2023 Photo Competition Entry Form
The 2023 South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year competition is now open!
Following the success of the 2022 competition that culminated in our first-ever exhibition as part of our 50thanniversary celebration, we are delighted to launch the 2023 annual photography competition.
We know that the SWCP is a source of inspiration for so many people in so many ways. We want to see photos that show the beauty and seasonal changes of our coastal landscape. Look at our different photo competition categories - we can’t wait to see what inspires you when you trek the Path and explore.
2023 Competition Categories
Connections to the coast path and what people experience as they explore the coastal environment are unique and personal to them. We’re looking for images that reflect what makes the Path special to you.
The urban environment is not what the South West Coast Path is famed for, but it’s an important element and often a significant place for rest and recuperation between the more remote sections. Get inspired by the townscapes and cityscapes and celebrate the urban lines of the South West Coast Path.
By its very nature, the South West Coast Path transects incredibly diverse habitats along the coastal margin. It also can provide the perfect vantage point to see life in our seas along the varied geological and natural landscapes it passes through. Share your photographs of nature in and around the Path.
We live in a changing world. Increased storms and rising sea levels are causing coastal erosion and loss of habitat, sometimes impacting the Path itself. How is climate change affecting the Coast Path and its nature and landscapes? We are looking for images that capture the climate crisis and show the impact it is having on the Coast Path.
Drone photography provides a unique perspective of the coastal environment. Panoramic land and seascapes will need to show the photographers eye for detail using colour, texture, and light.
NB Please ensure that all drone photography submitted adheres to CAA guidelines.
Young Photographer of the Year (under 18)
This is an opportunity to create images through the lens of young eyes! Pictures can be from any category or indeed something that doesn’t fit in any but reflects an inspirational image inspired by young eyes and the Coast Path.
*Please note before proceeding that you will need to use a desktop or laptop computer to successfully upload a photograph via the form below, rather than a mobile device.*
Submit your entry to the SWCP POTY
Complete the entry form below to be in with the chance of being named the 'South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2023'. There is no limit to the number of entries, but you will need to complete the form for each individual entry. You must select which category you would like each photo to be entered into. If you are entering the Young Photographer of the Year Award you must be under 18 years of age. *Please note before proceeding that you will need to use a desktop or laptop computer to successfully upload a photograph via the form below, rather than a mobile device.*
Terms & Conditions
The South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2023 competition is organised by the South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA)
- All entries must be submitted using the SWCPA website. Email entries will not be accepted.
- An image will be rejected if, in the opinion of the Competition Committee and/or the official judges, it appears that the image has been taken in such a way that is unlawful.
- Black and White images are acceptable.
- Entries will be accepted from 11:00 am on Monday 29th October 2023 until midnight on Wednesday 31st January 2024. The category winners and the overall winner, as chosen by the Competition Committee and/or official judges, will be announced no later than 29th March 2024.
- For your entry to qualify, your photograph must have been taken on or near the South West Coast Path (within a 2-mile radius). Photographs of the South West Coast Path taken from the sea or air also qualify.
- Entries must have a minimum file size of 2MB and a maximum file size of 23MB.
- Entries must be submitted in JPEG, PNG or TIF format.
- Drone imagery must adhere to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidelines.
- Once entered, images cannot be withdrawn unless the organisers are notified of a permissions problem, in which case if the organisers are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to justify withdrawal, the images will be withdrawn.
- Submission of an entry to the competition automatically constitutes the photographer’s acceptance of all conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions.
- The South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2023 competition is open to anyone except those directly or indirectly involved in the organisation of the competition.
- There is no fee to enter the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2023 competition.
- The competition committee will assess all entries and a shortlist will be submitted to a pre-selected panel of judges for final winner selections following the closing date.
- The decision of the judges is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The Young Photographer of the Year Award is only open to people under 18 years of age.
SWCP Photographer of the Year 2023 Award
Main Prize is yet to be confirmed.
Category Winners will each win a 1 year SWCPA membership.The SWCPA reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
Permissions and Copyright
- By submitting images to the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2023 competition (this includes the Young Photographer of the Year Award), each entrant confirms and warrants that:
- They are the sole author of each entry and that it is their original work;
- They own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image;
- They have the permission of anyone pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required by South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2023 competition and will indemnify the SWCPA against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement;
- They have received any necessary permissions from the owner(s) of objects including buildings included in submitted images for the usage rights required by South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2023 competition and will indemnify the SWCPA against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement.
- By entering the competition, you grant the SWCPA, its sponsors and partners a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose directly connected with the South West Coast Path or the work of the SWCPA.
- The SWCPA will make every reasonable effort to ensure that name credits are given to any photograph published in any medium.
- This may include, but is not limited to: inclusion in The Complete Guide to the South West Coast Path, the SWCPA’s member magazine, the Coast Path Passport, newsletters, marketing materials, display at SWCP POTY 2024 Exhibition - venue TBC; display on a web browser for judging purposes; on the SWCPA’s website and on the websites of sponsors and supporters; on social media used by the SWCPA, its sponsors and partners; for use in releases to be distributed to international, national, regional and specialist press and other media giving information about or promoting the South West Coast Path or SWCPA.
- Images produced for the SWCP POTY Exhibition 2024 may be auctioned at the conclusion of the exhibition to help raise funds for the SWCPA.
- Entrants retain the copyright to images submitted.
- Any personal contact information that you share with the SWCPA via the South West Coast Path Photographer of the Year 2023 competition will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act. We will never share or sell your personal data with third parties.
- The SWCPA retain the right to add any images entered to the competition to the SWCPA Flickr account.
- The winners may be invited to take part in post-awards and exhibition publicity.