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Can you take an amazing picture of the South Downs?


Stunning views of landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage are being sought as the National Park’s photography competition returns for 2022 with the theme of “Near and Far”.


Judges will be looking for breathtaking images that capture close-up views of the National Park, showcasing the beauty of nature in intricate detail.

Photographers are also invited to snap dramatic expansive views of the landscape that show off the size, scale and majesty of the South Downs landscape, whether it be hills, valleys, sky, rivers, woodlands, towns and villages, or historical buildings.

Photographers may be able to combine both “near and far”, but the scope is broad and all entries will be considered on their merits – and the National Park Authority is hoping for some sensational shots of the South Downs!

First place prize is £250, with a runner-up prize of £150, and third prize of £75.

For the first time, the National Park Authority is also introducing a “best mobile photo” category, encouraging people to get snapping on their smartphones for that awe-inspiring view of the National Park and its wildlife. The winner of this category will receive £75.

The youth competition also returns this year for budding young photographers – with categories 10 years and under and 11 to 17. The prize for 10 years and under will be a den-building kit, while the winner of the 11 to 17 category will win a family pass to a Go Ape Treetop Challenge or a Go Ape Forest Segway Experience.

Award-winning photographers Rachael Talibart, Finn Hopson and Carlotta Luke will be on this year’s judging panel.

Carlotta said: “I’m very excited about this year’s theme of near and far. This theme gives so much scope for beautiful images that capture the intimate details and the wide open vistas of the National Park. I hope it will inspire people to look both closely and broadly at our inspiring South Downs. I can’t wait to see what the young budding photographers send us in the youth categories. I am also really pleased that we now have a mobile phone category. Now there are no excuses not to send in your photos!”

Rachael said: “‘I am looking forward to seeing lots of wonderful photos from this very special part of the world. I hope people will take the opportunity to show us not only the big vistas but also the little details that together make the National Park such a rewarding place to visit or live.’

Entries close at midnight on Monday 31 October. Find out more and download the entry form at www.southdowns.gov.uk/care-for/photocompetition2022

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