The Quantock Hills AONB and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Photography Competition

it's back for 2017, get that camera ready!

Following on from the success of last year’s photography competition, along with and Duke of Edinburgh's Award we are running the competition again. We love the Quantock Hills and we know you do too, we really what to see the wonderful images and films you have captured whilst on your Quantock adventures.  It would be great to get as many entries as possible from all ages, encapsulating what this beautiful landscape means to you. 

If inspiration is what you need, you can always view last year’s entries on the Quantock Hills Flickr page.

This year we are very kindly being supported by Taunton Leisure who are donating prizes for the winning entries in each category.  Also all photographs and films will be exhibited over the Easter holiday at the National Trust’s Fyne Court Music Room. 

Above - Last year's Expedition Winner from Robert Blake School 

Below - Last year's Landscape Winner by Frank Clatworthy

These are the four categories you can enter your masterpieces into, two extra ones for this year!


1. Best Landscape Image - must be of the Quantock Hills but can be taken anywhere 

2. Best Expedition Image - must be of a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, ideally on the Quantock Hills

3. Loving the Great Outdoors – any image that you think fits the category

4. Film entry – fits any of the above but is a film no longer than 30 seconds


The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 23rd February 2018, so get snapping or take a look through your shots from the past year.  See below for full rules of the competition and how to submit your entries. 

Jeff Brown, Somerset County Council’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager says:

“The Quantock Hills provide the setting for thousands of young people on their first Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition.  This 2 day, 1 night adventure will provide a physical and mental challenge as well as teaching practical life skills; navigation, countryside code, route planning, campcraft, teamwork and leadership.  This competition will allow them to share all their experiences, good and bad, so don’t forget the photos of; sore feet, walking through horizontal rain, the World’s best hot chocolate cooked on a Trangia at the end of day 1, or the feeling of pride when you complete your first ever expedition.”  


Chris Edwards, Manager, Quantock Hills AONB Service says:

“So many fantastic amateur photographers are inspired by the Quantock Hills and we regularly see really great photos on Facebook and Flickr so do submit your best Quantock images to this competition and we will showcase them in an exhibition and on social media. We may even use them (accredited of course) in documents we produce – celebrating your impressions of this nationally protected landscape in a more lasting format.” 


Rules of the competition

  • A maximum of three entries per person per category is allowed, if you want to enter an image in more than one category you can.
  • Any drone footage entered must adhere to our drone policy. 
  • Any recognisable people in the photo or film must have given their permission for it to be entered into the competition and for the AONB and DofE to use the photo or film for promotional purposes.
  • By submitting an entry to the competition you are giving permission for the Quantock Hills AONB Service and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to use your photo or film in their marketing material, displays, leaflets, magazine and newspaper articles (produced by third parties) cards, calendars and other forms of publicity at our discretion. Your photo or film will be credited to you.


To enter please email your images to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) along with a completed entry form which can be downloaded here

If you are submitting lots of images or they are very high resolution (anything over 10MB) please use Google Drive or alternatively download the images onto a USB and post them to us along with your entry form to Quantock Hills AONB Service, Fyne Court, Broomfield, Bridgwater, TA5 2EQ.  

Good luck everyone!

Katy Coate - October 2017

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Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund

The Quantock Hills AONB Service now has a Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund providing grants of up to £20,000 to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals. The fund has been provided by EDF Energy and is part of the mitigation measures associated with the Hinkley Point C development.

Information leaflets

Find out more about the geology of the Quantock Hills AONB, why the heathland is so important for birds, the red deer on the Quantocks and why the history of the landscape is so special.

Other organisations and activities in the Quantocks

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Photography Competition Entry Form

Please down load and return with your fabulous entries

Policys and Codes of Conduct

Everyone enjoys spending their time on the hills doing different activities. Below are some guidance and policy documents to ensure they are carried out safely and that wider regulations are followed.

Quantock Deer Count Results

Annual deer count results for 2010 to 2017

Quantock Hills and Planning

Downloadable documents for you to better understand the Quantock AONB and planning processes

Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) Papers 2014 - 2017

Papers from the partnership committee the Joint Advisory Committee

Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019

This is the the Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019. It will guide work carried out to protect and enhance the Quantock Hills by the AONB team and all our partners. It has been agreed by the Secretary of State for the Environment and adopted by Somerset County Council, West Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Quantock Hills Visitor Guide

Quantock Hills Visitor Guide

Recreation Leaflets

a full range of leaflets from circular walks to event guides and leaflets to allow you to enjoy the best of the hills

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Tick Leaflet

Ticks are becoming more common and a bite from this spider-like parasite could lead to Lyme Disease. This is a treatable infection caused by bacterium transmitted by ticks when they bite. Not every tick carries Lyme Disease and it is important to realise that the disease is relatively rare.


Useful Contacts

Quantock AONB Service
Tel: 01823 451 884

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01823 652 400

National Trust
Tel: 01823 451 814

Forestry Commission
Tel: 01278 732 319