Capture Nature in an AONB Photography Competition

Tuesday 4th May 2021

The management of three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Ring of Gullion, Mournes and Strangford and Lecale, are inviting you to enter photographic images into their annual AONB Photography Competition.

Image taken by 2020 finalist Neil Finlay

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Nature in my AONB’. Whether you’re in the Ring of Gullion, Mournes or Strangford and Lecale AONBs, the judges want to see your interpretation of natural beauty captured in one of these three areas.

What represents ‘nature’ is open to the interpretation of the photographer, but entries should feature landscape photographs taken in either the Ring of Gullion, Mournes or Strangford and Lecale AONBs; or wildlife (plants or animals) in a natural setting.

Amateur photographers of all ages are encouraged to submit their digital photographs to the competition for 2021, running until the 17 August 2021. Teachers and parents are encouraged to get all those budding, under 14-year-old photographers out and about with their cameras over the next few months.

A 1st prize of £100 for entrants over 14 years of age, and £25 for those under 14 years old, is up for grabs. The top 13 images will also feature in 2022 AONB Calendar.  This is a fantastic opportunity for amateur photographers to showcase their photography skills, while helping to promote the outstanding beauty qualities of the three AONBs.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said:

“Our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty showcase the very best of the natural world around us. Each year, the AONB management teams run this exciting competition, allowing you to submit images of the AONBs that are special to you. I was delighted to be part of last year’s judging panel; the standard of entries was very high and the resulting AONB Calendar was excellent! This year we invite you to consider the natural world, the landscape, the plant life and the wildlife and share an image of it with us. To find inspiration, why not download the ‘Moved by Nature’ Calendar found on There are lots of ideas that will inspire the amateur photographer.”

To enter the competition, visit Experience Gullion, then click on ‘competitions’ at the top of the page. Photographs of pets, zoo animals or other wildlife in captivity are not eligible for the competition. Only photos taken in the AONBs will be accepted.