Could your photograph be the 2018 National Trust Handbook cover?

Capture a midsummer morning’s walk at a National Trust place and your photo could become our 2018 members’ Handbook cover or member card design – inspiring people to step out and find their own special moments to share in nature. Plus the two lucky winners will receive a state-of-the-art Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5m camera.

Our photo competition in partnership with Panasonic is back this year to find an inspirational photograph for the 2018 National Trust Handbook and members’ card. From rolling hills to magical forests, the judges will be seeking the shot that really captures the spirit of your outdoor adventures at National Trust places. 

Could your photograph be the one that inspires others to embark on an outdoor adventure? 

Enter our competition and your photo could feature on the Handbook or members’ card next year. 

Last year’s winning image on our 2017 members' Handbook – taken by Paul Rook at Burton Bradstock, Dorset
Two people play in the waves on the Jurassic Coast

Who can enter? 

Anyone: from smartphone snappers and keen hobbyists to fully-fledged professional photographers – whether you’re a National Trust member or not. 

The winners

There will be two winners. One winner’s photo will feature on the cover of the 2018 National Trust member’s Handbook; the other winner will have their photo printed on our 2018 member cards. Both photos will help inspire the outdoor adventures of almost five million National Trust members. 

What are we looking for?

The theme for this year’s competition is: ‘As I walked out one midsummer morning…’ 

We’re looking for images that perfectly capture the spirit of this theme, and reflect a real love for – and connection with – nature. It’s important that your photos convey what you saw and found in nature, and invite us to share the joy of that experience. 

To be in with a chance of winning, you must follow the photo spec below:

  • Your photos must be in landscape format to wrap around the front and back of the Handbook or cover the member card. For the Handbook, make sure the detail is on the right-hand side of your photo, so it can feature on the front cover
  • All photos must be taken outdoors at National Trust countryside places
  • Remember the theme: ‘As I walked out one midsummer morning…’
  • Your photos must have a resolution of at least 300dpi
  • If you choose to include people in your photo, you’ll need their written consent
  • Please don’t submit very close-up shots (eg macro shots of flowers or insects)

How to enter

  • Simply email your best photos to:
  • There’s no limit on the number of entries you can make
  • Keep exploring and sending us your shots. All entries must be received by 23:59 on the 3 September 2017 
  • Please read the terms and conditions at the bottom of this page before you enter
  • By submitting an entry, you’re confirming that you accept these terms and conditions

Enter today 

Ready to send us your shots? Remember the theme for the competition is ‘As I walked out one midsummer morning...’

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 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.