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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Go for Gold in our 2011 New Forest Photographic Competition

You can’t have missed the news that the Olympic Games is coming to London in 2012 and here in the New Forest we’re encouraging you to get ready and set by taking part in our Olympics-themed competition in 2011.

The annual competition, which is run jointly by the New Forest National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission, has a theme of ‘gold, silver and bronze’.

So your photographs might feature golden sunsets, silver light on water, bronze autumn leaves or New Forest ponies in early morning light.

And this year, for the first time, the competition is open to other entries besides photographs.  You may submit paintings, sculptures and poems too as long as they feature the New Forest National Park and the theme of gold, silver and bronze.

There is total prize-fund of £1,000 with a first prize of £500, second of £250, third of £150 and £100 for the best under-16 entry.

Part of the prize also sees the winners and runners-up feature in a touring exhibition which will start at the Red House Museum in Christchurch and then head to the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst and then visit other venues in and around the New Forest in Olympics year.

Julian Johnson Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The Olympics is a cultural celebration for the host country as well as a massive sporting event, where competitors and spectators around the world discover places in addition to new champions.

‘The New Forest is located right between the major London venues and the Weymouth sailing base so it is important that we make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’

For more information about submitting your entry visit The closing date for the competition is Monday 12 March 2012.

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