The RSPB announced the winner of their photography competition and the prize is a camping trip to The Secret Campsite where we look forward to meeting them all and seeing what images they can capture of the wildlife that we have around the campsite. There were over 70 entries.

There were four categories in the competition, Landscapes, Wildlife, Urban Wildlife and Families Enjoying the South Downs.

The competition, which was launched in October and ran until 28 February, aimed to celebrate the landscape of the South Downs with its range of habitats, stunning views and abundant wildlife.

Chris Mole, winner in the landscapes section, took an atmospheric shot of the fields above Plumpton and Neil Hulme was first in the wildlife section with a beautifully detailed shot of a Duke of Burgundy butterfly at North Marden.

Mark Jones’s shot of a fox and a dog meeting at Tilmore Brook was first in the urban wildlife category, and Rebecca Berry won the Families Enjoying the South Downs section with a picture of a youngster jumping against a background of colourful hang gliders. I’d love to post all of the winning pictures but sadly i can’t seem to re size them to fit the web site

The winners were presented with their prizes on Saturday 22 March at the RSPB’s Pulborough Brooks nature reserve. The public will be able to view the images in the reserves tea room from Sunday 23 March onwards.

Here is a full list of the three winners in each section:


1st place: Rape Fields above Plumpton by Chris Mole

2nd place: First Light, Chanctonbury Ring by Martin Birchall

3rd place: Deep and Crisp and Even by Sue Povey


1st place: Duke of Burgundy Butterfly at North Marden by Neil Hulme

2nd place: Brimstone at Kithurst Hill by Julie Redford

3rd place: Mating Chalkhill Blue Butterflies, Cissbury Ring by Kenneth Turner

Urban Wildlife:

1st place: Fox Encounter, Tilmore Brook, Petersfield by Mark Jones

2nd place: Wheel of Life by Rich Howorth

3rd place: Treecreeper in Petersfield Garden by Judith Jones

Families Enjoying the South Downs:

1st place: The Leap! by Rebecca Berry

2nd place: Running on the Downs by Chris Mole

3rd place: South Downs Way – descending from Beacon Hill near Harting Down by Mark Jones

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