National Trust 2019 Handbook photo competition winners announced

01 November 2018


A photograph of a young boy at Prawle Point in South Devon will appear on the cover of the 2019 National Trust Handbook, and be seen by the charity’s five million members, following a competition to find new imagery for the annual guide.


Ed Silvester won the contest with the picture of his 10-year-old son. A second image was chosen to feature on the charity’s member cards. Brian Terrey’s sun rising on a misty morning at Corfe Castle in Dorset was picked out from the 7,500 entries received.

Copyright Prawle Point South Devon by Ed Silvester
Prawle Point, South Devon by Ed Silvester


This year the National Trust asked for entries on the theme ‘Our space to explore’. The winning images needed to show a connection to nature, reflecting the work that the conservation charity does to care for special outdoor places.  


The winners were chosen by a panel of five judges, including gardener, writer and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh and professional photographer Paul Harris.


Ed Silvester, Handbook competition winner said: “We’d driven down from London for an Easter break in Devon. Prawle Point was our morning and evening playground. The kids would explore the rock pools and splash in puddles, doing all the things kids do when they’re not distracted by their phones.


I was photographing the sunset one evening when my 10-year-old son Adam came bounding into the frame. I like that he’s got his boots on, he’s not looking at a screen – he’s just jumping over the rocks. For me it captures the essence of what childhood is about.”

Landscape and travel photographer Paul Harris, who helped judge the competition, said: “This image has so much vitality both in the subject and in the way it makes you feel. Colour, energy and a sense of adventure all combine to allow the viewer in.”


Member card winner Brian Terrey said: “That morning I climbed the hill to the west of Corfe, hoping for a break in the clouds. You never know what the weather is going to be like up there, it’s so unpredictable. Luckily the sun burst through and everything came together – the sky, the mist, the atmosphere.


Corfe is one of those enchanting places that I’ll never get bored of. I used to visit as a child and roll down the grass banks around the castle. Now I take my six year old boy. It’s somewhere I’ve grown up with and somewhere I’ll always come back to.”



The competition will run again next year.





Main picture copyright: Corfe Castle, Dorset by Brian Terrey