Capture the coast for annual photography competition

The prestigious annual South West Coast Path Photographic Competition is once again calling for entries from budding landscape photographers for the chance to be featured in the 2017 official calendar among a host of other great prizes.

This year’s top prize is a luxury stay at the Thurlestone Hotel in South Devon, which provides immediate access to some of the most stunning coastal scenery to be found anywhere along the South West Coast Path.

Last year’s winner was keen amateur photographer, Brian Howe, for his picture of Chapman’s Pool in Dorset, which now graces the front cover of the 2016 South West Coast Path Calendar.

Top professional photographer David Noton will join the judges panel, which includes the South West Coast Path National Trail Officer Mark Owen and the publisher of Salmon Calendars, Charles Salmon. A former Wildlife Photographer of the Year with a string of accolades to his name, David Noton says of judging the competition:

“The quality of photography in this competition reveals just how lucky we are to have such a jewel as the South West Coast Path on our doorstep. I never tire of walking the Coast Path which I find endlessly photographically inspiring.”

“Without a doubt some of my most treasured images have been created on this coast, each associated with the memorable experience of being there when the light and nature’s elements combine in a moment of profound uplifting beauty. To be asked to judge the South West Coast Path Photographic Competition is a real honour. I can’t wait to see this year’s entries.”

Amateur and professional photographers, of all ages, are encouraged to enter their best pictures of the Coast Path in this annual photographic competition, which closes on December 1st.

For inspiration, read Davids’s top tips to taking great photographs while out walking the South West Coast Path at Pictured above: The Coast Path on Exmoor, looking towards Great Hangman by David Noton.

This year's twelve top photos will feature in the 2017 South West Coast Path calendar, with the South West Coast Path Team's choice on the front cover. Each copy sold will raise a minimum of 25p for the South West Coast Path Association for path improvements 

The 2016 calendar featuring last year's winners is now on sale from the South West Coast Path Association Shop and lots of other outlets. You can also see all 12 images from the calendar that have been printed onto canvas and are currently on show at Lynmouth Pavilion on Exmoor until the end of year. All canvas prints will be sold off via a silent auction.

Full terms and conditions and details about how to enter are available at

The prizes:

1st prize: Thanks to the generosity of The Thurlestone Hotel, the winning photographer wins the following:

Two nights bed and breakfast for two, including a ‘walker’s special’ – mini foot treatment and glass of bubbly.

They will also receive the collection of runner-up prizes. 

PLUS - Thanks to the generosity of David Noton, the winner also receives a £100 voucher towards products from his website shop 

2nd prize: The photographer of the 2nd prize (South West Coast Path team's Favourite Photo) wins a luxury one night stay at The Mullion Cove Hotel on the Lizard in Cornwall with dinner bed and breakfast.

Runner-up prizes: The photographers whose pictures are chosen for the oher 10 months of the 2017 calendar will win:

  • 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 2017 calendar featuring their photo.


Published on: Nov. 10, 2015