Competition judging


We’ve enlisted the help of a renowned ocean photographer to judge this year's SWCP Photographer of the Year competition. This is an unique opportunity to get her feedback on your work!


"We are blessed, in the UK, with a wonderful coast and the South West has to be one of the most spectacular and varied stretches. I am looking forward to seeing lots of wonderful photos of this very special part of the world."

- Rachael Talibart


Rachael Talibart is a professional seascape and coastal photographer. Her critically acclaimed photographs of the ocean and coast have been featured in the press all over the world. Rachael is represented by galleries in Europe and the USA, her work is frequently exhibited and her limited edition prints are collected internationally. She is the author of three monographs and she writes for photography magazines.

Rachael grew up on the south coast of England and much of Rachael’s early childhood was spent at sea. This has left her with a life-long fascination for the ocean and the coast it carves. Rachael travels widely for her photographs but retains a special fondness for the South of England and many of her images are created there. For Rachael, nothing beats a day on an empty shore, and this is reflected in her work.

Rachael owns f11 Workshops, providing location and online photography training and she leads international photography tours for Ocean Capture. An experienced teacher and lecturer, Rachael is particularly interested in the creative aspects of photography.

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Examples of Rachael's work:

Elemental by Rachael Talibart

 Behemoth by Rachael Talibart


Lost World and Clearing Fog by Rachael Talibart

"One of the best outdoor photographers working in the UK today"

- Outdoor Photography Magazine, June 2016

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