'A Diamond Landscape' - 2019 Photo Competition




‘Mirth and Surf’ an entry in our 2017 Photo Competition taken by Pete Llewellyn capturing his son-in-law and granddaughter enjoying themselves in one of the ten designated coastal sections of the Cornwall AONB.

2019 is a very special year for the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as we celebrate the ‘Diamond Anniversary’ (60 years) of the Cornwall AONB designation under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside 1949.

Every two years the Cornwall AONB runs a photography competition to capture the very essence of what the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty represents and this year is extra special as we are looking for entries that follow the theme of ‘A Diamond Landscape – Every picture tells a story’. We are looking for some amazing entries to the photo competition that really capture the outstanding natural beauty of our designated landscape as well as including some people shots which demonstrate the important land management roles carried out by our Cornish farmers, land owners and managers.

We want you to portray what makes Cornwall AONB so special to you, whether it is the Cornish distinctiveness or our heritage assets that provide the necessary inspiration for some wonderful images.

Reginald Poad - Ancient Bluebell Woods Enys Penryn

The Cornwall AONB Unit has recently been working with the BA Applied Media students at Truro and Penwith College on a project which has encouraged them to research and consider a range of photographic methods to demonstrate a 21st century vision of the Cornwall AONB. The commercial introduction of computer-based electronic digital cameras in the 1990s has revolutionized photography. During the first decade of the 21st century, traditional film-based photochemical methods have been increasingly marginalized as the practical advantages of new technology have become widely used and the image quality of moderately priced digital cameras has continually improved. Cameras are now a standard feature on smartphones and taking pictures and instantly publishing them online has become a ubiquitous everyday practice around the world.

In thinking about bygone days we would like to encourage you to not only enter our ‘Diamond Landscape’ photography competition but also to send in any archive images you may have of the Cornwall AONB. It would be appreciated if you could forward these in a digital format for us to retain on file and also create a ‘Sixty Years of the Cornwall AONB’ exhibition at our Diamond Landscape Conference on the 23rd November 2019 to be held at the Pavilion of the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge.

Dawn Walters - Towan Beach

The photography competition will open for entries from Wednesday 1st May 2019 through to midnight on Monday 16th September. Winners will be notified by the end of September and the winning images will be published in the November edition of Cornwall Life magazine and used to showcase the people and places that make up the Duchy’s stunning landscape in future AONB publications over the next year and within future Management Plans produced by the Cornwall AONB. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place winners of the competition.

The lucky “Diamond Landscape” first prize winner will enjoy a week’s holiday for two in the beautiful self-catering holiday apartments alongside Mylor Yacht Harbour, a perfect base to escape, explore and enjoy being by the sea and immersing yourselves in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with access to quiet beaches, coves and coastal walks – yet close to the bustling historic port of Falmouth https://www.mylor.com/harbourside-holidays/
Second prize is a delicious lunch for two at St Mawes’ elegant Hotel Tresanton, overlooking St Anthony Headland and its lighthouse and where you can catch a Falriver  ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth or Truro https://tresanton.com/

Third prize gives a family water-borne access to Falmouth Harbour and the Carrick Roads up as far as Truro with a Family Falriver Visitor Mussel Card https://www.falriver.co.uk/fal-mussel-card.

For details of how to enter and full competition rules click here