Jurassic Coast image wins photo competition

Two people play in the waves on the Jurassic Coast

We received an overwhelming response to our photo competition with over 8,000 entries. Each photo received was carefully considered by our judges who were really impressed by the high standard of entries. We are delighted to announce that the winner is Paul Rook and his image of the Jurassic coast (above) will feature on our 2017 Handbook.

The judging panel included presenter Julia Bradbury, creative director of 18feet and rising Anna Carpen, landscape photographer Andrew Butler and the National Trust’s Sue Wilkinson and Craig Robson.

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They felt that Paul's image stood out for its inspiring message; to go outside, explore and build memories. 

‘It is very different from the usual Handbook cover image, yet is ironically National Trust. Whilst it is not the grand landscape, it inspires the viewer to take action – get out and explore, build memories. 

'This image really captured the moment – it shows something that everyone has experienced at some time. The judges particularly liked the sense of joy and playfulness captured – the sense of British eccentricity.

'It’s also full of action – the foam of the rushing wave is beautifully caught, the couple leaping out of the way of the water and the retreating dog.’

From left: Craig Robson, Anna Carpen, Andrew Butler, Julia Bradbury and Sue Wilkinson
Judges holding winning images
From left: Craig Robson, Anna Carpen, Andrew Butler, Julia Bradbury and Sue Wilkinson

The judges also selected three runners-up, each winning a Panasonic camera. We’d like to thank Panasonic for supporting the competition.


The competition has been so successful that we aim to run it again in 2017 for the 2018 Handbook cover – watch out for further details on the web in the late Spring 2017.