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South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year Exhibition

SOUTH WEST COAST PATH PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

Paddington Station, London – FREE ENTRY

3 - 30th July 2024

L-R above: ‘Old Harry’s’ by Robert Beasley; ‘An aerial view over Lyme Regis Cobb during Storm Ciaran’ by James Loveridge - South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year; plus ‘Trail Lights of Sidmouth’ by Alex Walton; just some of the winners that will be on show at Paddington Station from 3-30 July 2024.

The Trail Goes to London!

As the summer season approaches and thoughts turn to days spent by the sea, what better time to celebrate one of the UK’s most spectacular sections of coastline? Taking place at London’s Paddington Station (Platforms 8 & 9) from 3 - 30 July, the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year Exhibition offers visitors the chance to view all the winning images from this popular photography competition… and more.  

Highlighting the diversity, beauty, wildlife, heritage and seasonality of the coastal environment, both on and around the South West Coast Path - 630 miles of stunning coastline spanning four counties, from Minehead to Poole - the exhibition will also include images that illustrate all too clearly the impact of climate change on and around England’s longest National Trail.

Organised by the South West Coast Path Association, the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 12th year, although this is the first time that a public exhibition has been held for it in the capital, thanks to headline sponsors, Great Western Railway (GWR) along with the support of Network Rail. Choosing an overall winner from the 1,500 entries was a challenging task for the judges, who awarded the coveted title to James Loveridge for his striking photograph entitled ‘An aerial view over Lyme Regis Cobb during Storm Ciaran’ (shown far left, above), which impressed the panel both with its beauty and its messages. 

Says Jessica Lennan, Judge and Lecturer in Photography at the University of Plymouth:

 “The winning photograph clearly shows the force of nature, with the Cobb being blanketed by the white, churning sea. In contrast, dark and heavy clouds pass by, allowing only little light to come through, and reminding us of looming danger ahead. The South West Coast Path is unique but also vulnerable, especially to extreme weather conditions, which we have particularly experienced in the past 12 months. This image is an excellent example of how powerful photography can be in letting us stop in our tracks and raising awareness for what is happening now.”

Helen Scholes, Marketing Manager at Great Western Railway, added:
 “When our customers travel with GWR for their summer getaways, they are making a more sustainable choice. We are proud to not only sponsor this exhibition but also play a part in helping preserve the wonderful landscapes shown in these winning photographs.”

Julian Gray, Director, South West Coast Path Association, says:
“This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the South West Coast Path, one of the world’s great trails, at the iconic Paddington railway station – a key gateway to the South West.”

Visitors to the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Paddington Station will be able to view James’ winning image, as well as see beautiful photographs from the winners and runners-up in the following competition categories:

Your Path:  Reflecting personal and unique connections to the coast path.

Urban Lines: Showcasing the towns and cities that punctuate the South West coastline.

Nature: Exploring the diverse habitats and wildlife on the coastal margin.

Climate Change: Highlighting the impact of increased storms and rising sea levels on the Trail.

Sky Shot: Capturing a bird’s eye perspective of the coastal environment.

Young Photographer of the Year (under 18): Emerging photographers showcase their talent through the lens of young eyes.

There will also be a free-to-enter competition at the stand to win a framed print of a photograph of your choice from the selection on display, as well as plenty of information about visiting the South West Coast Path, and the work of the South West Coast Path Association and its partners to protect and preserve this beautiful natural treasure for all. Visitors can also make an on-the-spot donation to the charity using QR codes displayed on each of the exhibition panels, should they so wish.

After its stint at Paddington Station ends on 30 July, the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year Exhibition will head west to Plymouth, where the South West Coast Path Association is based.

For more information about the South West Coast Path and the Photographer of the Year exhibition, including high-res images and interviews, please contact Aletha Mays (Head of Communications) at the South West Coast Path Association on [email protected] or tel: 07915 074076.

Find out more about the environmental threats faced by the South West Coast Path and the South West Coast Path Association’s work to address them on the 2024 Every Mile Matters campaign page here.

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Published on: June 18, 2024