‘Love Your Lakes’ Photo and Video Competition 2015



After the huge success of last year’s ‘Love your Lakes’ photo and video competition South West Lakes Trust and South West Water have decided to hold it again this year.

The competition, now in its third year, is to encourage people of all ages to make the most of the fantastic photo and filming opportunities at their lakes across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset. The Lakes of the South West are popular among amateur and professional photographers and videographers alike, the opportunities are endless.
This year there will be three photo categories – the beauty of water, activities and flora and fauna and two video categories – nature and action. Photos and videos must be taken at one of South West Lakes Trust lakes. £250 will be awarded to the overall winning photograph and video and £100 for each individual category winner. Runner up prizes will also be awarded.
The ‘Love your Lakes’ photo and video competition is free to enter and will be judged by Evelyn Stacey, former Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, Monica Read, Customer Relations and Business Development Director of South West Water and also a Trustee of South West Lakes Trust and last but at no means least renowned professional news and sport photographer Richard Austin.
Richard has been working at the top end of the newspaper and magazine industry for more than a quarter of a century. His photographs are used all over the world in newspapers and magazines, and as a modern day media photographer Richard’s ability to adapt his photographic work not only to news and sport – but also in the expanding business world of Public Relations and Web Site photography.
Evelyn Stacey said, “Everyone in our area has a lake within thirty minutes’ drive of their home, providing a perfect setting for perfecting photography skills. Throughout the year the landscape changes, shadows lengthen and shorten and greenery appears and disappears, giving photographers the fascinating challenge of capturing their favourite locations in differing stages. I really look forward to judging the competition each year, knowing that it is a great leveller, open to people of all ages and abilities. Please feel encouraged to take a trip to a lake near you, you never know what wildlife you will encounter or how much fun it can be trying to get an action shot or a video of that special scene.”
Monica Read added: “The photographs entered in this competition over the past two years confirm for me that the work we do for recreation and nature at our reservoirs is so worthwhile. They reveal the myriad ways people enjoy the lakes, whether for sport and recreation or for pleasure in the natural beauty and wildlife and it is always a treat to see this through the eyes of the people who visit the lakes and cherish them.”
Please send your photos and videos via Dropbox to rvine@swlakestrust.org.uk. If you are unfamiliar with dropbox please send your entries directly to rvine@swlakestrust.org.uk.
More information can be found on the South West Lakes Trust website www.swlakestrust.org.uk or by contacting Rosie Vine, South West Lakes Trust Marketing and Publicity Officer – rvine@swlakestrust.org.uk, 01566 771930.

Photo competition closing date:
30 September 2015


Terms and conditions:
• By entering, you are giving permission for your photos/videos to be displayed and /or published in connection with South West Lakes Trust and South West Water publicity and publications. Whenever your image/video is published by SWLT and South West Water You will be credited. Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight shall not be deemed a breach of this condition.
• South West Lakes Trust and South West Water employees and family of employees are ineligible to participate.
• Images must be a minimum of 1mb and videos a maximum of 1 minute in length.
• Please enter a maximum of one photo per category
• Any titles, text or dialogue must be in English
• Any video found to contain copyrighted material that is not consented will be disqualified
• If you feature any people explicitly in your video (e.g. an interview) you will need them to give their written permission to being included in your video which you will need to provide copies of.
• No nudity, inappropriate language, offensive remarks or other inappropriate content allowed within the video and you must produce the video within the law.