Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The standard of the competition was exceptionally high.
‘By exhibiting the winners and runners-up we hope to inspire more people to explore the New Forest and to take in its “special qualities”. Taking pictures enables you to stop and take in your surroundings. You might have visited a place many times before but stopping to take a picture might show you something new and interesting.’
To celebrate the Olympic Games coming to London in 2012 the 2011/12 competition has a special Olympic theme with the categories of gold, silver and bronze.
So your photograph, painting, sculpture, story or poem of the New Forest National Park might feature golden sunsets, sliver light on water, bronze autumn leaves or New Forest ponies in early morning light
There is total prize-fund of £1,000:
■First prize £500 vouchers
■Second £250 vouchers
■Third of £150 vouchers
■Best under-16 entry £100 vouchers
For more information visit http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/
The exhibition at Moors Valley finishes on 15 January 2011.
Notes to Editor:
Protect - Enjoy - Prosper
The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:
■Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
■Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.
We also have a duty to:
■Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.
The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.
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The New Forest National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire; it is famous for its stunning landscapes,wildlife,coastline & picturesque villages. It is the eighth national park in England and the first in the south-east to be created for nearly 50yrs.