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South West Coast Path Photographic Competition



Porthgwarra, Miles CowtonIt’s time to get your cameras out again for the South West Coast Path photographic competition.

Last year the entries were of such high quality that it gave the judging panel a real headache! The 1st prize was scooped by a keen amateur who had not long taken up photography.

Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter their best pictures of the Coast Path in this annual photo competition. The South West Coast Path is one of the world's greatest walks. The aim of the competition is to showcase its landscape and wildlife by taking beautifully crafted photographs.

This year the selection panel is excited to have David Noton on board as the professional judge alongside the Coast Path team. David is an award winning landscape and travel photographer who writes regular columns for Practical Photography and Outdoor Photography. He is no stranger to photographic competitions either, having won awards in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition on a number of occasions.

For inspiration, take a look at last year’s winning shots through our flickr gallery below.

This year's twelve top photos will feature in the 2016 South West Coast Path calendar, with the 1st prize winner on the front page. Each copy sold will raise a minimum of 25p for the South West Coast Path Association for path improvements 

The 2015 calendar featuring last year's winners will be on sale from the SW Coast Path Association Shop and lots of other outlets from July 2014.

The prizes:

Carbis Bay Hotel

Carbis Bay Hotel1st prize: Thanks to the generosity of The Carbis Bay Hotel, the photographer of the picture chosen for the cover of the 2016 calendar will win a One Night Luxury Spa Break at Carbis Bay Hotel & SpaCornwall, including a Superior Room for two, a spa treatment with dinner at the Sands Restaurant and Cornish breakfast.  They will also receive the collection of runner-up prizes. 


David Noton2nd prize: Thanks to the generosity of David Noton, the photographer of the 2nd prize (SWCP Team Favourite Photo) will win a £100 voucher towards products from his website shop. They will also receive the collection of runner-up prizes.





 Runner-up prizes: The photographers whose pictures are chosen for the other 10 months of the 2016 calendar will win:

  • Annual membership of the SW Coast Path Association 
  • Your choice from the wide range of award-winning guidebooks for walking, trekking, climbing and mountaineering, cycle touring and hill and mountain skills, produced by Cicerone press.
  • A copy of the 2016 calendar featuring their photo.

We are grateful for the support of our media partners below who are helping to promote the competition in their county magazines and will also announce the winners early next year.


It's easy to enter, just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Upload your photo
Step 2: Photo details

Please include the place name of where it was taken from and / or it is looking at

What makes this spot or photo special to you?

Step 3: Location:
So that people can easily find out where the winning photos are taken from, and go and see the view for themselves, please mark the photo's location on the map as accurately as you can. This is easy to do: just drag the map until the crosshair is above the spot where you took the photo. You can zoom in on the map using your mouse wheel or clicking on the + symbol
Step 4: Your details:
We value your privacy and so your contact details will not be passed onto third parties, without us first asking your permission.

This will be displayed alongside the photos

This will only be used if we are unable to contact you by email

Step 5: Competition rules
  • You give your permission for the South West Coast Path Association and the competition sponsors to publish your photo on our websites and Flickr galleries (which maybe embedded onto 3rd party websites) and to use it without charge to promote the competition and the South West Coast Path in publicity material such as displays, leaflets, magazines, newspaper articles and other publications (produced by third parties) and a South West Coast Path Calendar. If your photo is used in this way you will be credited as the photographer.
  • In partnership with Salmon we will produce a calendar for 2017 in which 12 photos from the competition will be selected to be used and in return each photographer will receive a portfolio of prizes.
  • You can enter as many photos as you want.
  • All photographs must be your own work, and you must legally hold the copyright to them (so no copying photos out of magazines, postcards or nicking them from websites!).
  • We make no claims on your copyright.
  • The photos must be taken on, or near to the South West Coast Path.
  • To ensure that the photos will reproduce well in the calendar, a minimum resolution of 1650 x 2100 pixels is required – although higher is better. If your camera has a resolution of at least 3 megapixels (Mp), providing the resolution settings are high / best quality, the photos should be fine.
  • You can make minor digital enhancements to improve your photo whilst maintaining the natural composition of the scene itself, but no black and white or sepia images please.
  • At our discretion, all suitable entries received will be displayed on the website and our Flickr gallery, along with their caption, and the photographer’s name.
  • If the people in your photo are recognisable, you must have obtained their permission for the pictures to be entered into the competition and used for promotional purposes.
  • All entries must be received by midnight on the 31st December 2015.
  • Judges decisions are final.

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