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South Downs snappers reminded of competition deadline

Posted 24 September 2012
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South Downs snappers reminded of competition deadline
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Those who like to go walking in the South Downs National Park might wish to take a camera with them as the autumnal colours emerge.

National park bosses have issued a reminder that October 15th is the final day for entries to its Life in the Landscapes competition and have noted the season offers some great prospects for those seeking a beautiful image.

The life of the people living, working and visiting the area is an important element along with the scenery, the competition rules state.

Discussing what might make for a winning picture, competition judge and western area manager for the South Downs National Park Nick Heasman said: "Dramatic autumn light makes September and October among the best months to take photos in the South Downs, but don't forget that shots of beautiful landscapes only tell half the National Park's story.

"Well be looking for pictures that capture the spirit of the people who live, work and spend their time here."

The human element is likely to be more of a part of the South Downs than any other national park, as it has an estimated residential population of 120,000, nearly three times that of the second most lived-in, the Lake District.

Having only been formed in 2010, the South Downs is Britain's newest national park and the images may offer those yet to enjoy its wonders a chance to learn more about it, whether that be its highest point at Blakedown, its 741 scheduled ancient monuments, the beauty of buildings like Arundel Castle or the coastal scenery of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs near Eastbourne.

Other judges in the competition include comedian and actior Hugh Dennis, editor ofOutdoor Photography magazine Steven Watkins and national park authority member Doug Jones.

The winner will pick up a range of photography-related goodies including a day training with landscape photographer Simon Parsons.

But the winners may also include those who view some of the best pictures and see for themselves the outdoor adventures they can enjoy in southern England's largest national park.