Favourite New Forest photos chosen by public

Matt pinner s photo of rockford common won first prize in the summer 2017 edition of the new forest national park authority s seasonal snaps photo competition

Published Sunday 27 August 2017

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

Over 10,000 people visited the National Park Authority’s Facebook page to enter their pictures or vote for their favourites in the Seasonal Snaps photo contest which is run three times a year. Entrants hoped to win prizes for their pictures while inspiring others to treasure the joys of summer in the New Forest.

Pictures of the coastline, foals relaxing in the sun, and stunning shots of heather were some of the photos to pick up prizes.

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

The winners are:

  • First prize: Matt Pinner, view of Rockford Common
  • Second prize: Emily Endean, heather at Rockford Common
  • Third prize: Donna Challinor, foal relaxing in the sun at Janesmoor Pond
  • Fourth prize: Steve Regan, view over Janesmoor Pond
  • Judges’ Pick: Viv Hutchinson, summer at Lepe Beach (below).

Judges’ Pick: Viv Hutchinson, summer at Lepe Beach seasonal snaps 2017
First prize winner Matt Pinner, from Christchurch in Dorset, said: ‘I think this New Forest competition is a lovely way of bringing many different people and styles together, and showcases some great talent. I think it's amazing for those who are starting in photography as it provides a unique platform for their work, as well as promoting our gorgeous New Forest landscapes.’

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

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Notes to Photo Editor:

Matt Pinner’s photo, taken Rockford Common, won first prize in the summer 2017 edition of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

The winning photos are available to download at http://ow.ly/5hQc30eKvz7

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.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contact:
Beki Mole, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: beki.mole@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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