Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis will help to judge a photo competition challenging people to capture ‘Life in our Landscapes’ in the South Downs National Park this summer.
Hugh Dennis, who lives in the South Downs National Park, said: “The spectacular landscapes of the South Downs only exist because of the people who have shaped them over the past 6,000 years. I’ll be looking for a winning image that captures a story of the people who live, work and visit here today.”
Prizes for the competition, launched by the South Downs National Park, include £150 in vouchers to spend at Petersfield Photographic, a year’s subscription to Outdoor Photography magazine and a day of landscape photography training with photographer Simon Parsons.
The other judges are Steven 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 Watkins, whose office is based in the South Downs National Park said: “It takes a different creative approach to capture an image of life on a farm, in a market town or of a paraglider soaring over the hills than it does to photograph an empty landscape.
“My tips would be to clearly define your main subject and then make that the most important element; and wait for a telling moment to press the shutter button – it could be the turn of a head, a smile, a person walking by or the paraglider executing a steep turn. My winning shot will tell the story of when people and landscape come together.”
Nick Heasman, Western Area Manager for the South Downs National Park and a keen amateur photographer said:
“The landscapes of the South Downs National Park are as much about people as they are about place. I can't wait to see images showing the relationship between man and the land, capturing tales of our rich cultural heritage, community pride, enterprise and recreation – the life in our market towns, at local festivals, working in farms and out on our footpaths.”
The competition closes on 15 October 2012. Information on how to enter and full terms and conditions are available at www.southdowns.gov.uk/photocomp2012.
Published 26th July 2012
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