Third place for shot of a surfer in Newhaven

A Newhaven man has come third in the South Downs National Park’s 2014/15 photography competition with a shot of a surfer wading into the sea at sunrise.

As well as the fine balance of the image, with Seaford Head in the background, the judges loved how Ivan Talboys captured such a personal moment.

“The previous night’s weather forecast had suggested a brief respite from the storms that had battered the coast all winter,” said Ivan.

“I initially went down to Tidemills to capture the sun rising by Seaford Head but was greeted by some glorious pink clouds and it seems I wasn’t the only one interested as about half a dozen surfers turned up to catch some morning waves.”

An ethereal photograph of a dew pond at dusk by Andy Flowerday, of Brighton, has been chosen as the winner of the National Park’s competition – taking home a first prize of £250.

A partly hidden cyclist resting in the shade of Eartham Woods came a close second. It was taken by Neil Hulme, of Worthing.

The quality of the entries was so high a shortlist of eight photos are now being opened up to a ‘people’s choice’ vote with a prize of £100.

This is the third year that the South Downs National Park photo competition has run but the quality was so high that for the first time the authority has introduced the people’s choice vote which opened on Tuesday.

If you would like to vote for your favourite picture visit www.southdowns.gov.uk/photovote, where you will be able to view the entries.