Snap South Downs ‘Hidden Gems’ in photo competition

Photo by Peter Cripps. Firle Beacon in the early morning taken from Mount Caburn.
Photo by Peter Cripps. Firle Beacon in the early morning taken from Mount Caburn.

Top prizes are on offer for photographers prepared to give away their favourite South Downs secrets in the National Park’s ‘Hidden Gems’ photo competition.

A bounty of £250 is available as first prize for the best picture capturing a favourite place off the beaten track.

Telscombe Village

Telscombe Village

Nick Heasman, Western Area Manager for the South Downs National Park Authority and competition judge, said: The South Downs is full of countless hidden gems waiting to be discovered so we’re hoping to see amazing photos that entice people to look beyond the National Park’s more obvious attractions.

“Can you capture the subtle charms of the quiet valleys where others rarely tread, the secret meadows, those hidden pub gardens?”

First prize for photos is £250, second prize is £150 and third prize is £50. The competition closes at midday on Monday, October 13.

Find out more at www.southdowns.gov.uk/photofilmcomp2014

Elsewhere, the National Park’s planning department on Wednesday recommended refusal of an oil drilling application at Fernhurst in West Sussex.

Friends of the Earth South East campaigner Brenda Pollack said: “Villagers will be very pleased to see this recommendation to turn down this highly controversial project –the planning committee must heed this advice.

“Exploring for unconventional reserves of oil or gas under one of our most prized areas of natural beauty would be madness. The planning department is right to be concerned about the damage to the landscape, noise pollution and increased traffic.

“Fracked oil won’t keep our bills down or help to lower emissions. We should be making good use of the abundant sources of clean energy we have in the UK.”