Photography Competition

Seaton Valley Photography Competition 2023

The Seaton Valley Photography Competition 2023 attracted over 250 entries across the five categories of Landscape, Wildlife, Village Life, Under 18 and Under 10.  The competition was introduced in 2016 for residents to share photographs that they have taken in Seaton Valley that represent the place where they live.

The winning photographs were chosen by a panel of judges that was comprised of councillors from the three Seaton Valley Wards.

The panel enjoyed looking at the photographs that included pictures from the coast, woodland, beaches and sand dunes, fields, meadows and amazing images of some of our wildlife.


All the judges agreed that the wide variety of pictures made the judging very difficult.  They could see from the variation of the pictures that people and families were out and about enjoying the wonderful views and countryside and the photography competition was a great way to showcase the Seaton Valley area.

They also commented on the increase in the number of photographs that had been entered in the Under 18 and Under 10 categories and thought it was good that younger residents were exploring the area and capturing images for everyone to appreciate.

After much discussion, the judges selected the winning photographs from each of the five categories.  The winners are:

Village Life – Michelle Williams

Michelle took this image of people walking their dogs in Seaton Sluice and thought that the image would look more atmospheric in black and white.

Under 10s – Jacob Shepherd

Jacob took this photo of the trees lining the footpath along the Wagonway while he was out for a walk.

Under 18s – William Hunter

William took this close-up of a bee collecting nectar using a macro lens in the Jubilee Garden at his school.  William is a keen photographer and is also the school Photography Prefect.

Wildlife – Michelle Williams

Michelle took this photo of a Tawny Owl resting in a tree in Holywell Dene near to Seaton Sluice.

Landscape – Lee Scott

Lee took this photo of the groyne at the mouth of Seaton Sluice Harbour with a slightly longer exposure to get the milky effect on the sea.  Lee edits some of his landscape photos to black and white as this is his favourite medium.

The winning photographs are in the gallery below.  A selection of photographs entered into the competition in 2023 can be viewed here…..

The category winners each receive a certificate and a £50 gift card.

We would like to thank everyone who entered photographs into the competition; we enjoyed seeing the images from across Seaton Valley and how much people were enjoying the area.

We will be holding the Photography Competition again in 2024, so there is plenty of time to get out in Seaton Valley and start taking pictures ready for next year.