Action in rural Sussex – Photography Competition 2021

Take part in our photo competition showcasing the beauty of Sussex’s Wonderful Woodlands and how people enjoy and get to know the woods.

We want to see the woods come to life! So whether your focus is on beautiful wildlife or on people – we are looking for photos that help us see our wonderful woodland in a completely new way.

Win family days out, signed copies of books and much more! See below for details. 

Our judges will be looking for imaginative, beautiful images that capture the vibrant woodlands within Sussex and the community spirit that weaves throughout these areas. We want to see you out there getting involved with nature and the woods!


This competition is open to everyone, so grab your friends, your family or take a solo trip to one of the many beautiful woods Sussex has to offer. Don’t know the woods very well? If you are looking for a new wood to visit click here for a handy guide to woods across the county.

Important Information

  • The competition will be open until Sunday 28th November 2021.
  • Entry is free.
  • You must submit a photograph AND entry form to enter the competition (see link below)
  • You can only submit one photograph.
  • The picture should have been taken in 2021 and not have been awarded any prizes previously.
  • The theme for this photo competition is Sussex’s Wonderful Woodlands.
  • There will be three age categories to enter: under 10s, 11-17 and 18+.
  • By submitting a photograph to the competition you are therefore accepting the Terms and Conditions (see below)

How to enter

  1. Take a beautiful photograph that you would like to enter into the competition.
  2. Click the link below.
  3. Complete the entry form with your information and upload your photograph.

Click Here to Complete the Entry Form and Submit your Photo


Age 10 and under

1st prize- family day out at Fishers Farm Park

2nd prize- The Secret Life of Trees by Moira Butterfield

3rd prize- wildflower seed packets

Age 11 to 17

1st prize- family day out at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre

2nd prize- signed copy This Land is Our Land by Marion Shoard

3rd prize- wildflower seed packets

Age 18+

1st prize- family day out at the Sussex Prairie Gardens

2nd prize- signed copy Wanderland by Jini Reddy

3rd prize- wildflower seed packets

Technical Stuff

  • Your image can be either landscape or portrait
  • It must be a digital image saved as a JPEG file
  • Choose the highest resolution possible
  • Images must be at least 1MB in file size (maximum file size is 16MB)

The Judges

We are lucky to have three wonderful judges for our photography competition.

Carlotta Luke is a Lewes based professional photographer. She specialises in fine art cyanotypes, architecture, documentary, work environments, and environmental portraits.

Shane Stanbridge has been a keen wildlife photographer for the last 10 years. He loves spending his free time out with his camera photographing wildlife and being around nature. Last year one of Shane’s photographs was selected to feature in this year’s BBC Countryfile Calendar and also won judge’s favourite.

Steve Lewis is a photographer who worked in developing countries for charities such as Save The Children and Christian Aid. Last year he published ‘Our Street In Lockdown’, documenting the pandemic in Lewes. Now working for the Lost Woods Team at AirS, Steve knows Sussex well and has a special interest in encouraging a wide range of activities in the woods, to protect our beautiful woods for the long term.

Terms and Conditions

Click here to read our Terms and Conditions

We can’t wait to see your beautiful photographs. Good luck everyone!

The winners will be announced and contacted by Friday 10th December 2021. Keep up to date by following Action in Rural Sussex’s social media pages here:

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