Celebrating 60 years of the Dorset AONB, our Landscapes for Life Photo Competition has been a wonderful way of seeing the landscapes that you value most, stunningly depicted through sunsets, sunrises, mist, rain even snow.

We are delighted to announce the winners of Youth category of the Landscapes for Life Photo Competition. Despite the pandemic hurdles of lockdowns and home-schooling thrown in their way, over 50 young people aged 18 and under entered the competition. The judges were very impressed by the standard of entries and also the variety – wide views, happy days out and quirky features all capture beautifully.

The Photo Competition has been run by the Dorset AONB Team in conjunction with Dorset Magazine and with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with special thanks to judges Helen Stiles (Dorset Magazine), Matt Pinner (Photographer) and Tom Munro (Dorset AONB Team).

Winner: Lulu Fountain, age 16

Lulu Fountain is the winner of the Landscapes for Life Photo Competition 2020 with this image of Grange Arch, with the Purbeck landscape in the distance. The judges were very impressed by the imaginative and accurate framing of this shot and also commended Lulu on the quality of the other images submitted.

Blue Pool (c) Evie Pickford Youth Runner Up 2020

Runner Up: Evie Pickford, age 14

This intriguing photo at Blue Pool captured the judges attention, with the focus on the gnarled fence post in the foreground but the person in the background also capturing the eye. Evie also entered a range of interestingly shot images into the competition.

Runner Up: Oscar de Wit, age 18

The judges loved the sheer joy captured in this photo by Oscar de Wit, taken at Swyre Head in Purbeck. Many of us feel like this when we get outdoors but few actually put our emotions into action like this! Oscar also entered many high quality photos.

To support these budding young photographers, we have a special prize for the winner of the Youth Category – a Kodak PixPro AZ901 camera – and Runner Up Prizes of vouchers for photographic equipment.

Highly Commended Entries

The judges selected a further 6 images as Highly Commended, all showing the landscape off in interesting ways:

Dancing Ledge (c) Charlotte Dickin, age 14
River Frome at Wareham (c) Helen Turnock, age 16
Sydling (c) Lulu Fountain, age 16
Creech Heath (c) Henry Hollard, age 9
Corfe Castle (c) Oscar de Wit, age 18
Frampton (c) Lulu Fountain, age 16

Commended Entries

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

  • Winterborne Came (c) James Beal-Jones
  • Durdle Door (c) Matthew Donkin-Turnball
  • Kimmeridge Bay Stones (c) Maisie Evans
  • Kimmeridge Bay (c) Maisie Evans
  • Frampton Tree (c) Lulu Fountain
  • Scabious (c) Lulu Fountain
  • Maiden Castle (c) Lulu Fountain
  • Views of the AONB from Castle Cove (c) Bruno Greenfield
  • Studland Trees (c) Amelie Hartstone
  • Winterbourne (c) Amelie Hartstone
  • Hambledon Hill (c) Alyssa King
  • Abbotsbury (c) Theo Knight
  • Ferns at Blue Pool (c) Evie Pickford
  • Charmouth (c) Tom Smith
  • Scotland Heath (c) Oscar de Wit
  • Tilly Whim Caves (c) Oscar de Wit
  • Winspit (c) Oscar de Wit
  • Bowleaze (c) Erin Gowers, unfortunately not in the AONB but judges wanted to commend this image

Landscapes for Life Exhibition

We are delighted that all the winning youth entries listed above together with 60 photos from the Open category will form the next version of the Landscapes for Life Exhibition which will be shown at Dorset County Hospital 14th April  – 13th July 2021.

Take a look at the winners of the Open category of the Landscapes for Life Photo Competition, announced this summer.

Winterbourne Trees (c) Amelie Hartstone

A BIG THANK YOU to all our young photographers

Many thanks to all the young photographers who entered this photo competition. The judges really were bowled over by the amazing variety of landscapes captured and loved some of the quirky details you have spotted too. We’ve really enjoyed seeing the landscape through your young eyes and hope you continue to get out and about in the special places on your doorstep.