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Aug 22, 2016

Calling all enthusiastic amateur photographers.

Our new Photographic Competition is open for entries from 1 Sept.2016.

This autumn, win a self-discovery experience for two at Bombay Sapphire Distillery.

Walkers in the Pewsey Vale

"Walkers in the Pewsey Vale" by Mark Somerville.

Recent studies show that getting out and enjoying the countryside contributes enormously to our health and wellbeing.  More than a million people live in and within 20 minutes of the North Wessex Downs and they enjoy the very special landscape in a huge variety of ways.

This autumn we are launching a brand new photography competition with the aim of encouraging more people to enjoy the benefits of this amazing place. We are looking for photographs that capture people engaging with this very special landscape.

Photographs need to taken in the North Wessex Downs and should feature any of the following:
•    People enjoying the North Wessex Downs AONB
•    Active lifestyles and sports in the North Wessex Downs
•    People working in the landscape
•    Local producers and traditional skills.

Photo by Nigel Hutchings

 "Hanging Around" by Nigel Hutchings Shortlisted in our 2012  Photo Competition

Four Seasons : Four Chances to Enter

The competition is open from 1 September 2016 and will run for one year with four seasonal rounds. There will be a prize for the best photo submitted in each of the four seasons with the three best seasonal shots from each round going forward for final judging in the autumn of 2017.

The winning photographs will be featured on our website and in our publicity material. The images will also be promoted through websites and social media channels.

   1 Sept. - 1 Dec. 2016 : Autumn in the North Wessex Downs. 
First Prize : 2 Discovery tickets for the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.

 Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The discovery experience showcases the very best of Bombay Sapphire gin and the beautiful, historic distillery. Take in the crystal clear water and beautiful natural surroundings as you walk along the River Test. Step back in time to uncover the fascinating history behind Laverstoke Mill in the Heritage Room. Discover the ten exotic botanicals in Bombay Sapphire gin in the Glasshouses and Botanical Dry Room and then join our hosts as they take you behind the scenes of the unique Vapour Infusion distillation process in the Dakin Still House. Immerse yourself in the history of gin and Bombay Sapphire in the Gin Academy, then your experience culminates in The Mill Bar with a .  drink ‘on the house’ alongside the beautiful River Test.

 How to enter

The competition is open to amateur photgraphers aged 16 and over. To enter, you can submit up to two digital images recently taken by you in each seasonal round.
All photos must be taken within  North Wessex Downs AONB and should be submitted in electronic format by email (max 1 MB per image).

Entries should be emailed to: with the title “photography competition”. Please include your name, contact number, date of birth if you are under 18 and details of where and when each photo was taken.

By sending an email and entering the competition you confirm that you accept the terms and conditions of the competition and that you have the necessary permission from the people in the images to use the photos.

We will request the original high resolution jpeg for the winning entries to ensure a quality reproduction in the publications. The closing date for  the first round is 1 December 2016.

Some tips for taking great shots

Bluebells on the Ridgeway

Walking the Ridgeway near Wallingford by Mark Lord one of the competition judges


  • Remember we are looking for people in the landscape, we don’t just want a group of your friends or a beautiful landscape.
  • Think about how the people are connecting to the landscape.  
  • The people don’t need to be the main focus – they might be riding cycles over a hill in the distance or walking away from the camera in a family group. 
  • Perhaps  include something in the foreground, the middle ground and the distance to create interest and give your photo some depth.
  • Think about different viewpoints – maybe low on the ground or from a high viewpoint.
  • It is interesting to see familiar landmarks from a different perspectives.
  • Try and capture what it is you appreciate about being outdoors.
  • Don’t forget to take your camera out early in the morning or late in the evening to get more variety with lighting.


Please note the terms and conditions for the competition. When you enter the competition you are confirming that you accept these terms.