South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year Exhibition

SOUTH WEST COAST PATH PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

PLATFORM 8 & 9, PADDINGTON STATION, LONDON

3 – 30 JULY 2024

You can view all the winning images plus more at the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Paddington Station, London. The exhibition will highlight the diversity, beauty, wildlife, heritage, and seasonality of the coastal environment, on and around the South West Coast Path. It will also include images that show the impact of climate change on and around the Coast Path.

Photo: An aerial view over Lyme Regis Cobb during Storm Ciaran
By James Loveridge - South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year

“The winning photograph impresses both in its beauty and in it its message. It 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.”

Jessica Lennan, SWCP POTY 2023 Judge and Lecturer in Photography at the University of Plymouth

2023 Competition Category Winners displayed as part of the 2024 Exhibition

Nature 

Gannet View, Storm Isha, West Cornwall
Photographer: Jennifer Rogers

"The eye focuses well on the gannet with it being highlighted between the power of the rocks. This image makes you sense with all your being the power of the sea and the vulnerability of our wildlife."

Urban Lines

Trail Lights of Sidmouth 
Photographer: Alex Walton 

“This photo demonstrates a clever use of lines in its composition. The street winding alongside the beach serves as a prominent leading line, accentuated by the light trails of passing cars as well as the dotted streetlights."

 

Your Path 

Milky Way over Gwennap Head, shot at moonset
Photographer: Jennifer Rogers

“This photo offers a distinctive view of the West Cornwall path and coastline. Captured during moonrise, the coast remains visible under a gentle glow from a nearby shelter."

Climate Change

Blue hour over a flooded Porlock Marsh, Somerset
Photographer: Gary Holpin

“This photo captures the impact of climate change in straightforward yet impactful ways. The image of a dead tree surrounded by water vividly portrays the threat of rising sea levels to the South West Coast Path and the surrounding land. Its simplicity in composition and effective use of colour make it stand out.”

Sky Shot

Old Harry's
Photographer: Robert Beasley

“A beautifully composed and executed image with a strength of both colour and composition. The time of day taken has ensured good modelling on the topography but there is a unquantifiable sense of space and remote sensing of the coast path. 

Young Photographer of the Year (under 18)

Ayrmer Cove, South Devon
Photographer: William Curzon, aged 15 years 

“A strong image where the use of black and white adds to the overall feel. Strong composition with a darkened sky helping to contain the image within the borders well. Dynamic lines leading the eye inwards to a sea that is given drama and movement with the use of time exposure."

With thanks to headline sponsors Great Western Railway for their support and making the exhibition possible.

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