Public pick favourite spring New Forest photos

Seasonal Snaps

Published Friday 12 May 2017

The winners have been chosen in a competition to find the most popular spring photos of the New Forest.

Nearly 12,000 people headed to the National Park Authority’s Facebook page to enter their pictures or vote for their favourites in the thrice-yearly Seasonal Snaps photo contest. Entrants hoped to win prizes for their pictures while inspiring others to treasure the joys of spring in the New Forest.

Pictures of soaring birds, a young buck, new-born hatchlings and a mare with her foal were just some of the photos to pick up prizes.

Photographers submitted their springtime photos of the New Forest on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and five winners were chosen by a public vote on Facebook. A sixth prize winner was chosen by a judging panel.


The winners are:

  • First: Daniel Brown (above)
  • Second: Lynne Harvey
  • Third: Nick May
  • Fourth: Rick Alderman
  • Fifth: Rebecca Fulker
  • Judges’ Pick – Cathy Anning (below).

Barry Rickman, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘The winning photos perfectly convey a sense of new life and hope as spring arrives in the New Forest, showing why it is so important to safeguard this special area. Spring is a lovely time to explore the National Park and learn more about the area with your camera, so it is heartening to see that so many people have taken the opportunity. Congratulations to all the winners!'

judges pick

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

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Notes to photo editors:

Cathy Anning’s photo, taken at Cadman’s Pool, which is the judges’ pick in the spring 2017 edition of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

The winning photos are available to download at

Notes to editors:

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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