The winners of Landscapes for Life Photo Competition
PUBLISHED: 17:40 07 July 2020 | UPDATED: 17:40 07 July 2020
Over the next three months we will reveal the 12 photographs of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that a panel of judges chose for our 2021 calendar
Photographers from across the county and country entered our Landscapes for Life Photography Competition 2020 run in conjunction with Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB) to celebrate their 60th anniversary. The brief was simple - we wanted to see photos of the important landscapes in people’s lives, in all seasons and all weathers. Nearly 500 images were uploaded and the judging panel, using Zoom and Dropbox, debated long and hard about the best 12 images to create the Dorset Coast & Countryside Calendar 2021. In addition to this, the 60 best images will be shown in Dorset AONB’s Celebrating 60 Years exhibition, once it is Covid-safe to tour it.
Over the next three editions we will share these images with you. The winning photographers are:
Coast Path View to Bats Head by James LaBouchardiere
James (Jay) works as a GP in East Dorset and is part of the award-winning folk duo Ninebarrow with Jon Whitley. “Our music is heavily influenced by walks in the Purbeck Hills and beyond,” says Jay. The judges said this winning image (pictured above and on the cover) captured the very essence of a summer day on the Dorset coast with its profusion of wildflowers and grasses swaying in the gentle breeze. See more images from his walks at ninebarrow.co.uk
Starry night at Stoborough by Nigel Gidney
Nigel is a part-time professional equestrian photographer based in Poole. He also enjoys taking landscape and wildlife photos. “Having been fogged out over Kimmeridge, Stoborough Heath was an impromptu alternative and a lucky accident. The Milky Way worked perfectly against the backdrop of the heath.” The judges said that this unusual image showed the stellar beauty of a clear summer night nigelgidneyphotography.co.uk
Ozzy’s Eggardon Hill by Zara Huddleston
Zara took up photography at art college. After running a graphic design business in Poland from the mid-90s, she moved to Dorset in 2010. “It’s rolling hills were so exhilarating after the totally flat landscapes of central Mazowsze,” says Zara. “My dog Ozzy is a natural poser and he helps to frame the landscape and give it perspective.” The judges were in total agreement with Zara on this, but we wondered what Ozzy’s thinking!
Durweston Poppies after the storm by Nigel Stride
This landscape photographer from Ferndown had been keeping an eye on a field of opium poppies at Durweston for a few weeks, hoping to capture them in optimum condition. “A heavy downpour followed by a dramatic sunset created some beautiful tones and reflected the fiery pinks in the passing storm clouds,” says Nigel. The judges thought the combination of a dramatic sky with the sweep of the poppy field struck the perfect balance.