New Forest autumn photo competition opens


Published Wednesday 2 November 2016

Autumnal 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 summer edition, which attracted over 7,500 votes across 200 photos.

Entries can be submitted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram from 2 to 16 November and anyone can take part, whether you are an expert photographer or a smartphone snapper.

Photos need to capture autumn in the Forest, perhaps pigs rooting around for acorns, vibrant autumn colour or your children playing among fallen leaves.

Three 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 17 November and the four chosen entries will win one of several exciting prizes, kindly donated by local businesses:

Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management and Learning, said: ‘With trees turning and crunchy leaves underfoot, autumn is a beautiful time of year to explore the National Park with a camera. Take a moment to carefully compose a really great photo and share your appreciation for 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 autumn, hopefully inspiring others to care for the area.’

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

  • Post a new picture on Instagram or Twitter with #autumnsnaps16, 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.

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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

Notes to photo editors:

The winner from the last edition of Seasonal Snaps in summer 2016, ‘Reaching up’ by Robert Bigwood.

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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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