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1St Place Misty Glade Chevin Wood By Ashley Franklin ARPS
CREDIT: Ashley Franklin ARPS

RPS Landscape Group Monthly Competition August 2023

An online monthly Photography competition for RPS Landscape Group Members.

Winners Announcement

Landscape Group Members submitted another stunning collection of images to the Landscape Group competition during August 2023.


1st Place

Misty Glade Chevin Wood by Ashley Franklin ARPS

This wondrous wooded walkway known as The Chevin is my Elysian Fields. This ancient track is situated just beyond the rear field of my house in the Derbyshire village of Milford. I have a shameful admission… although I have lived here for 45 years, I only discovered The Chevin’s photogenic beauty 15 years ago when I collaborated with a rambler on a Derbyshire walks book. My pathetic excuse – apart from being a lazy old git - is that in spite of its proximity, getting there is a slow trudge up a steep track. However, in more recent years, I have taken a deep breath and made the trek, especially when I have eyed some mist beyond my field on any crisp autumn morning. When I got up here one recent morning in late November, I saw that the dramatic canopies of snaggly trees with their gnarled branches made this misty vista all the more atmospheric. Indeed, this was the most perfect autumn morning I can remember and I recall thinking: ‘I hope this image won’t be seen by any filmmakers, otherwise they will descend on this place before you can say Game of Thrones. As it happens, this image is going to be seen a lot more because it’s not just the photo of the month here but has also been included in my latest publication, the first-ever photo book of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

This image also reminds me why it was such a good idea to join the RPS Landscape Group in 2022 because in the group’s Summer 2022 magazine, I saw a wonderful FRPS panel by Dr Edward Hyde, which was achieved by a walk in the woods. Well, several walks, actually. I have just looked at that panel again, and it’s heartening that my winning image has a similar feel to Edward’s autumn captures. His panel has shown me that it is possible to achieve an FRPS with images of trees, woods and forests, and I think that maybe with greater application, I could strive to earn MY fellowship. I have about half a dozen equally atmospheric images of The Chevin I’m pleased with, so… only 15 images to go!


See more of Ashley's photography


2nd Place

Lakeside solitude by Mark Hetherington


3rd Place

Light on the Weir by Chris Burgess





How To Enter

RPS Landscape Group members may submit one jpg image, per month.  Before submitting, please resize your image to 2000px wide. 

Members are able to add their own image on the monthly competition page by clicking on the 'Add Photo'.  After loading the image please add the title and your name and do include your RPS distinction.  

Winners and runners up will have their images displayed on RPS Landscape website, Facebook the Newsletter and Instagram

All Landscape Group members will be invited to vote and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed winners will be announced on the RPS Landscape Group website and RPS Landscape Group's Social Media on the 1st of the month.

Open for entries 1st to 23rd.

Voting takes place 24th to 28th.

The Prize Your choice from one of fotovue's outdoor photography books with high-quality location information showing from where to take the best photographs or the excellent book, Britain's Best Landscapes and How to Photograph Them by Robert Harvey.


Look out on the RPS Landscape Group Facebook page for updates.




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