Public pick favourite spring New Forest photos


Published Monday 23 May 2016

Thousands of voters have chosen the winners in a competition to find the best spring photo of the New Forest.

The seasonal photo contest was viewed more than 16,000 times and attracted over 5,400 votes across more than 160 photos with entrants hoping to inspire people to treasure the new comings of spring in the New Forest.

Photos of a beautiful sunset, a comical donkey and a great spotted woodpecker 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 spring photos of the New Forest on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and three winners were chosen by a public vote on the National Park Authority’s Facebook page. A fourth prize winner was chosen by a judging panel.

The winners are:

  • First: Matt Pinner
  • Second: Steve Hood
  • Third: Ali Lansley
  • Judges’ Pick: Nichola Rozee-Burwell

Barry Rickman, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘Matt’s photo really encapsulates the New Forest’s tranquillity and why it is so important to safeguard this special area. I particularly like the ambience and colours of the photo, as well as the calmness that it provokes.

‘Spring is such a beautiful season, when the whole forest blossoms with colour. The competition entries are so diverse and of such amazing quality. It’s great to see so many people out and about in the New Forest and capturing the beauty of it for all to see.’

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

Seasonal Snaps runs three times each year – for the dates of the next edition visit


Notes to Photo Editor:

‘Hatchet Pond’ by Matt Pinner – the vote winner of the spring 2016 edition of the Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

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

Notes to Editor:

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:

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

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