New Forest photo contest opens for 10th edition


Published Tuesday 25 April 2017

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

Now on its 10th edition, 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. With more than 50,000 votes and 3,000 submissions since 2014, the beauty of the Forest is clearly rich inspiration for local snappers.

Five 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 11 May and the five chosen entries will win one of several exciting prizes, kindly donated by local businesses:

Entries can be submitted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram from 26 April to 10 May and anyone can take part, whether you are an expert photographer or a smartphone-wielding amateur.

Photos need to capture spring in the Forest, perhaps foals prancing in the sun, a carpet of bluebells beneath ancient trees or your family enjoying a springtime stroll.

Barry Rickman, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘With bluebells blooming and new life at every turn, spring is a beautiful time of year to explore the National Park with a camera. So why not take a moment to carefully compose a prize-winning photo and share your love of this special place. This competition aims to use social media to encourage people of all ages to join us in celebrating the New Forest in spring, hopefully inspiring others to care for the area. Good luck!’

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

  1. Post a new picture on Instagram or Twitter with #springsnaps17, or upload your snap at
  2. 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, including where a credit is not possible
  • 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
  • Using technology to artificially increase votes is strictly forbidden. To ensure the integrity of the competition, IP addresses of voters will be monitored and entries with any irregular voting patterns will be removed from the competition. The decision of the National Park Authority is final.
  • Careys Manor prize: available for redemption Sun-Thurs excluding bank holidays, Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day. Prize will be valid for 12 months from issue.

Notes to photo editors:

The winner of the spring 2016 Seasonal Snaps competition, by Matthew Pinner.

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