Snap up prizes in New Forest autumn photo competition

Water s edge by hannah burrows won first prize in the autumn 2016 edition of the new forest national park authority s photo competition

Published Tuesday 7 November 2017

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 landscapes and rich culture of the Forest and inspires people to care for the area. Last year’s autumn competition attracted 350 entries that were viewed 30,000 times and over 7,000 votes were cast. 

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 Wednesday 22 November and the four chosen entries will win one of several exciting prizes, kindly donated by local businesses:

Entries can be submitted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram from 8 to 22 November and anyone can take part, whether you are an expert photographer or amateur snapper.

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

Barry Rickman, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘Autumn is a special time of year for the National Park as the pigs roam for acorns and the leaves turn from green to incredible shades of red, yellow and orange. It’s a fantastic time to be out and about with a camera, so why not take a moment to carefully capture a really great photo of what inspires you the most about this special place?

‘This competition is a great way for people to share their favourite moments, places and wildlife within the Forest. It is great to see social media being used 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 #autumnsnaps17, 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
  • Winner of the New Forest Hamper Company prize must be able to collect their prize from the New Forest National Park Authority’s office at Lymington Town Hall
  • Winner of the Ringwood Brewery hamper must be able to collect from the store at Ringwood Brewery
  • The Montagu Arms dinner for two will be at The Terrace restaurant. The prize winner will dine from Head Chef and Roux Scholar, Matthew Tomkinson’s five course ‘Surprise Tasting Menu’ featuring the best of the day’s seasonal produce. Menus will not be presented at the table. Instead, dishes will be described to guests as they are served. The prize is worth £160 and will be valid for redemption Tues-Fri excluding Christmas, New Year and Valentines.

Notes to Photo Editors:

‘Water’s edge’ by Hannah Burrows won first prize in the autumn 2016 edition of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

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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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