Landscapes for Life Photo Competition

PUBLISHED: 11:43 17 December 2019 | UPDATED: 11:43 17 December 2019

Colmers Hill Sunset, by James Loveridge, winner of Dorset AONB Site Seeing Photo Comp

Colmers Hill Sunset, by James Loveridge, winner of Dorset AONB Site Seeing Photo Comp

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Could you take an award-winning photo of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and be part of our 2021 calendar?

Described as a 'microcosm of England', the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) isn't just one outstanding landscape but a sequence of many fantastic landscapes. There is chalk downland, clay vales, lowland heathland and both coast and countryside all within close proximity. This variety of landscapes within a relatively small area includes many famous Dorset landmarks such as the tree-topped Colmers Hill, the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle, and The Hardy Monument on the summit of Black Down near Portesham. These landscapes are the inspiration for an exciting photographic competition that Dorset Magazine is launching with Dorset AONB to celebrate the life and landscapes of this special area.

Amongst the prizes will be the opportunity for one to one tuition with the award-winning Dorset photographer Matt Pinner, a total of £450 to spend on photographic equipment and there's also a special camera prize for our Youth Winner. The winners and runner-up images will feature in two exhibitions and the top 12 images will be showcased in the 2021 Dorset Magazine Coast & Countryside Calendar.

The Dorset AONB is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary and, thanks to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is marking this milestone with a number of 'Landscapes for Life' projects in 2020, including this photographic competition.

"We are asking people to photograph the Dorset AONB landscape that is part of their life," says Dorset AONB Manager Tom Munro. "It may be a view you admire on your journey to work, a favourite dog walk or picnic spot or even a place you go to when you need to unwind. We are particularly keen to involve young people and we have a fantastic Kodak PixPro camera as a prize for our Youth Winner."

Judges will be looking for images that capture Dorset AONB landscape throughout the year - from the stark landforms of winter, to the green shoots of spring, through the heat of summer, to autumn colours. From stormy coastal scenes to glowing summer sunsets and misty autumn mornings, we will be looking for a variety of seasonal shots that capture the essence of these landscapes.

Stormy beach at Eype, by Paul Haynes, runner-up of Dorset AONB Site Seeing Photo CompStormy beach at Eype, by Paul Haynes, runner-up of Dorset AONB Site Seeing Photo Comp

CRITERIA

All photographs must be taken within the Dorset AONB, which covers almost half of Dorset from Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour and north to Hambledon Hill near Blandford, map of the AONB boundary is at dorsetaonb.org.uk.

Images must be a jpeg file as least 2700 pixels on its longest edge. Winners and runners-up will be required to submit a higher resolution version for exhibition display.

Each entrant can submit up to 10 images via dorsetaonb.co.uk, each clearly labelled with their location and time of year taken, by 1st May 2020.

The competition is free to enter and is open to professional and amateur photographers.

The copyright of all entries remains with the photographer but Dorset AONB Team and Partnership reserve the right to use, publish and reproduce entries in connection with the competition without payment.

The winning photographs will be published in Dorset Magazine.

Judging panel is Tom Munro (Dorset AONB), Helen Stiles (Dorset Magazine), Matt Pinner (Pinner's Photography) and a member of the Dorset AONB Partnership Board.

St Catherine's and Abbotsbury Village, by Rosie Mathisen, runner-up of Dorset AONB Site Seeing Photo CompSt Catherine's and Abbotsbury Village, by Rosie Mathisen, runner-up of Dorset AONB Site Seeing Photo Comp

By entering the competition, you indicate acceptance of the rules.

THE PRIZES

First prize: Tuition workshop with Matt Pinner (pinners-photography.co.uk), £150 voucher for photographic equipment, inclusion in a Celebrating 60 Years exhibition in autumn/winter 2020, inclusion in Dorset Magazine 2021 calendar, five copies of the calendar.

Two Runner-Ups: £75 voucher for photographic equipment, inclusion in a Celebrating 60 Years exhibition, inclusion in calendar and two copies.

Eight Highly Commended: Inclusion in calendar, two copies and inclusion in exhibition.

48 further images will be included in the Celebrating 60 Years exhibition.

Youth Landscapes for Life Category

Open to 18 and under.

Winner: Kodak PixPro AZ901 and inclusion of work as per Adult Winner above. Runner-Up: £75 prize as Adult Runner-Up.

Hellstone, by Mike Brown , winner of Dorset AONB Site Seeing Photo CompHellstone, by Mike Brown , winner of Dorset AONB Site Seeing Photo Comp

ENTER ONLINE

You can find out more, and submit your entry, here.

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