New Forest’s natural beauty captured in Seasonal Snaps competition

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Published Wednesday 27 November 2013

Photos of sunbeams flickering through the trees, donkeys standing in line at an ice cream van and a dog with a beaming smile are the winners of the National Park Authority’s photography competition.

More than 200 entries were sent via Twitter for the Seasonal Snaps competition, highlighting the natural beauty of the National Park, its stunning landscapes and its furry residents.

The competition ran for three weeks during November and was open to all, with photos taken using high-tech cameras or everyday camera phones. Entrants had to tweet @newforestnpa with a photo, a caption and the hashtag #seasonalsnaps.

A panel of judges made up of National Park Authority staff had a tough task in choosing three winners who captured an autumn or winter scene in the forest. Credit was given for picture composition, humour or personal significance.

First place went to Zoe Sprake, known as @zoe475 on Twitter, for her photo of her smiling dog Winston with the caption 'Bad day? A walk in the new forest will always put a smile on your face!'

The judges said: ‘Zoe’s photo made us smile every time we looked at it. There’s such joy on the dog’s face as they go for a walk across the Forest’s open heathland. There’s clearly a very personal connection between Zoe, the dog and the landscape.’

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In second place was a quirky photo from cottage let company New Forest Living, or @NewForestLiving on Twitter. It showed two curious donkeys standing in line at an ice cream van with the caption 'Never too cold for a 99! Please form an orderly queue!'

The judges said: ‘We loved the humour of the photo and the caption. Although you should never give ice cream to animals, we liked how the photo showed how curious and friendly the donkeys were.’

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In third place was the landscape photo of 'Sunbeams at Bolderford Bridge' by The Rev Dr Caroline Wilkins, or @RevdCaroline on Twitter.

The judges said: ‘Rev Caroline entered a number of good landscape photos, which highlight the Forest’s autumn colours. We choose "Sunbeams at Bolderford Bridge" because of its composition and it magical almost ethereal quality.’

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As well as earning praise from the judges, the winners also won one of three incredible prizes, kindly donated by local businesses:

  • A three-course lunch for two people at the five star Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton (
  • Beaulieu River kayak trip for two people courtesy of New Forest Activities, Beaulieu ( To be redeemed before Easter 2014.

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We were thrilled with the high number and quality of the photos, and it’s clear a lot of people have been having fun. It was very difficult to choose the winners, as the standard was so high. We’re very grateful to Chewton Glen Hotel, Hire a Twizy and New Forest Activities for generously donating their prizes which were such an incentive. Seasonal Snaps was such a success that we’re hoping to repeat it in the spring.’

All of the Seasonal Snaps can be seen on Pinterest at

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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