The 2013 Jurassic Coast Award photography competition has its first exhibition at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre this month.
The free competition, sponsored by the Fine Family Foundation, endorsed by the Jurassic Coast Trust and supported by Dorset Wildlife Trust, was launched to find images of the Jurassic Coast, which provide a new take on this stunning and dramatic coastline.
Over 1,200 entries were received in three categories which were, ‘My special place’, ‘Point in time’ and ‘Close up coast’.
The competition was judged by a panel led by photographers Ben Osborne, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007, and Joe Cornish, one of Britain’s most celebrated landscape photographers. Ben commented on the entries: “it was great to see the enormous range of subjects all related to the Jurassic Coast, those that we’ve selected we feel best sum up what is special about the Jurassic Coast in an innovative and creative way, we’d like to thank all those that entered the competition.”
Tony Bates, President of Dorset Wildlife Trust, photographer and a member of the judging panel, said: “At the Dorset Wildlife Trust we are very aware of the dramatic landscape of the Jurassic Coast and its wildlife. We were delighted at the large number and high standard of the entries for the competition that reflected the beauty of our coastline”.
The winners will be announced when the exhibition opens on the 29th March. All of the winning entries will be displayed on the Jurassic Coast website www.jurassiccoast.org/award after the 2nd April.
The Jurassic Coast Award winning entries go on show at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, DT4 9XE from the 29th March to 19th April 2013. Exhibition and cafe open daily 10am to 4pm.
Notes to Editor
Winning entries will be available after the 29th March, to confirm usage please contact Nicky Hoar, copyright of the images lies with the photographer. Photo attached: Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon at the Chesil Beach Centre, hosting the photographic exhibition. Please credit N Hoar.
For more information contact: Nicky Hoar firstname.lastname@example.org 01305 264620, 07900 402049.
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The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
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