Photography Competition


The winner of the South West’s most exciting photography competition has been announced!

Christian Coan, a photographer from South-East England has been 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. 

Christian Coan recounts how he captured the shot, “I have visited Godrevy every year for the last 18 years, and I had several areas I knew I wanted to explore with the camera. Having checked the tide times and the weather and arriving on location pre blue hour, I had plenty of time to wander the beach to find the best position. The composition for the winning photograph, in all honesty, was a lucky spot. The little rock pool leading to the lighthouse was tucked away in a network of paths carved by the incoming tides and happened to catch my eye as I wandered through them. The conditions were perfect with a pinkish hue lighting the sky and reflecting in the rock pool below.”

Read an interview with Christian HERE


Rachael Talibart was our judge for 2021. Rachael is a professional seascape and coastal photographer. Her critically acclaimed photographs of the ocean and coast have been shown in galleries all over the world. Rachael had the following to say of the winning image,

"This was actually a very easy choice - it is clearly the most interesting and well handled photograph. It fits the brief of finding a 'different viewpoint’. Technically, the photo is well-achieved, and the processing is carefully handled so that it doesn’t detract from the impression of the image overall. This image rewards a lingering gaze - the composition draws my eyes to Godrevy lighthouse in the distance but then, after appreciating that, my eyes can get lost in all the wonderful detail of the rocks and pool in the foreground."

Competition partners 2021

BAM - Bamboo Clothing are partnering with us this year. Their team said:

“A fantastic choice of winner, huge congratulations to Christian. This photo opens a window to Cornwall and all its beauty. From the landscape of the lighthouse, the water and its reflection as well as the astonishing texture within the rocks this photo offers so much to look at and appreciate.”


Climate Crisis Capture Award

For the second year in a row, we presented a special Climate Crisis Capture Award for the photo that best communicated important issues that are threatening the Coast Path such as; coastal erosion, pollution, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, loss of habitats and extreme weather. And for the second year in a row, Dorset-based photographer James Loveridge won for his image of the biggest rockfall to have been recorded on the Jurassic Coast in 60 years.

 Matthew Pontin, Creative Director of Fotonow who judged the Award said,

A huge congratulations to James, especially in winning the award in two consecutive years. The photograph highlights an approach to photography in telling the story of how the landscape is being altered by climate change. An image that is not only a technically very accomplished image but highlights how the force of nature, with sea levels rising and storms being more destructive, can take a bite out of the land and footpaths we know and love. Well done James! Keep making images and good luck to anyone wanting to take your award from you next year, the bar has been set.”

Read an interview with James HERE.

The South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year competition will be back later this year, please check back for updates about when it will open for entries. 


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