Photo competition

South West Coast Path

Photographer of the Year 2020                                                              

Closed for judging


Now in its 10th year, the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year competition is back! And as always, we’re super excited to see the incredible shots you’ve taken of the Trail. It’s been a challenging year for us all, but one good thing to come out of these truly unprecedented times is a revival of our love for nature. That’s why this year we’ve decided to provide a title theme to inspire your entries. 

2020 Competition Theme: Time for Nature

As Britain’s longest National Trail, the 630-mile South West Coast Path wraps its way around the entire south west region, spanning four counties. It creates a natural corridor for walkers and wildlife alike, so that we can pass through magnificent landscapes and connect to the natural world around us. Something we all now recognise the importance of.

With this in mind, we want you to share photos that encapsulate this feeling. That celebrate nature at its best and show the unique connection we have with the great outdoors. From craggy rocks and rolling hills to sultry sunsets and crashing waves, mother nature provides a bounty of subject material – all you need to do is get out there with your camera.

The Prize



Photos by Nick Pumphrey and Jack Johns. Courtesty of Finisterre.

Along with earning the coveted title of South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2020, our winner will get their hands on a brilliant prize. This year we have teamed up with the folks at Finisterre to offer a grand prize of £500 worth of quality outdoor kit. As a B-Corp company prioritising the environment, Finisterre create sustainable clothing which withstands even the wettest of days out on the South West Coast Path. Click here to read a recent blog post from them supporting our work to protect the Path.  

"The coastal path has long provided us access to the cold and uncrowded waves and our ocean playground. Where Land meets Sea, it’s where our adventures often begin." - Finisterre -


We've enlisted the help of three amazing photographers this year. Quintin Lake, Clare James and Ben McConnon lend a hand to help us find a winner.

Our judging panel


Find out more about each of our judges, what the Coast Path means to them and what they’ll be looking for. They’ve also given us some top tips to help you get that perfect shot.

Focussing in on climate change



L- Top left clockwise: Storm by Lloyd WA Cosway, No Planet B by Li-An Lim, Cliff fall at Loe Bar by National Trust and Cliff Fall by James Loveridge. 

To support our mission to raise awareness about the damaging effects of climate change on the Trail through our Every Mile Matters campaign, we have a unique addition to this year’s competition. With the help of our friends at Fotonow, a social enterprise based in Plymouth, we will be selecting one photographer to receive our Climate Crisis Capture Award. This will be awarded to the person who submits the photo which best communicates an issue relating to climate change on the SWCP such as coastal erosion, pollution, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, loss of habits or extreme weather. The winner of this Award will receive a prize pack from the South West Coast Path Association worth £50, including an Every Mile Matters campaign t-shirt and a year’s membership of the charity. To be considered for the Climate Crisis Capture Award, simply check the box on entry. 

Key dates

Open for entries - Monday 2nd November 2020

Closed for judging - Sunday 21st February 2021 (midnight)

Winner announced - w/c 22nd March 2021

Win £500 of Finisterre gear

Photos by Jack Johns. Courtesy of Finisterre. 

Last year's winnner

SWCP Photographer of the Year 2019 - Nick Shepherd

Click here to read the judges comments and about how Nick captured this amazing shot of a blizzard between Slapton and Blackpool Sands in South Devon. 

Other shortlisted entries

2019 Runner up - Ian Lewis with 'Stormy at Gwithian, Cornwall'

2019 Runner Up - Holly Auchincloss with 'Long exposure of evening light at the Crown mines'

Our first ever winner

2010 Winner - Chris Parker with 'Christmas Eve at Saunton Sands, Devon'

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the compeition, please contact us at [email protected]