Internationally renowned seascape photographer to judge SWCP Photographer of the Year

Critically acclaimed seascape photographer Rachael Talibart has been announced as the judge of photography competition ‘The South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2021’ run by the South West Coast Path Association.

Talibart’s award-winning photographs of the ocean and coast have been featured in galleries all over the world, but she retains a special fondness for the South of England, and many of her images are created here. Rachael grew up on the south coast and much of her early childhood was spent at sea. This has left her with a life-long fascination for the ocean and the coast it carves.

Rachael says "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."

The competition is open to anyone and everyone who has taken a photograph from or near the South West Coast Path National Trail, and people can enter as many times as they like. This is an unique opportunity for budding photographers to have their work judged by a world-class photographer, as well as being in with a chance of taking home the Grand Prize provided by ethical fashion retailers ‘BAM’ - £250 worth of adventure-ready Bamboo Clothing and a four-day sea kayaking experience around the iconic Jurassic Coast.

The South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year is an annual competition, now in its 11th year. The main theme for 2021 is ‘Exploration’ and there is a special additional category, the Climate Change Capture Award, presented to the photographer who best communicates the environmental threats to the Coast Path such as coastal erosion, pollution, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity and extreme weather.

The competition helps the charitable work of the South West Coast Path Association - protecting, improving and championing the National Trail corridor for the health of its wildlife, communities and the local economy. Entries help 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.

The competition opens for entries on 30th September 2021 and closes on 31st January 2022.

Find out more about the competition and enter your photograph at

Published on: Oct. 5, 2021