Public pick favourite autumnal New Forest photo


Published Friday 20 November 2015

The winners have been chosen in a competition to find the most popular autumnal photo of the New Forest, which attracted a record-breaking number of entries.

The seasonal photo contest attracted over 7,500 votes across more than 350 photos with entrants hoping to inspire people to cherish the beauty of autumn in the New Forest.

Photos of pigs, ponies and fiery foliage were among the prize-winning images in the latest edition of the ‘Seasonal Snaps’ competition, organised by the New Forest National Park Authority.

Photographers submitted their autumnal photos of the New Forest on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and four winners were chosen by a public vote on the National Park Authority’s Facebook page. A fifth prize winner was chosen by a judging panel.

The winners are:

  • First: 'Burley piggy poser' by Lara Maskell
  • Second: 'New Forest pony as the sun rises in Burley' by Sue Knight
  • Third: 'What a way to see the Forest!' by Caroline Wilkins
  • Fourth: 'Gingko leaf with raindrops' by Kate Blair
  • Judges’ Pick – ‘Autumn leaves at Denny Wood’ by Glen Jevon

seasonal snaps(Sue Knight - second place)

Barry Rickman, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘Lara’s photo is a worthy winner of this autumn’s photo competition; free roaming pigs and fallen leaves are intrinsic features of autumn in the New Forest.

‘I’m pleased that the competition has been the most popular yet and that so many keen photographers are submitting photos of such high quality. I hope all the entrants enjoyed celebrating the beauty of the New Forest and that their photos will help others realise what a special place the National Park is.’

d(Caroline Wilkins - third place)

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

Seasonal Snaps runs three times each year – next year’s competition dates will be announced soon at

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Notes to photo editors:

‘Burley piggy poser’ by Lara Maskell – the vote winner of the autumn 2015 edition of the National Park Authority’s Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

The winning photos and a selection of other entries are available to view and download at

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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 Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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