Capture the beauty of South Downs National Park during autumn in photography competition offering cash prizes

The South Downs National Park is inviting photographers to capture a beautiful scene for a chance of winning a £250 first prize.

Friday, 11th September 2020, 11:33 am
SDP Lord's Piece by Jamie Fielding SUS-201109-101617001

Jeff Travis, from the National Park, said: “Golden caramel fields, rusty red leaves, purple heathers and gorgeous pink sunsets – all the spectacular colours that make autumn special.”

As the South Downs National Park prepares to put on its annual dazzling display, people are being encouraged to capture the enchanting beauty of autumn as the deadline looms for this year’s Photography Competition.

The contest launched in June and, with the clock counting down to the deadline of October 23, the changing of the seasons is a great time to explore the National Park with a camera.

SDP Friston Forest by Sam Moore SUS-201109-101628001

The contest is offering a first prize of £250 to the amateur or professional photographer who best captures this year’s theme of ‘My tranquil haven’.

The top prize for the adult category will be £250, with a runner-up prize of £150 and third prize of £50.

There will also be a wildlife sub-category, with judges looking for images capturing the amazing wildlife of the South Downs and the winner in the adult category will receive £100.

Meanwhile, there will be two further categories for budding young photographers – 10 years and under and 11 to 17. There will be a winner for the main theme of ‘My Tranquil Haven’, as well as best wildlife image, and the winner of each of these categories will receive a Colombia outdoors rucksack and a Colombia beanie.

SDP Cowdray Ruins by Sam Moore SUS-201109-101639001

Award-winning photographers Rachael Talibart and Finn Hopson are returning once again to judge the 2020 competition and the panel welcomes acclaimed Lewes-based photographer Carlotta Luke.

Carlotta said: “I am so pleased to be part of the judging panel this year. I love the South Downs and am looking forward to seeing photos that celebrate the feeling of tranquility our national park can give us. As well as beautiful photos of the landscape and wildlife.

I would love submissions showing people engaging with and enjoying the park.

“I also cannot wait to see what the young photographers send in!”

SDP Queen Elizabeth Country Park SUS-201109-101926001

Find out more and download the entry form at

Stedham Common in September by Sam Moore SUS-201109-101605001