Jurassic Coast Award 2013 – Photography Competition

View the online gallery of the winning and shortlisted entries.

The 2013 Jurassic Coast Award was a competition to find stunning new photographs of the Jurassic Coast. Most of the 1200 entries received came from the people of Dorset and Devon but entries arrived from all over England as well as from Germany and Italy! The competition aimed to celebrate the internationally recognised Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site (The Jurassic Coast) and was endorsed by the Jurassic Coast Trust. Entrants took their cameras to the coast at all times of the day and night and in all weathers. They went alone or with their children and dogs, they hunted for fossils or made their own sand and stone sculptures. They scuba-dived, took a boat onto the water or even took to the sky to capture the unique visual appeal of the coastline in all its aspects and changeable character.


Comments received with the entries included:

I really enjoyed looking back over my Jurassic coast walk photographs.

I am a ceramic artist who uses the Jurassic Coast often as inspiration.

It has inspired my husband, my 13-year-old daughter and myself to have a wonderful time exploring our beautiful coastline and to learn more about it, thank you! My daughter's just in the process of taking her options at school and has been helped with her choices by this great project. Along with the three sciences she's now been inspired to study both geography and photography, so thank you very much for your help – you may very well have assisted in some very important life choices!

From Leverkusen, Germany: 'all shots were made during our family holiday in 2012, thank you for the chance to take part in this'

Myself and a friend took an adventurous walk recently to capture our view of the Jurassic coast. We had a great time and both love and appreciate such a beautiful place. I love wildlife, art and colours in nature so jumped at the opportunity of entering your competition and sharing our day.

These places are special to me as I spent a lot of childhood hours at both locations (Durdle Door and Chapman's Pool) and still walk there regularly.

All the photographs were taken whilst enjoying family times on and around the coast. They were not taken specially for any competition, but simply mean so much to me and my family since we moved here in 2008.

The free-to-enter competition, sponsored by the Fine Family Foundation was open to all ages with a cash prize fund. The competition was judged by a panel led by photographers Ben Osborne, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007, and Joe Cornish, one of Britain's most celebrated landscape photographers.

Images were submitted in three categories, 'My special place', 'Point in time' and 'Close up coast'.

We would like to thank all of those who entered the competition.

Exhibition Venues

The competition is supported by Dorset Wildlife Trust with winning entries displayed at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre from the 29th March to 19th April.

Dorset Countryside will host an exhibition of the winning images in the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle from the 14th to 20th May, 11am to 4pm.

Lulworth Heritage Coast Centre will host the exhibition 3rd to 17th June.

Further venues for the exhibition are at:

Beer Bomb Shelter, East Devon  from 20th June to 3rd July

Sidmouth Library, East Devon from 10th July to 22nd July

East Devon District Council  Members area from 22nd July to 26th July

Exmouth Bowling Alley, East Devon until Aug 19th

Budleigh Town Hall, East Devon from Aug 20th to 27th August.

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