Public fall for autumnal Forest photos

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Published Wednesday 16 November 2016

Hundreds of autumnal photos of the New Forest have been whittled down to a handful of their favourites by the public.

The National Park Authority’s Seasonal Snaps photo contest received 350 entries that were viewed 30,000 times and attracted over 7,000 votes. Entrants hoped to win prizes for their pictures while inspiring others to treasure autumn in the New Forest.

Photos of a babbling brook, golden Forest foliage and a stag among mist 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: Hannah Burrows
  • Second: Matthew Pinner
  • Third: Craig Hobbs
  • Fourth: Yvonne Holloway
  • Judges’ Pick – Steve Elson

Barry Rickman, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘The winning photos wonderfully convey the beauty of autumn in the New Forest and show why it is so important to safeguard this special area. Autumn is a lovely time to explore the National Park with your camera, so it is heartening to see that so many people have taken the opportunity. Congratulations to all the winners!'

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:

‘Water’s edge’ by Hannah Burrows – the vote winner of the autumn 2016 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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Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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