Extra exposure for New Forest photographers

Snow ponies by martin perry

Published Monday 30 December 2013

New Forest photographers have teamed up with the National Park Authority to bring their stunning images of the local area to a wider audience.

Foraging pigs, mischievous ponies and snow-covered landscapes are among nearly 50 images in a new online gallery of photos from talented local photographers.

Five photographers are currently featured:

  • Martin Perry is a New Forest based photographer with a great passion for wildlife and landscape photography
  • Barry Whitcher considers himself very lucky to have spent his life capturing moments within his beloved New Forest
  • Luke Parkinson is 19-years-old, New Forest born and bred and has been taking photographs of the National Park for six years
  • Mark Simpson is an early adopter of technology, buying his first digital camera in late 1999, so he has not shot a single roll of film this century
  • Mark Heighes is a keen photographer from the age of six with a particular fondness for autumn colour.

Mark Heighes, whose photographs have appeared on BBC programme Countryfile among others, said: ‘Being a volunteer photographer for the New Forest National Park Authority means I can help to promote the New Forest’s breathtaking beauty.

‘It is a privilege to be given a platform to share some of my favourite images of special places within the Forest and I hope this will inspire people to visit as well as make people aware how photogenic and varied the landscape is.

‘I also hope the gallery will promote my own photography as well as helping to further my aspiration to be a professional photographer.’

The gallery of images and photographer profiles can be found at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/photographers

If you are interested in being featured in the online gallery contact communications@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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Photo caption: ‘Snow Ponies’ by Martin Perry

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.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639

Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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