Capture the coast for annual photography competition

24th November 2015

The prestigious annual South West Coast Path Photographic Competition is once again calling for entries from budding landscape photographers for the chance to be featured in the 2017 official calendar among a host of other great prizes.

This year’s top prize is a luxury stay at the Thurlestone Hotel in South Devon, which provides immediate access to some of the most stunning coastal scenery to be found anywhere along the South West Coast Path.

Last year’s winner was keen amateur photographer, Brian Howe, for his picture of Chapman’s Pool in Dorset, which now graces the front page of the 2016 South West Coast Path Calendar.

Top professional photographer David Noton will join the judges panel, which includes the South West Coast Path National Trail Officer Mark Owen and the publisher of Salmon Calendars, Charles Salmon. A former Wildlife Photographer of the Year with a string of accolades to his name, David Noton says of judging the competition:

“The quality of photography in this competition reveals just how lucky we are to have such a jewel as the South West Coast Path on our doorstep. I never tire of walking the Coast Path which I find endlessly photographically inspiring.”

“Without a doubt some of my most treasured images have been created on this coast, each associated with the memorable experience of being there when the light and nature’s elements combine in a moment of profound uplifting beauty. To be asked to judge the South West Coast Path Photographic Competition is a real honour. I can’t wait to see this year’s entries.”

Amateur and professional photographers, of all ages, are encouraged to enter their best pictures of the Coast Path in this annual photographic competition, which closes on December 1st.

This year's twelve top photos will feature in the 2017 South West Coast Path calendar, with the 1st prize winner on the front page. Each copy sold will raise a minimum of 25p for the South West Coast Path Association for path improvements.

The 2016 calendar featuring last year's winners is now on sale from the South West Coast Path Association Shop and lots of other outlets.

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Last Year's winning photo. - Overlooking Chapman's Pool - Brian Howe