Site Seeing1Almost 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 Colmers Hill Sunset By James Loveridge
    WINNER of DORSET AONB category: JAMES LOVERIDGE, Colmers Hill Sunset


WINNER Michael Brown Hellstone LR


Runner Up entries, Dorset AONB category:

RUNNER UP Owen Vachell White Nothe 300


RUNNER UP Paul Haynes Stormy Beach at Eype 300














RUNNER UP Rosie Mathisen The River Brit at West Bay looking towards Colmers Hill 300







  • 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:

 RUNNER UP Tony Gill Came Down LR 300

RUNNER UP Rosie Mathisen St Catherines and Abbotsbury Village LR 300













  • 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


Commended entries

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.

A survey has revealed that Golden Cap is people’s favourite place in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The survey, conducted by the Dorset AONB Partnership, also reveals that the natural beauty of the countryside is what people like most about the area.

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