Cotswolds Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016

Could you become Cotswolds Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016? Enter our new competition, open to amateurs of all ages, and find out.

Calling all amateur photographers! Get out your cameras and enter our new ‘Cotswolds Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016’ competition – you could win some great prizes.

To enter click here.

As part of ongoing celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), we are looking for the most captivating local landscape images. All pictures must feature a landscape within the AONB, but apart from that there are no boundaries to your creativity.

Iconic landscapes viewed under blue or stormy skies; an unusual angle on well-known countryside or a favourite vista known just to you – what will make you ‘Cotswolds Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016’?  

The competition is open to amateurs of all ages and we’ve three superb prizes:

As sponsor of the competition, award-winning boutique hotel Dormy House on the Farncombe Estate is offering a first prize of an overnight stay for two, to include dinner in the potting shed, use of Dormy House spa and full English breakfast.

Winner of the second prize will enjoy an overnight bed & breakfast stay for two in a Cosy Luxe room at The Fish Hotel, the back-to-nature bolthole also on the Farncombe Estate.

Winner of the third prize receives a place on a one-day Image Seen Cotswolds landscape photography group workshop with Cotswolds-based landscape photographer Sarah Howard. Or, if they choose, the winner gets a voucher to the value of £140 to use on another group workshop taking place around the country.  

To be in with a chance to win, simply submit up to two digital images by 11 December. Winners are announced mid-December – the perfect Christmas present!

“The Cotswolds is an expansive, beautiful place that is renowned for being one of the most quintessentially English and unspoiled regions of the UK,” says Andrew Grahame, CEO, Farncombe Estate. “Its hillsides, river valleys and charming honey-coloured villages offer so much for the photographer. We are fortunate that Dormy House enjoys some of these spectacular Cotswolds views – above the village of Broadway and over the Vale of Evesham and Welsh Hills – so we are delighted to partner with the Cotswolds AONB to sponsor ‘Cotswolds Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016’. Happy snapping and good luck to everyone who enters!”  

Sarah Howard, whose work is widely published in magazines and online, offers ten top tips for landscape photography on her website, covering topics from light and skies to telling a story with your picture – maybe you will find some tips to help inspire you before entering our competition. Sarah adds: “One of the joys of landscape photography is to be outside, to breathe fresh air, and, in the process of taking a photograph, to slow down, soak up the scenery around us, and to appreciative all its beauty.”

What better reason to grab the camera right now and enter our ‘Cotswolds Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016’ competition!

How to enter

The ‘Cotswolds Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016’ competition, run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and sponsored by Dormy House, is open to amateur photographers of all ages.

Submit: up to two digital images recently taken by you, including a sentence with each identifying when/where it was shot. Each image must feature a landscape within the Cotswolds AONB.

To enter click here.
Closing date: entries must be received by 5pm on 11 December 2016.

First prize:  Overnight stay for two people at Dormy House to include dinner in the potting shed (a £25 allocation per person), use of Dormy House spa and full English breakfast.* The winning image will be displayed at the ‘Cotswolds Inspired’ public art exhibition, hosted by the Cotswolds Conservation Board at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, 13 January–5 February 2017.

Second prize: Overnight bed & breakfast stay for two people in a Cosy Luxe room at The Fish Hotel.*
(*Prize is for a midweek [Sunday–Thursday] stay only and is subject to availability. Prize is not valid on Bank Holidays or between 23–31 December, 14 February 2017, or Cheltenham Gold Cup week 2017.)

Third prize: A place on a one-day Image Seen Cotswolds landscape photography group workshop, or a voucher to the value of £140 to be used on an alternative group workshop (not including Westonbirt or post-processing).

Judges: Andrew Grahame (CEO – Farncombe Estate, Dormy House Hotel & Spa, Foxhill Manor, The Fish Hotel); Nick Holliday (Vice Chair, Cotswolds Conservation Board); Sarah Howard (landscape photographer); Nick Turner (photographer/filmmaker) and Nicky Price from BBC Radio Gloucestershire.


Cotswolds Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 rules

1.You must enter by completing the online form here. Pictures should then be submitted by e-mail to competition@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
2.This competition is open to UK residents only.
3.There is no age restriction to this competition but entrants under 16 must have written permission from a parent or guardian accompanying their entries.
4.When submitting your entries, you must include your name, address, age (if under 16), telephone number and email address. Entries received without these details will not be included in the competition. The Cotswolds Conservation Board will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.
5.This competition is only open to amateur photographers. For the purposes of this competition, an amateur is defined as a person who earns less than 50% of their annual income through the sales of their photography.
6.The entries must be your original work and may not infringe the [work] copyright of another person.
7.The entry must not have previously won a photography competition, nor have been offered for sale.
8.Entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.
9.Entrants retain copyright in any photographs they enter into this competition. All entrants grant a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free licence to the organisers to use their entry on the competition website as well as respective Cotswold promotional & other related websites that promote tourism for the area. No fees will be payable for these uses.
10.A maximum of two entries will be accepted per person.
11.The closing date for receipt of entries is 15 December at 5pm.
12. First prize:  Overnight stay for two people at Dormy House to include dinner in the potting shed (a £25 allocation per person), use of Dormy House spa and full English breakfast.* The winning image will be displayed at the ‘Cotswolds Inspired’ public art exhibition, hosted by the Cotswolds Conservation Board at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, 13 January–5 February 2017. Second prize: Overnight bed & breakfast stay for two people in a Cosy Luxe room at The Fish Hotel.*
(*Prize is for a midweek [Sunday–Thursday] stay only and is subject to availability. Prize is not valid on Bank Holidays or between 23–31 December, 14 February 2017, or Cheltenham Gold Cup week 2017.) Third prize: A place on a one-day Image Seen Cotswolds landscape photography group workshop, or a voucher to the value of £140 to be used on an alternative group workshop (not including Westonbirt or post-processing). 13.The prize winners’ submissions will be used in the Cotswold Lion Spring/Summer 2017 edition.
14.Judging will be undertaken by Andrew Grahame (CEO – Farncombe Estate, Dormy House Hotel & Spa, Foxhill Manor, The Fish Hotel); Nick Holliday (Vice Chair, Cotswolds Conservation Board); Sarah Howard (landscape photographer); Nick Turner (photographer/filmmaker) and Nicky Price from BBC Radio Gloucestershire. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15.By taking part in the competition, you will be expected to take part in any publicity associated with the competition.
16.By submitting your photograph to the Cotswolds Conservation Board you agree to your name being published in relation to your photograph online and in all media
17.This competition is not open to any person involved in the running of the competition, or their immediate family members.
18.The Cotswolds Conservation Board reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage.
19.If a winning entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the Board reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.
20.The Cotswolds Conservation Board reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these rules or to withhold a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.