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Alfred Vowles Photographic Competition

Alfred Vowles was born in 1882 and was a well-known local photographer who, until the late 1940s, devoted his life to recording the landscape, life and people of Exmoor.

For many years he ran a thriving business selling postcards of his work from a shop in Minehead, having earlier worked for Kodak in London. Alfred Vowles’ legacy is a valuable historic documentary of Exmoor and the competition’s aim is its continuation.

2024 Competition!
We are delighted to announce that this year’s competition will be judged by eminent local wildlife photographer Andrew McCarthy.
Andrew is both a photographer and a professional ecologist and has worked with wildlife for over 30 years. He has a wide range of photographic interests including landscape and travel, but now mainly focuses on nature photography working in the south-west.
He has won several photographic awards for his wildlife work, and holds a Fellowship in Natural History photography with the Royal Photographic Society. Since 2022 he has sat on their Fellowship and Associate Distinctions Judging Panel.
We will be hosting our annual awards ceremony on Thursday 14th November – 6pm at Dulverton Town Hall, where Andrew will also be giving a talk on photography with hints and tips.  Everyone is welcome, entrants and non-entrants alike.
We are very grateful to Andrew for his support.

So – are you ready to impress Andrew? We are looking for stunning photographs, regardless of subject, that capture the essence of Exmoor throughout the year in an original way. Unpublished photographs taken in previous years can be submitted, but they must have been taken in Exmoor National Park; please indicate when and where they were taken.  The closing date for submissions is midnight on 30th September 2024.

This year’s competition has three categories:

– Farming

– Wildlife

– Landscape

There will be one overall winner, as well as winners within each category. Entries for under 18s are very welcome and will be judged separately.

Images need to be submitted as jpegs of between 1-5 MB.  Please be sure to read the terms and conditions when applying.

£250 prize for the winner!

*A selection of the best photographs may be published by The Exmoor Society as 2024 Christmas cards and in a photobook.

You can view the terms and conditions here