Almost half of Dorset is officially recognised as OUTSTANDING - an astonishing mix of beautiful landscapes and great views round every corner.
We like to shout about how great this landscape is but as pictures speak louder than words, we launched the 2016 Site Seeing photo competition to find some great new images .. and photographers too!
Over 300 photos were entered into Site Seeing, by over 100 photographers, so we had a difficult job to choose the Winners and Runners Up. Sue Dampney, Dorset AONB Team said 'All the entries really captured the Dorset landscape and were as different as the landscape itself! It was lovely to get a taste of the places that people feel are special. We engaged a professional photographer to help choose the winners as it was too difficult a job to do ourselves - the range and quality of entries was outstanding.'
And the winners are ...
WINNER of DORSET AONB category: JAMES LOVERIDGE, Colmers Hill Sunset
WINNER of SOUTH DORSET RIDGEWAY category: MIKE BROWN, Hellstone
Runner Up entries, Dorset AONB category:
- OWEN VACHELL: White Nothe
- PAUL HAYNES:Stormy Beach at Eype
- ROSIE MATHISEN: The River Brit at West Bay looking towards Colmer's Hill
Runners Up: South Dorset Ridgeway category:
- TONY GILL: Came Down
- ROSIE MATHISON: St Catherine's and Abbotsbury Village
Highly Commended entries
AONB category: Martin Dolan, Doug Chalk, Andy Lyons, Michael Brown, Owen Vachell and Paul Haynes
South Dorset Ridgeway category: Mark Pike, Mike Cowley and Rosie Mathison
AONB category: Adrian Trenholme, Gareth James, Gerry White, Ian Perkins, Martin Dolan, Lyn Newnham, Matt Redding, Mike Boss, Andy Lyons, Paul Dimarco, Paul Haynes, Rhona Smith, Sedat Ozkanca and Ava Fernandez
South Dorset Ridgeway category: Greg White, Julia Foggo, James Loveridge, Paul Haynes, Phil Bardswell, Richard Beech, Rod Courtman, Stephen Hangar, Tony Gill and Yvonne Blackborough
The Winners, runner ups, Highly Commended and Commended entries were exhibited at Durlston Castle, Dorset County Hospital and Martinstown Village Hall and received much admiration! We will continue to use entry images in our promotional work, such as our Annual Review.