Photographer Adam Burton and his passion for the South West Coast Path

PUBLISHED: 11:44 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:44 01 November 2016

Adam Burton

Adam Burton


Award-winning landscape photographer, and a judge in the South West Coast Path Photography Competition, Adam Burton reveals his passion for this world class trail

As a judge of this year’s South West Coast Path Photography Competition, award-winning landscape photographer Adam Burton can draw on considerable experience. Before he turned pro the Dartmoor-based photographer was a previous entrant in the competition, and one of his photographs appeared in the South West Coast Path calendar. Now Adam has published some of his most stunning images from the region in a new book, Photographing Devon and Cornwall, which features the coastline from both counties alongside the dramatic landscapes of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin.

“The coastline of the South West has always been very special to me,” says Adam. “The book gave me the perfect opportunity to re-visit some of the world’s finest coastal locations, when the majestic scenery is showcased in glorious natural light.”

The South West Coast Path provides unrivalled access to 630 miles of coastal scenery, from Minehead on the edge of Exmoor to the shores of Poole harbour in Dorset. It offers endless opportunities for the budding landscape photographer to capture beautiful seascapes from the ideal vantage point, and those sensational views are forever changing along with the weather, the seasons and the light.

For Mark Owen, National Trail Officer for the South West Coast Path, he has no doubt that it is one of the world’s greatest walks. “Adam’s book captures the magic and wonder of our beautiful coastline in his photographs. Hopefully it will inspire others to experience this special landscape for themselves and share their photographs with us.” 

About Adam

Adam Burton is a Dartmoor-based photographer with more than 20 years experience of snapping South West landscapes. His latest book Photographing Devon and Cornwall, part of the Photo-Location Guidebook series by outdoor photography company fotoVUE, showcases a selection of his best South West images. Buy the book online from the South West Coast Path Association shop.

To find out more about Adam’s work visit

Be prepared - When photographing in the great Dorset outdoors for safety its important to have the right clothing. Adam recommends:

1 Sturdy walking boots (for walking over the moors, mountains etc)

2 A good pair of wellies (for shooting on the coast)

3 A waterproof jacket

4 A windproof fleece

5 Warm hat and gloves (even in the summer it can be chilly at dawn and dusk)

6 Head torch (essential as it will be dark heading out before sunrise or coming back after sunset)

7 OS maps (for finding and then planning locations, and so you don’t get lost while out on location)

Enter the South West Coast Path Photographic Competition

This annual photography competition is open to budding photographers of all ages and abilities; prizes include a £250 voucher to spend at Cotswold Outdoor for the overall winner and a 1-1 photography workshop with Adam Burton.

All 12 calendar winning entries will receive a copy of Adam Burton’s book Photographing Devon and Cornwall, membership of the South West Coast Path Association, a Ciccerone guidebook, as well as the chance to grace the official 2018 Coast Path calendar. The closing date for entries is 1 December 2016. For more information and to enter visit

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