These are the winning snaps from the South Downs National Park’s annual photo competition

A stunningly serene picture of walkers on a sunny winter’s day is the winner of the South Downs National Park’s Annual Photo Competition.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 4:26 pm

Chanctonbury Ring by Tim Kahane from West Chiltington, took the top spot in the popular photography contest, which attracted over 400 entries, a record-breaking number for the competition.

The theme for this year was My Tranquil Haven and judges agreed that Tim’s peaceful photograph met the brief perfectly, capturing a moment of serenity amid the uncertainty of 2020.

The competition included a separate category for best wildlife image – with first place going to Winter Runner, an extraordinary photograph by Richard Murray, from Waterlooville, of a hare sprinting across a snowy field in the South Downs.

Second place in the My Tranquil Haven category went to Dawn over the River Arun, taken by Lindsey Chadwick, from London, while third place was awarded to Shelter from the Sun, taken by Botond Adorjan, from Bognor Regis.

The judging panel also highly-commended four images: Rivers of Mist by Stuart Hutchinson; Sunrise through the wildflowers by Shelley Cornes; Reflected Little Egret by John Lauper and Wheat Ear by William Johns-Warner.

All the winning and commended images, as well as 13 other shortlisted images, will now be put forward to the People’s Choice. People can vote online for their favourite photograph and the winning photographer will receive £100. The online poll closes at midnight on January 31. Visit www.southdowns.gov.uk to cast your vote.

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