Get snapping in the Forest this summer

JC Studios

Published Monday 20 July 2015

The sixth New Forest Seasonal Snaps photo competition begins today, giving people the chance to win great prizes for their summertime photos.

The online contest, run by the New Forest National Park Authority, highlights the natural beauty of the Forest and encourages people to care for the area. It looks to build on the success of the spring edition, which attracted over 2,000 votes across 300 photos.

Entries can be submitted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram from 20 July to 3 August and anyone can take part, whether you are an expert photographer or an enthusiastic amateur.

Entering the competition takes only a couple of minutes and the process is very simple:

  • Post a new picture on Instagram or Twitter with #seasonalsnaps, or upload your snap on Facebook
  • Visit the Authority’s Facebook page to view all the photos and get your friends to vote for your entries.

Photos should capture summer in the Forest, perhaps your family enjoying an ice cream on Lepe beach, ponies lounging in the sun or a wildflower meadow teeming with life.

The top three will be chosen by a public vote, which will be open throughout the competition on the National Park Authority’s Facebook page, and fourth place will be chosen by a judging panel. The results will be announced on 5 August and the four chosen entries will win one of several exciting prizes, kindly donated by local businesses:

A selection of entries will also be exhibited at this summer’s New Forest Open Art exhibition at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, which last year attracted around 10,000 visitors.

Previous Seasonal Snaps winner, now a competition judge, Alan Sutton said: ‘Seasonal Snaps continues to go from strength to strength, attracting hundreds of entries from local photographers and keen amateurs who are inspired by the New Forest.

‘I have been lucky enough to win the competition previously and I’d encourage everyone to enter their favourite photos and get their friends to vote so they can win one of the excellent prizes.

‘As well as prizes for the winners of the popular vote, there is also a judges’ award. I’m looking forward to being one of those picking the winner in this category, where I will be judging on technical ability and image quality, as well as taking subject difficulty into account.’

For more on art and photography in the New Forest visit

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Terms and conditions:

  • Entrants must be 16 years or older to enter
  • Photographs must have been taken within the New Forest National Park by the person submitting
  • Multiple entries and votes per-person are allowed but there is a maximum of one prize per-person
  • Competition not open to National Park Authority staff or their relations
  • Photos can have been taken any time and with any type of camera or phone
  • Entrants on Facebook must enter their email address and agree to receive a regular email newsletter to be eligible to win
  • By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted name displayed on our website and used by us for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation. We reserve the right to disqualify users, without notice, and for any reason
  • Entrants agree to allow New Forest National Park Authority to use their entry online or in any promotional material without credit.
  • New Park Manor prize: Mention your prize when booking, subject to availability, additional treatments or food and drink will be charged and paid for upon departure.

Notes to photo editors:

‘A little summer shade’ by John Cuthbert (JC Studios) from the Summer 2014 Seasonal Snaps competition.

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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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