Competition winners become 'seasoned' photographers

Published Friday 13 February 2009

The third annual New Forest photography competition, jointly organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission, proved the most difficult to judge yet.

The theme, ‘Seasonal Snaps’, allowed budding photographers unlimited scope for exploring the Forest during its changing seasons. Entrants had the opportunity of submitting up to four images that they felt best represented the New Forest during spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Martin O’Neill, Director of Information and Visitor Services for the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The quality of this year’s images was excellent and choosing the winners was a difficult task. The subjects chosen showed a real understanding of the National Park’s special qualities.’

Libby Holmes, Communications and Community Manager for the Forestry Commission, said: ‘We had such an overwhelming response this year that we will definitely be running a photographic competition again in 2009, so look out for details.’

Winners won vouchers for photographic goods worth £100, £75 and £50 for first, second and third prizes in two age categories and a special award was made for an outstanding single photograph. Winning pictures and highly commended entries will be displayed at the New Forest Centre from Saturday 14 February to 15 March 2009.

For more details about opening times at the New Forest Centre visit www.newforestcentre.org.uk

Notes to Photo Editor:

Attached is one of the winning entries from Hayley Muir entitled ‘Springtime Snow’.

Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

Libby Holmes, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission

Email: libby.holmes@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Winning picture

Springtime snow, winning picutre

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