Photographers take on South Downs challenge

The Downs
The Downs

Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis is among the judges for a South Downs National Park photography competition.

It challenges people to capture the stories of how people who love, live in, work in or visit the South Downs value and care for it.

First prize is £250, second prize is £150 and third prize is £50. The competition closes at midday on October 15.

Hugh, who lives in the South Downs National Park, will help to judge the competition for the second year. He said: “From leaving the car behind and taking the bus; to growing and enjoying amazing local food; or supporting a community event – there is so much that we can do to help keep the South Downs a special place. I’ll be looking for a winning image that not only captures a great story but also leaves me feeling inspired to get out and get involved.”

The other judges are Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, Nick Heasman, Western Area Manager for the South Downs National Park, and Doug Jones, Member of the South Downs National Park Authority.

Steve said: “This is a challenging theme so I’m expecting to see a high level of images. It takes a very creative approach to capture an image which tells a human story.

“One of the critical things is to ensure the various elements of the story are all included in a single photo. You won’t be there to tell the viewer the hiker in your photo is admiring his favourite valley that is just outside of the frame.”

Nick, a keen amateur photographer, said: “The landscapes of the South Downs National Park are as much about people as they are about place. I’m hoping to see photos which really capture the relationship between people and the land – the life in our market towns, at local festivals, working in farms and out on our footpaths.”

Information on how to enter and full terms and conditions are available at

The winner of the competition last year was a stunning photograph entitled The Downs Past and Present. It was taken by Joan Barham and depicted a downland hiker with The Lond Man of Wilmington in the background.

Elsewhere, 10 diverse projects across the National Park are to benefit from more than £31,500 funding thanks to the support of the South Downs National Park Authority’s Sustainable Community Fund.