The South West Coast Path launches Motographer of the Year 2013 competition

The South West Coast Path team is encouraging budding mobile phone photographers of all ages to capture a moment in time on the Coast Path as part of its Motographer of the Year 2103 competition. It could be a shot of a couple resting a while to admire the view or a child collecting seashells – the only rule is that it is taken on a mobile phone and includes a person out on any stretch of the 630-mile South West Coast Path.

Among the judges is the award-winning travel and landscape photographer David Noton, who runs photography workshops on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, and award leader of BA Photography at Falmouth University, Deborah Baker, who has worked with artists including Mary Ellen Mark and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Says David Noton, whose work has long taken inspiration from the South West Coast Path: “The joy of being on the South West Coast Path can be enhanced with photography. The very process of trying to capture the experience to share with friends and family makes us look at what’s all around us on the cliff tops, headlands and in the coves with an analytical eye, noticing details and tricks of the light that maybe we wouldn’t without the stimulus of photography. A good picture is the product of a perceptive eye, so this competition is a great opportunity for anyone with a camera phone to get creative and share their unique vision of people experiencing the pleasures of the outdoor life on the South West Coast Path with the rest of the world.”

Deborah Baker adds:  “I am very supportive of this competition as mobile phone imagery contributes to all genres of the medium with incredible ease of use and remarkable technical quality. On our photography courses we feel that it is important to encourage a diversity of photographic practices. This is a wonderful opportunity for all to create stunning imagery in a location that's hard to beat anywhere in the world.”

Photo caption: Durdle Door by Katharine Davies, taken on an iPhone.For some top tips to taking great mobile phone pictures, read these do's and don't's compiled by modern day motographer Katherine Davies.