Take a Dorset View YOUTH category winners

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 special.

With almost 700 photos entered by 126 photographers, the judges had a very difficult job of choosing from such a wonderful selection of Dorset views. However, after much deliberation, we are delighted to announce these Youth Category Winner and Runner Ups, who will all receive vouchers totalling £200 kindly donated by 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 these winning images in the a touring exhibition, we look forward to sharing the love for Dorset’s landscapes far and wide over the coming year – follow us on social media for news of the touring exhibition in 2024.

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


The judges loved the way the eye was drawn into the photo by the sunlight picking out riffles in the water and the leaves on branches overhanging the river.

“The photo really captured the atmosphere of a slow, languid river on a hot sunny day.”

Henry is 17 and wins £100 vouchers from Castle Cameras.

Dragonfly at Arne (c) Macy Lambard

RUNNER UP: Macy Lambard

The judges were really impressed by the textures in this photo – both the detail of the dragonfly and the grain of the wood.

“Well done for having the patience and steady hand to capture this busy creature!”

Macy is 15 and wins £50 vouchers from Castle Cameras.

Brownsea Island, New Beginnings (c) Mia Lyon


The judges really enjoyed the framing of this photo, the way the old brick wall contrasts so well with the verdant vegetation beyond.

“This photo made us feel like we wanted to step through the doorway into the lush world beyond.”

Mia is 12 and wins £50 vouchers from Castle Cameras.


The judges were delighted with the Youth entries, finding it a real pleasure to see the landscape through fresh eyes. Have a look below at the very different views of Dorset  – some classic landscapes, textural close ups and a bit of humour too.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Chesil View, Abotsbury (c) Liam Heaton (age 16)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Coppet Hill Sunflower and Bee (c) Sebastian Kingston (age 9)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Corfe Castle (c) Hayden Prewett, (age 14)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: No Eyed Deer, Arne (c) Alfie Borrett (age 16)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Durdle Door Beach (c) Amelia Hartley Baker (age 18)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Thriving and Surviving, Brownsea Island (c) Mia Lyon (age 12)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Walking on Water (c) Ferne Grice (age 16)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Swans (c) Amelia Hartley Baker (age 18)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Blue Pool (c) Hayden Prewett (age 14)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Double Sea Rainbow, Swanage (c) Liam Heaton (age 16)


We would also like to give a special mention to the Commended entries which caught the eye of the judges:

  • Alfie Borrett: A castle view, Corfe Castle
  • Tilly Canning: As high as the hills and as low as the tideSt Aldhelm’s Head
  • Tilly Canning: Red sky at night is a shepherd’s delight, Swanage beach
  • Kamil Chaml: View from Thorncombe woods
  • Macy Lambard: Mesmerising Mill, Corfe Castle
  • Layla Lyon: Beginnings, Brownsea Island
  • Toby Matterface: West Bay wings

And thanks to Jessica Brookes for entering some great photos, which were sadly outside the AONB area. 

Burstock from Pilsdon Pen in Winter (c) Tony Gill


Have a look at our OPEN category Winner, Runner-Ups and Commended entries to the Take a Dorset View photo competition 2023.

This misty view from Pilsdon Pen was taken by Tony Gill.