2018 National Trust Handbook photography competition

2018 Members Handbook Photo competition winner

We are pleased to announce the selection of the 2018 National Trust Handbook and member card photography competition winners. One photo will feature on the cover of the 2018 National Trust member’s Handbook and the other winner will have their photo printed on our 2018 member card.

We received more than 7,000 entries for our search for the perfect image and after some deliberating by our judging panel; the winners and runners have now been chosen and announced.

Want to enter the 2019 photo competition? Find out how

2018 National Trust member’s Handbook cover

  • Winner – George Evans (2018 Handbook winning photograph pictured above)
    Image of Llyn Dinas, Craflwyn and Beddgelert

  • Runner up - Jules Hammond
    Image of St Cuthbert's Cave, Northumberland Coast

The judges felt George’s beautiful image really stood out and emphasises the outdoor wonders to be discovered at the National Trust places.

'The photograph was taken at Llyn Dinas just outside Beddgelert. I was staying at Cae Du campsite a short walk away. At 4am I forced myself out of my sleeping bag and walked the mile to the Beddgelert end of Llyn Dinas to wait for the sunrise but I didn't like the composition and decided to walk around the edge of the lake in the dark to find something better and stumbled upon this lone tree and boulder purely by chance in the half-light whilst ankle deep in wet boggy ground. I love this image so much that it hangs on my living room wall.' George Evans on his winning photo

2018 member card winning image taken by Ian Mayou at West Pentire, Crantock Beach
2018 card winner, Ian Mayou, West Pentire, Crantock Beach
2018 member card winning image taken by Ian Mayou at West Pentire, Crantock Beach

2018 member cards

  • Winner - Ian Mayou (2018 member card winning image pictured above)
    Image of West Pentire, Crantock Beach
  • Runner up - Sue Rowlands
    Image of Cotehele

Ian’s winning image inspired the judges with its dynamic, colourful and happy appeal; encouraging them to discover more.

'West Pentire is a place I’d seen many an image of the poppy fields on social media etc but I’d recently purchased a new lens which I’d yet to try so I thought I’d get it out of the camera bag an see if I could capture the poppies  from a different perspective so I lay on the ground between the poppy’s and shot through them. I was getting quite a few strange looks from the other photographers wondering what I was doing but I knew I’d captured something special and different of the poppy fields.' Ian Mayou on his winning image

The winners have been notified and will each receive a Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5m camera. The two runners up will receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80K.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter their fantastic photographs and thank Panasonic for supporting the competition.


The judging panel consisted of:

  • Jackie Jordan – Director of Brand, Marketing and Supporter Development, National Trust (Lead Judge)
  • Craig Robson – Senior Design and Visual Identity Manager, National Trust
  • Andrew Butler – Professional landscape and architectural photographer
  • Jose Miguel Sokoloff – Chief Creative Officer at Mullen Lowe Group  
  • David Lindo – (AKA The Urban Birder), Broadcaster, Writer, Naturalist and Photographer

They had the difficult job of selecting a winner from the shortlist. With so many fantastic photographs to choose from, it was very hard to whittle down the thousands of entries to just two.

Runners up in the Handbook and member card competition

Handbook and Member Card 2018 Photography Competition Terms and Conditions

1.  This competition is open to all residents of the UK, except for employees of the National Trust, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.
2.  All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all terms and conditions are adhered to. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions. 
3.  The judges’ decisions (whether in relation to determining any shortlists, runners up, or winners) are final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding such decisions.
4.  Entries should be submitted via email to Handbook2018@nationaltrust.org.uk only. Image files (from both digital cameras and smartphones) must be a landscape image, suitable to wrap the cover of a book or one side of a membership card, a minimum of 300dpi and 4000 pixels in length as compressed jpeg file of maximum 10Mb. Any number of images may be submitted. Entrants must supply their name, email address and where the image was taken on the email. We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.
5.  All entries must be received by 23:59 on the 3 September 2017. Late, incomplete or corrupt entries will not be accepted.
6.  Entrants under the age of 16 must obtain the consent of a parent or guardian prior to submitting any images. 
7.  All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere (excluding social media) or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. 
8.  All images entered must reflect this year’s competition theme: ‘As I walked out one midsummer morning...’.  
9.  The pictures must be taken on National Trust land.
10.  It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the consent of anyone who is identifiable, or owns any property, in that image or the consent of their parent/guardian if they are under 16 and that they have been advised of the purpose of the submission and that their photograph may be published by the National Trust. Should the image be shortlisted, you will be contacted to provide a written consent for use by the individual (or parent). The photograph can only go through to judging for the shortlist with this consent.
11.  Entrants must ensure that the photographs they are submitting are their own work, that they own the copyright for them and that they do not infringe the copyright or other rights of any third party or any laws.
12.  Entrants will retain copyright and moral rights in their submitted images however, by entering, all entrants: 
(a) grant the National Trust non-exclusive rights to use the images on the cover or within the 2018 National Trust Member Handbook and/or on the 2018 National Trust member card.
(b) grant the National Trust non-exclusive rights to use the images to promote the competition the images were submitted to or for similar future competitions within a five year period of the winners of the competition being announced; 

(c) agree that the uses referred to at Clauses 12(a) and 12(b) above may include publishing, displaying or otherwise reproducing the images (whether on the internet, in the National Trust Magazine, in exhibitions or otherwise) provided such use is for the purposes of promoting the competition or similar future competitions only; and
(d) agree that the National Trust may contact them using the contact details they provide to discuss potential use of the images beyond promotion of the competition. Such discussion and negotiation will be independent from the competition and will not affect entrants’ chances of winning. 
13.  The National Trust will endeavour to credit the photographer whenever his or her image is used and published by the National Trust.
14.  The judging for the handbook and membership card will be to determine the most visually appealing interpretations of this year’s competition theme.
15.  The two winners and two runners-up will be notified by email by the 31 October 2017. A list of the winners and runners-up will be on the National Trust website or available from the National Trust Supporter Service Centre from 1 November 2017. If a winner cannot be contacted or is not available, the National Trust reserves the right to select the first runner-up from the remaining shortlisted entries as the winner. 
16.  The overall winners of the Handbook and Member Card 2018 Photography Competition will see their image printed as the cover for the 2018 Handbook or the 2018 member cards – mailed to National Trust members. In addition, they will receive a Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5M camera provided by our sponsors, Panasonic. Two runners-up will each receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80K, also provided by our sponsor Panasonic. The prizes as described are available on the date of publication. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
17.  The winners may be required to take part in publicity and their name and county may be published on the National Trust website, in the National Trust Magazine and other National Trust publications. 
18.  Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the National Trust and accordingly the National Trust may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the promoter as a result thereof.
19.  English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.


Meet our 2017 photo competition winner

Julia Bradbury talks to Paul Rook, who was the winner of the first ever National Trust, Handbook photograph competition. Paul talks about the picture and what it means to him to win.