Forest photo competition returns for summer


Published Tuesday 19 July 2016

Summertime photos of the New Forest could win photographers great prizes as the popular Seasonal Snaps photo competition returns.

The online contest, run by the New Forest National Park Authority, highlights the beautiful landscape and rich culture 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 5,400 votes across 160 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 a snap-happy amateur.

Photos need to capture summer in the Forest, perhaps ponies snoozing in the shade, butterflies among wild flowers or your family enjoying the view from the top of the New Forest Tour.

Four winners will be chosen by a public vote, which will be open throughout the competition on the National Park Authority’s Facebook page, and an additional judges’ pick will be chosen by a judging panel. The results will be announced on 4 August and the five chosen entries will win one of several exciting prizes, kindly donated by local businesses:

Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management and Learning, said: ‘Getting out and about in the National Park with a camera, and taking a moment to carefully compose a really great photo helps us appreciate this very special place. This competition aims to use social media to encourage people of all ages to join us in celebrating the New Forest in summer, hopefully inspiring others to care for the area.

‘I wish all the entrants the best of luck and I hope they enjoy photographing the unique landscape of the National Park.’

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

  • Post a new picture on Instagram or Twitter with #summersnaps16, or upload your snap at
  • Visit the Authority’s Facebook page to view all the photos and get your friends to vote for your entries.

For more on photography in the New Forest visit

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Terms and conditions:

  • Entrants must be 18 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.
  • Entries must not show people contravening the ‘Forest friendly’ pointers set out at  Any photos not adhering to these principles will be removed without notification and will not be eligible for a prize
  • Carey’s Manor prize: The prize will be given in the form of a voucher and will be valid for 12 months from issue. The voucher will be available for redemption Sunday to Thursday excluding bank holidays, Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s and Mother’s Day.
  • Exbury prize: A family is two adults and three children and the ticket is valid until 23 October.

Notes to photo editors:

The winner from the last edition of Seasonal Snaps in spring 2016, ‘Hatchet Pond’ by Matthew Pinner.

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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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