Public fall for autumnal Forest photos

Emily shave eyeworth pond

Published Tuesday 5 December 2017

Hundreds of autumnal photos of the New Forest have been whittled down to a handful of their favourites by the public in the National Park Authority’s photo contest.

The Seasonal Snaps photo competition received 200 stunning entries that were viewed 10,000 times and attracted over 1,300 votes. Entrants battled to win prizes for their pictures while inspiring others to learn more about why autumn in the New Forest is so special.

Photos of birds between golden oak leaves, peeking pig’s ears and a tranquil river scene were among the winning images.

Photographers submitted their autumnal photos of the New Forest on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and four winners were chosen by a public vote on the National Park Authority’s Facebook page. A fifth prize winner was chosen by a judging panel.

The winners are:

  • First place: Emily Shave, blue tit and marsh tit at Eyeworth Pond
  • Second place: Richard Pryor, pig at Linwood
  • Third place: Lianne Wood, Forest scene at Bolderwood
  • Fourth place: Angela Bahamondes, Beaulieu River
  • Judge's pick: Alex Pepper, resting pigs at Holmsley.

Barry Rickman, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘The winning photos show the wonderful diversity of autumnal life within the New Forest and why it is so important to protect this special area. It is inspiring to see so many people exploring the Forest with their camera and enjoying this beautiful time of year. Congratulations to all the winners!'

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

To view the winning photos and a selection of other entries visit

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Notes to photo editors:

Blue tit and marsh tit at Eyeworth Pond by Emily Shave – the vote winner of the autumn 2017 edition of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

The winning photos are available to download at

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

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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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