Alfred Vowles Photographic Competition

Alfred Vowles

Alfred Vowles was born in 1882 and was a well-known local photographer who, for over thirty years until the late 1940s, devoted his life to recording the landscape, life and people of Exmoor. He immersed himself in the established styles and processes of the day and for many years ran a thriving business selling postcards of his work from a shop in Minehead, having earlier worked for Kodak in London. Vowles was an avid follower of the hunt which he often captured with his camera, and his legacy is a most valuable document of the Exmoor of the period.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers for images taken on Exmoor in the previous two years that capture the essence of Exmoor.  There are three categories:


The competition occurs every two years, the next one closing on 31 December 2017.  The winning entry in each category will be announced in Spring 2018. A prize of £50 is awarded to each winner and the overall winner also receives a trophy, donated by Alfred Vowles family, to hold for two years. An exhibition of the winning entries, and many others, will take place at the Society’s Resource Centre in Dulverton in Spring 2018.

Entry form