'Lazy Summer' photography competition at Polesden Lacey

A red admiral butteryfly sitting on some orange flowers

Summer is here and that means it’s time for Polesden Lacey’s annual photography competition. This year we’re asking you to send us your best shots on the theme ‘Lazy Summer’.

What does ‘Lazy Summer’ mean to you?

What do you love best about a lazy summer afternoon? Perhaps it’s something as simple as sitting in a deckchair, licking a scoop of rum and raisin before it melts in the sun. Could it be the drowsy sound of a bumblebee making its way from bloom to bloom laden with pollen? Or maybe it’s the feel of fresh green grass under bare feet, finally free from the boots they’ve worn all winter.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, we’d recommend a visit to Polesden Lacey, that way you’re certain to find your lazy summer inspiration.
The herbaceous borders in all their glory.
A view of the blooming herbaceous borders at Polesden Lacey looking onto the corner of the house.
The herbaceous borders in all their glory.

How to enter

Each person is allowed to submit up to two entries to the ‘Lazy Summer’ photography competition.
You can submit your entries by following us on Facebook and posting your photos on our wall with the heading ‘Lazy Summer’ by Sunday 31 July 2016. Click here for our Facebook page.
For those who don’t use Facebook, you’re still more than welcome to enter by emailing your photos to camilla.morgan@nationaltrust.org.uk.
A 2015 photography competition finalist
A pile of yellow and black binoculars
A 2015 photography competition finalist

What do I win?

A panel of judges from the Polesden Lacey team will select ten finalist images and, of these, one person will be crowned Polesden Lacey ‘Photographer of the Year 2016’.
Our ten finalists, including the winner, will have their work enlarged and displayed in the grounds at Polesden Lacey as part of our autumn photography exhibition in September.
Each finalist will receive a beautiful commemorative prize, while the winner will receive our ‘Photographer of the Year 2016’ trophy, specially commissioned and designed by Jo Downs glass.

Young photographers

Last year two of our finalist entries were taken by photographers under the age of 18. We believe this goes to show that some of our young photographers are just as talented as those who’ve been capturing wonderful photographs for 40 years or more. 
This is why we don’t have a separate competition for our younger competitors. 

The importance of photo consent

This year we’re accepting photographs that depict people. However, we urge you to get permission for any individual who may appear in your entries. 
If you are selected as a finalist, you will be asked to supply a model release form signed by any individual who appears in your winning entry. Please bear this in mind to avoid disappointment.
Take in the striking colours along the double herbaceous borders
A section of the herbaceous border at Polesden Lacey
Take in the striking colours along the double herbaceous borders

Terms and conditions

It's a good idea to read our terms and conditions before entering, to ensure that your entries meet the required standards for the competition. The article also contains more information about the process for finalists and winners.

Click here for our full terms and conditions article.