The 2017 South West Coast Path Photo Competition is now open for entries!
Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter their best pictures of the Coast Path in this annual photo competition. The South West Coast Path is one of the world's greatest walks. The aim of the competition is to showcase its landscape and wildlife by taking beautifully crafted photographs.
This year the selection panel is excited to have Nigel Hicks on board as the official judge. Nigel is a fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography who shoots all over the world for National Geographic.
Based in Teignmouth, South Devon, his latest project is much closer to home, having recently published a stunning collection of work from the region in ‘Wild Southwest’.
Nigel says of the Coast Path: “The huge amount of work I've done overseas has taught me just how valuable our South West Coast Path is. I can't count the number of times I've been prevented from accessing coastlines overseas by closed private property, my reaction to which usually varies somewhere between bewilderment and righteous indignation. By contrast, the Coast Path embodies a deeply held democratic principle that everyone, no matter how rich or poor, how famous or obscure, can wander at will along almost every piece of our coast. Not only is the coast itself priceless but so is this principle.”
“As far as I'm concerned, the Coast Path is one of the world's great hiking trails, not just one of the UK's. Though some sections offer gentle walks, much of the terrain is surprisingly rugged and challenging even for a seasoned hiker, and along practically every yard of its 630-mile trail, dramatic and incredibly beautiful vistas continually unfold. This is one of Britain's wildest natural frontiers, quite a surprise to many people on such a crowded island.”
“Whilst it's true that the great majority of both visitors to the South West and the region's residents don't walk vast stretches of the Coast Path, I'm sure it's also true that the great majority do walk at least small fragments of it, making the Path quite central to the region’s tourist - and hence its principal - economy, enabling large numbers of people to get close to and enjoy the region's principal attraction - its coastline.”
The South West Coast Path’s annual photo competition closes on December 1st 2017 and is open to budding photographers of all ages and abilities; prizes include a £250 voucher to spend at Cotswold Outdoor and a Nikon camera worth £249.99 for the overall winner, along with a place on any of Nigel Hicks’ one-day photography workshops in the South West, plus a singed copy of his book. All calendar winning entries will receive membership of the South West Coast Path Association, a Cicerone guidebook, as well as the chance to grace the official 2019 Coast Path calendar.
The South West Coast Path provides access to 630 miles of coastal scenery from Minehead on the edge of Exmoor to the shores of Poole harbour in Dorset. It offers endless opportunities for the budding landscape photographer to capture beautiful seascapes from the ideal vantage point where the view changes along with the weather and the seasons.
For inspiration, take a look at last year’s winning shots through our flickr gallery below.
Top prizes to be won:
The South West Coast Path’s annual photography competition, which closes on December 1st 2017, is open to budding photographers of all ages and abilities; the top prize package for the overall winner includes a £250 voucher to spend at Cotswold Outdoor, a Nikon camera worth £249.99, a photography workshop with Nigel Hicks and a copy of his book Wild Southwest priced £14.99.
All 12 calendar winning entries will receive:
- Annual membership of the South West Coast Path Association
- Your choice from the wide range of award-winning guidebooks for walking, trekking, climbing and mountaineering, cycle touring and hill and mountain skills, produced by Cicerone press.
- A copy of the 2019 calendar featuring their photo.
We are grateful for the support of our media partners below who are helping to promote the competition in their county magazines and will also announce the winners early next year.
Last years winners - click below to play.
These are the photos that will feature in the 2018 South West Coast Path calendar.