Photography Competition


The South West’s most exciting photography competition is back

It is time to pick up your camera, head out to the National Trail, and get snapping! You can find lots of great circular and linear walks to inspire you by using our Walk Finder (click the magnifying glass in the top navigation) or dive into your photo archives to find your entry – perhaps you captured something amazing during your summer holiday to the South West? The competition is open to anyone and everyone who has taken a photograph from or near the South West Coast Path and you can enter as many times as you like. We can’t wait to see your entries, good luck!


Key dates

  • Opening date: Thursday 30th September 2021
  • Closing date: Monday 31st January 2022
  • Judging: February 2022
  • Winners announced: March 2022
  • Winner's prize adventure: April 2022


Grand Prize

Fellow adventure-loving Plymothians BAM - Bamboo Clothing are our competition sponsors for 2021. They have generously put together the following prize package for the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2021:

  • £250 worth of adventure-friendly Bamboo Clothing kit
  • A four day kayaking adventure along the Jurassic Coast with Canoe Trail for you and a friend worth over £800




We are so excited and grateful to welcome the exceptionally talented Rachael Talibart as 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 and now she will be judging your photos of the South West Coast Path – do her proud! Read Rachaels Top Tips for photographing the UK's coastline and find out more about Rachael and what she is looking for in a winning entry here


Main Theme: Exploration

The South West Coast Path is a Trail that invites us to keep exploring, to discover what lies over each enigmatic clifftop. Walkers and runners often tell us that it was only when they started following the iconic National Trail acorn beyond their immediate neighbourhood, that they realised the true majesty of our region’s land and seascapes. This notion of ‘exploring further’ has taken on new importance since the South West has become so abuzz with happy staycationers over the past two summers, and many of the so-called ‘honeypot’ sites have become crowded at times. Those craving solitude, space or simply a different viewpoint have adventured further and been richly rewarded.

These are the places and moments that we want to see celebrated in this year’s entries. Show us what ‘Exploration’ means to you and where have you discovered beyond the well-known beauty spots, so we can inspire others to adventure further too.

Climate Change Capture Award

We are once again running our Climate Change Capture Award (CCCA). When submitting your entry to the main competition, you can also choose to put forward the photo for consideration in this category. The award is presented to the photographer who best communicates environmental threats to the Coast Path such as coastal erosion (like in this brilliant shot by James Loveridge), pollution, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity and extreme weather. The CCCA is kindly judged by Plymouth-based social enterprise Fotonow and the prize is a package of SWCP merchandise to the value of £50 from our shop.


Entering your photo

Simply click the button below to complete the competition entry form and upload your entry. You can enter as many times as you like, but make sure you do so on a laptop or computer, rather than a mobile device or tablet as the form will not load properly. Good luck!


Staying up to date

Check back to this page for competition updates or sign up to our newsletter for the latest straight to your inbox. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram where we’ll announce the winners. If you have any questions about the competition in the meantime, please contact us at [email protected].

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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Competition partners 2021

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

Bamboo Clothing are honoured to be a part of the SWCP Photographer of the Year. This is a brilliant opportunity for individuals to find adventure, discover epic scenes as well as get outdoors to capture the beauty that is our home and our planet. BAM was born in the South West and finds inspiration in our products from the exceptional settings surrounding us. Raising awareness of the importance of looking after our natural landscapes is why BAM are so thrilled to be a part of this campaign.


Be inspired by previous winners...

2020 Winner - Lee Searle

2020 CCCA Winner - James Loveridge

2019 Winner - Nick Shepherd

2018 Winner - Josef FitzGerald-Patrick