A great day out Beside the Sea in Branscombe wins the South West Coast Path photography competition

A black and white photograph taken on Branscombe beach by local amateur photographer Paul Steven, has been chosen as the winner of a South West Coast Path photography competition capturing people enjoying a great day out ‘Beside the Sea’.

Hundreds of entries were received in the month-long competition and the shortlist can be seen in a Pinterest gallery. The judge, Marcus Brown, an award-winning amateur photographer from sponsors South West Water, had a tough job.

Marcus said:

“There are some fantastic pictures covering a wide range of categories which made for deciding a winner quite tricky.

“I chose this photo because it’s composed well, has a good exposure, is crisp and has good contrast throughout the scale but above all it represented the theme of the competition.

“I love that the mood of the photo is enhanced with the use of black and white and overall, it’s something we can all relate to since every person who has ever set foot on a beach has had a race up the beach from the waves!”

Paul, from Wellington in Somerset, says:

“I regularly visit Branscombe and the surrounding coastline with my family and the sea was really wild on this occasion. We were walking along the beach and I decided to attempt to capture the waves crashing against the shore. I am really pleased with this photo and I feel it captured our day out beside the sea perfectly.”

Paul receives an ipad mini 2 courtesy of South West Water, the lead supporter of the South West Coast Path which has invested millions in improving the region’s bathing waters in recent years.

Millions of people from all walks of life flock to the coastline in the South West every year to enjoy its spectacular coastline and one of the best ways to explore it is on foot with a walk along the South West Coast Path.

For more information about the South West Coast Path Association visit 

Published on: June 28, 2016