Take a Dorset View Photo Competition Results!

We all have our own take on what is special about Dorset. Often, top of that list is a stunning landscape that people hold dear to them.

During 2023 we partnered up with Dorset Magazine,  to open the ‘Take a Dorset View’ Photo Competition and invited people to share their view of what makes Dorset so special.

With almost 700 photos entered by 126 photographers, the judges had a very difficult job choosing from such a wonderful selection of Dorset views. However, after much deliberation, we are delighted to announce the Winners of the Open and Youth Categories, who will receive vouchers totalling over £500, with kind support from Castle Cameras.

‘Take a Dorset View’ photo competition aimed to celebrate the outstanding landscapes of Dorset so the story doesn’t end here! By showcasing the winning images in the Dorset magazine 2024 calendar, a touring exhibition and new Explore leaflet, we look forward to sharing the love for Dorset’s landscapes far and wide over the coming year.

‘Take a Dorset View’ calendar will be free with the December issue of Dorset Magazine. Follow us on social media for news of the touring exhibition in 2024.

WINNER: From Colmers Hill (c) Phil George

Open Winner: Phil George

Phil lives in Bothenhampton and has been capturing the beauty of Dorset in photographs since moving here five years ago.

“Colmers Hill in Symondsbury is literally the backdrop to my life these days. It is pretty much the first thing I see everyday as our house looks straight across Bridport towards this iconic landmark. It is the subject of many, many pictures but not so much a location to take photographs from. As you can see it has commanding views for miles in the right conditions and with the added bonus of Digitalis season, what’s not to love? It is even more special to me now, as my daughter got married in St John the Baptist church, Symondsbury, featured in the picture, in June 23.”

Runner Up: Mark North

Mark lives in Weymouth and has a interest in Local History, Natural History and Folklore and works at Dorset Museum.

“Living close to the South Dorset Ridgeway, I enjoy capturing the many moods of this ancient and enchanting landscape. Culliford Tree has always been a place with an air of mystery. This distinctive landmark, often referred to as the ‘Singing Barrow’ due to its association with folklore and the fairy realm, is, in fact, a Bronze Age burial mound. Additionally, during the medieval era, it served as a meeting point or moot, further enriching its historical significance.”

Ringstead Sunset by Jane Woolley

Runner Up: Jane Woolley

Jayne lives in the village of Wool with her family where she has lived for 8 years after moving from Cheshire. The photo was taken at sunset whilst enjoying a family picnic introducing visiting family members to our beautiful area.

“The picture shows my two daughters, my two granddaughters and my two nephews all enjoying the area.”

River Brit (c) Henry Pike, Youth Winner, Take a Dorset View


Have a look at our YOUTH category Winner, Runner-Ups and Commended entries to the Take a Dorset View photo competition, showcased on their own page.

This is the winning image, taken by Henry Pike.

Open Category Highly Commended Entries

Our 9 Open Category Highly Commended entries will also be featured in the Dorset Magazine 2024 calendar (free in the December 2023 issue) – the judges were pleased to see Dorset looking so stunning in all four seasons:

Winter sunrise from Hod Hill (c) Pat Catley
Corfe Castle (c) Zoe Parry
Kimmeridge Bay Sunset (c) Keith Simpson
Osmington Mills (c) Tanya Budd
Chapmans Pool (c) Al Morton
Okeford Fitzpaine (c) Susan Ward
Dancing Ledge (c) Nigel Gidney
Burstock from Pilsdon Pen in Winter (c) Tony Gill
Durdle Door Sunset (c) Keith Simpson


We would also like to give a special mention to the 22 Commended entries which caught the eye of the judges and will also be featured in the exhibition:

  • Michael Brown: Passing the Lighthouse, Anvil Point
  • Sarah Colwell: Land of the Silver Birch, Arne
  • Jessica Cooper-Dawkins: Peeping Sheep, Puncknowle
  • David FitzJohn: Windy Day on Pilsdon Pen
  • Nigel Gidney: Corfe Castle, Evening over St Edwards
  • Alex Haye: Melbury Sampford
  • Graham Herbert: Black Down Woods Golden Tree
  • Daniel Howe: Durdle Door Beach
  • Sally Lewis: Lyme Regis Rainbow
  • Andy Lyons: Stair Hole,Lulworth
  • Andy Lyons: Kimmeridge Bay Under The Stars
  • Clare Matheson: A view from Colmers Hill
  • Richard Murgatroyd: West Bay From Above
  • Jonathan North: Old Parkland at Walditch
  • Guy Pool: Eggardon Hillfort From The Air
  • Keith Simpson: Corfe Castle Sunrising
  • Nigel Stride: Milton Abbey School
  • Nigel Stride: Swyre Head
  • Shirley Swaine: Durdle Door
  • Gillian Thomas: Bluebells, Bulbarrow
  • Susan Ward: Lyme Regis Harbour
  • Susan Ward: Lyme Regis Cobb
  • Anthony Young: Studland Beach

Take a Dorset View Exhibition

The exhibition will be shown at Dorset County Hospital in the Spring and the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Country Park in the Autumn – keep an eye on our social media posts for details!