Love your parks

Thank you to all of you who entered our 2021 competition.  We were staggered by the quality and huge variety of photos that you sent us and it made the judging incredibly difficult.

A very big congratulations to our winners. Find out more about each of them, below, and scroll down to our gallery to see the winning photos in a larger size and more detail.

Photographic Comp
Group 4

Park Wildlife:
Entries in this category were extremely high and the judges had a hard time choosing their favourite photo. In the end, they have awarded the overall prize to Janet Panter for two of her photographs: a kingfisher beautifully captured with a fish, taken at the River Stour near Kingfisher Barn, and a six-spot burnet moth feeding on common knapweed in the Holes Bay nature reserve. Janet wins a guided nature walk, kindly donated by local wildlife expert Stuart Clarke:     

Park Plants:
No two parks are the same and your photos showed the vast array of plants that we’re able to see and enjoy. The winner of this category is Stephen Baker who beautifully captured this vibrant display of yellow rudbeckias in the quiet garden at Poole Park:  Close up of yellow flower

Park Play
We received some wonderful images showing you and your friends, family and pets enjoying your park. Our winner in this category, Olive Scott-Morley, spotted some wonderful pavement art in Poole Park, showing both her creativity and that of the pavement artist:

What A Park Means To Me
This winning entry from Pauline Guppy, taken in Bournemouth’s Upper Gardens, is really evocative. The judges loved the light streaming through the branches and felt it really conveyed emotion and personal reflection:

Under 18’s
The judges said that the calibre of entrants in this category was really high, but the overall winner is Aimee Llewellyn for her wonderful photo of a squirrel in Bournemouth Gardens. The judges loved the light through its fur and the glint in its eyes:

Under 11’s
We had two winners in this category, Hannah Adams and Tuesday Phillips, who both captured young children having fun – one in the sandpit at Poole Park and one in the play area at Littledown:

child in dandpit       

The judges also highly commended three entrants for their beautiful photographs, which so nearly won:  Aneurin Gough’s photo of a swan taken in a misty Poole Park, the close-up detail of a ladybird on wildflowers taken by Tuesday Phillips at Littledown, and the extraordinary detail in this photo of a meadow brown butterfly, taken by Cobie Worthy in Kings Park:

       Ladybird on wild flower       Cobie Worthy Butterfly in Kings Park



Congratulations to our winning photographers: