September Photography Competition

September Photography Competition

Sam Wilkinson

September began with a splendid burst of late summer sun and granted us one final splash of delightful colour. However, as the month progressed and autumn started to tighten its grip, we have seen our reserves transform into a glorious landscape of autumnal tones. In turn we have received a marvellous selection of images which wonderfully reflect the diverse natural beauty of our nature reserves.

This month’s photography competition theme was 'Reserve Views', and we received a truly breath taking selection of remarkable photographs. The images submitted effectively demonstrated the natural beauty present at all of our reserves, and purposefully illustrated the outstanding work done by our diligent conservation team and fabulous volunteers. We are delighted that so many people are continuing to appreciate nature and get involved in our photography competition.

Out of 60 marvellous entries, and after much deliberation, Sam Wilkinson’s ‘Natural Health Service’ taken at Freshfield Dune Heath Nature Reserve was awarded first place.

Natural Health Service

Sam Wilkinson

Our judge commented that ‘the presence and timing required to capture this image is truly outstanding, moreover this photo beautifully demonstrates the sensational natural landscape present at Freshfield Dune Heath.’ Also, our judge felt compelled to acknowledge the important message contained within this image and its delightful title, as they stated that it ‘purposefully highlights the incredible value of wild spaces, for both our health and wellbeing.’

Fox Hill Bank

Stephanie Latham

In second place is Stephanie Latham’s ‘Secret Gardens’ taken at Foxhill Banks Nature Reserve. Our judge absolutely adored this image stating that ‘the depth and composition present within this photograph is truly spectacular. In addition this photo effectively represents the tranquillity and calming effect of nature.’

Woodland Path

Sue Falcon

Finally, in third place is Sue Falcon’s ‘Woodland Path’ taken at Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve. Our judge noted that this image ‘beautifully depicts the enchanting natural vista present at Mere Sands Wood. Furthermore, this image rather wonderfully conveys the important message that nature is and always should be accessible to absolutely everyone’. 

The winner will be contacted via email with details on how to redeem their £100 Optics Voucher prize. Additionally, all winner’s photos will be displayed within our visitor centres, for everyone to see.

What do you think?

Let us know what you think about the judge’s selections via either our Facebook or Twitter pages.

October's competition is currently open and has the theme of 'Woodland Fungi'. As long as the photo has been taken at one of our nature reserves, you can enter whatever image you like, and with 38 nature reserves to choose from, what are you waiting for?

The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm on 31/10/2020 and the only condition is that your photograph was taken at one of our nature reserves. To enter, just email (a maximum of three photos per person) or click the button below.

September Photography Competition