Path by its very nature is close to the sea where increased storms and sea level rise are causing coastal erosion, sometimes impacting the Path itself. How is climate change affecting the Coast Path and its nature and landscapes? We are looking for images that capture the climate crisis and show the impact it is having on the Coast Path. 

Young Photographer of the Year (under 18)

This is an opportunity to create images through the lens of young eyes! Pictures can be from any category or indeed something that doesn’t fit in any but reflects an inspirational image inspired by young eyes and the Coast Path.

Competition partners 2022

We are thrilled that St Austell Brewery has come on board as the main sponsor for our competition.

Kristian Andrews, Head of Central Marketing, Digital & Design, St Austell Brewery said,

“We’re delighted to have signed up as a corporate supporter of the South West Coast Path, funding the charity’s important work to protect and champion this iconic stretch of coastline. 

Walkers can travel on foot to many of our pubs using just the Coast Path, soaking up some incredible scenery en route, so this feels like a very natural partnership for us. We’re proud to be playing a part in showcasing our beautiful region and all it has to offer walkers and pub-goers as an all-year-round destination.”


South West Coast Photographer of the Year

The overall winner will be selected from one of the categories and will be awarded an incredible weekend stay for 2 at a St Austell Brewery pub located on the Coast Path. Details will be released in September when entries open.

Young Photographer of the Year

To be confirmed.

Judging Panel

We are thrilled to announce that we have welcomed the following to our judging panel:

Alex Fisher, Editor, Coast magazine

Tony Davey, Engagement Officer, The Box

We will announce additional judges later this year.

Why do we run this competition?

This competition helps our charitable work to protect, improve and champion the South West Coast Path corridor for the health of its wildlife, communities and local economies. Your entries help us raise the profile of the Trail and the amazing places which it connects – as well as tell the story of some of the threats to its future. We are so grateful to all our competition participants who get involved to make it a success. 

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Be inspired by previous winners...

2020 Winner - Lee Searle

2020 CCCA Winner - James Loveridge

2019 Winner - Nick Shepherd

2018 Winner - Josef FitzGerald-Patrick