New Forest photo contest attracts record number of entries

seasonal snaps

Published Friday 21 November 2014

A bellowing stag, highland cattle and brightly-coloured fungi were the prize winners in the autumn edition of the ‘Seasonal Snaps’ photo contest, which received a record number of entries.

The regular competition, organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, attracted over 4,300 votes across 222 photos between 6 and 20 November, with entrants hoping to inspire people to cherish the beauty of the New Forest. A selection of photos can be viewed at

Entrants submitted their autumnal photos of the New Forest on Twitter or Facebook and the winners were chosen by a public vote on the National Park Authority’s Facebook page.

Each of the four winners received one of several prizes, kindly donated by businesses:

Alan Sutton, from Pennington, near Lymington, won the main prize for his picture of a stag among bracken named ‘The roar of the wild’ (see top). Second prize went to Karen Woodward from New Milton (below), Sandy Bemister (Hordle) came third and in fourth place was Linda Lucas-Kenny, also from Hordle.


Barry Rickman, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘Alan’s photo is a powerful image with wonderful colour saturation and is a worthy winner of the photo contest.

‘I’m pleased that the competition has received a record number of entries from local photographers and the standard of the entries is especially impressive this autumn. I hope all four winners enjoy their prizes and I commend all the entrants for taking the time to celebrate the National Park with their photos.’

Seasonal Snaps runs three times each year - for further details and the 2015 competition dates visit

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Notes to photo editors:

‘The roar of the wild’ by Alan Sutton, the overall winner of the autumn 2014 Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

You can also download a selection of photos to use.

Notes to editors:

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 Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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