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New competition to capture the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales

Grassington, February 23, 2012.

Amateur and professional photographers are being invited to enter their favourite snapshots of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a fantastic, free competition.

Pictures can be submitted in any of four categories and there are some must-have prizes waiting for the lucky winners – including being featured in a public exhibition.

The competition aims to find what people think are the most important qualities of the National Park. And they are being invited to back up their visual entry with a brief written summary of their thoughts on what the area should offer for residents and visitors alike in years to come.

Kate Green, Communications Manager at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), said: “We want to find out what people value about the National Park now and what they would like it to become in the future.

“The photos can portray either the positive or negative aspects of their favourite things in the National Park. For example, if you enjoy far-reaching views, you could submit a snapshot of a sweeping landscape, or you could send in an image of something that is obstructing the view and you think is an issue that needs addressing.

“In the accompanying text you have the chance to explain why you sent in the photograph and tell us what you think those charged with caring for the National Park should do to keep the area special for you.”   

The competition – called ‘Your Yorkshire Dales National Park: a snapshot’ – will run until November 9 and the photos can be of any subject matter in the categories wildlife and habitats, people and places, fun and adventure, and farming, tourism and other employment. They must have been taken within the National Park boundary.

The winners will be announced on November 23.

Any entries submitted by 30 April will also be used to help shape the next National Park Management Plan, which will set out what the YDNPA and other organisations will be doing to look after this fragile and sensitive landscape and to support its local communities in the future.

More information about the competition – including how to enter – is available on the National Park Authority website at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/your.

There will be both an adult and an under-18s overall winner. Each will win:

  • a prized spot in the Your Yorkshire Dales National Park photo exhibition at Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes next February
  • a framed copy of their image for them to keep
  • their picture featured in The Visitor 2013 – the official guide to the Yorkshire Dales National Park that is read by more than 200,000 people
  • a backpack filled with delicious local produce to help keep them fuelled up for their next photo expedition.

The top five photos (including the overall winners) will be turned into a postcard that will be sold at the National Park Centres and will be featured on the Authority website at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk.

The top 20 photos (including the overall winners) will also appear in a new National Park Management Plan to be published in 2013. The Plan will outline the long-term vision for the National Park and set out the specific things that will be done over the next five years.

Carl Lis, the YDNPA’s Chaiman, said: “We are expecting sackfuls of entries because people have such strong feelings and passion about this beautiful National Park.

“We’re eager to see all the different things people value about the Dales – whether that’s the landscape, the wildlife, the people, or something entirely different – and then, through the National Park Management Plan, develop ways to respond to these views.”

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